McNally laments season of freeze

MARK McNALLY reckons indoor facilities will prove crucial in the coming weeks as the big freeze hits clubs across Scotland this winter.

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Morton's Scottish Cup fourth round replay against Turriff United tonight is the latest game to be called off after several league and cup fixtures were postponed in recent days.

The winter months often prove difficult for teams across the lower leagues as they attempt to keep to their normal training and playing schedules, with the Ton no different.

Cappielow assistant manager McNally said: "It is an important time of the season but it can be difficult when the weather starts to turn.

"It can be difficult to get training facilities and you get games called off.

"You want the games to go ahead as planned because you don't want to have to play catch-up later in the season.

"When the weather turned last week, we ended up training at Ravenscraig along with Dunfermline, St Mirren and Motherwell.

"At this time of the year, a lot of teams are trying to get somewhere to train.

"Places like Ravenscraig and Toryglen are great but the demand for them is very high.

"We managed to still get our training done, even if it is only half a pitch you are on sometimes.

"These facilities are invaluable. It is another story but every town should have a facility like that.

"It would help the kids as well because I can't imagine youth teams are getting too much training done in this weather."


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