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Montrose new boys haven’t escaped singing initiation, says Graham Webster

Petrie hopes to have Graham Webster back before the end of the season.
Petrie hopes to have Graham Webster back before the end of the season.

Montrose talisman Graham Webster has warned new boys Eli Simpson and Michael Gardyne their teammates haven’t forgotten about their initiation ritual at the club.

The pair joined the Links Park side earlier in January and have both played their part on the field but, due to Covid, neither of them have been able to perform the squad’s infamous singing initiation.

Even though they’ve not had a chance to belt out their favourite song, Webster says they’ve still blended into the team and are two great additions to the side.

‘We won’t let go’

“With Covid we’re travelling between two buses and we’ve not really had the chance to have a pre-match meal,” he explained. “That’s where the initiation usually happens.

“They’ll definitely be doing one. That’s something we won’t let go.

Montrose is a good place to be and we only bring in the right characters. Midge and Eli fit into that category.

Montrose Chief Executive Pete Stuart and Chairman John Crawford with Stewart Petrie and Michael Gardyne after his signing.
Montrose Chief Executive Pete Stuart and Chairman John Crawford with Stewart Petrie and Michael Gardyne after his signing.

“They are funny lads and good characters to have in the dressing room and it can only bode well for on the pitch as well.”

Webster says the spirit in the dressing hasn’t dipped at all after a rare defeat last weekend to league leaders Cove Rangers.

The 1-0 loss ended a run of 14 games unbeaten and saw the Gable Endies drop to third.

Good mood in camp

Montrose host Falkirk this weekend and Webster believes it’s the perfect game to kick off another unbeaten run.

“The mood is very good, as it always is,” he said.

Montrose suffered a rare defeat to Cove at the weekend.
Montrose suffered a rare defeat to Cove at the weekend.

“We were disappointed and it’s put us a bit behind Cove and Airdrie have now overtaken us. It’s all about getting back on the right path against Falkirk this weekend.

“The next objective is to go on another run.

“If we can do that, we’ll put ourselves in a right good position in terms of the league. We’re always looking to get back on to that run of form, quicker rather than later.”

Back on the goal trail?

The 29-year-old is hoping to get back on the scoresheet after a run of three games without a goal.

Webster remains Mo’s top scorer and, while he admits it would be nice to replicate form from earlier in the season, he’s happy to just play his part in a victory.

“I’m constantly looking to add more goals to my game,” he said. “But obviously I want to help the team out as well.

“If it means we get to the play-offs and I don’t score till the end of the season that wouldn’t bother me.

“It’s a case of getting the team where we should be.”

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