Former Partick Thistle goalkeeper Ryan Scully insists he has “nothing to prove” tonight as the shot-stopper comes up against the Jags – whom he left in the summer following 10 years with the club – with his new side, Greenock Morton, in the BetFred Cup.
Scully admits it is a “strange feeling” to be away from Firlhill after a decade with the Maryhill club.
“It is part and parcel of football – that players move on. It was something that had been playing on my mind a bit for the last part of last season, to be honest: I probably had to leave to kick on with my career as I needed more game-time. Throughout my whole career, I have always enjoyed my time with Partick Thistle. I met a lot of great people, but, it was the playing part that was the most frustrating part for me. I came back from a two-year loan spell with Dunfermline, but, I knew I would probably need to sit on the bench again and bide my time. Going up to the Premiership was a huge jump for me, so, I knew I was going to have be an understudy – thankfully I managed to get some game-time. Once that happened, I wanted to kick on and get a fair chance: especially after Tomas [Cerny] got his injury, but, it never materialised that way. It was disappointing in the end not to play as many matches as I would have liked but that was the gaffer’s choice and I had to get on with it.”
After playing 86 matches for the Pars in League One, Scully headed back to Thistle a better player, however, he was unable to dislodge Tomas Cerny as the Partick number one under Alan Archibald.
“I wouldn’t say I wasn’t wanted but at times, you can go under the radar a wee bit because you are a young boy. Going to Dunfermline, I was on the team-sheet every week and it is that encouragement that I required and it certainly boosted my confidence as a player. I knew Tomas had another year left on his contract this summer, so, around Christmas time and the transfer market then, I came to the decision that now was probably the right time to move on and get that fresh challenge and new start for myself.
There were a lot of talks this summer but Morton were the first club to put a concrete offer down on the table for me. It is not a nice environment to be in and deal with if you are waiting and waiting all summer to get a contract so it was great to be offered something and once Ray McKinnon had phoned me to say what his plans were, that sealed the deal for me. Morton are a club who are always there or thereabouts every year and they are playing in a very competitive Championship. Derek [Gaston] has been a great servant to Morton over the years and is a great goalie, I knew whichever club I went to, it’d be a fight for the number one spot and it is no different here.”
Following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat away to Ayr United, Scully could feature in his first match as a Ton player at Cappielow this evening.
“I haven’t played that many competitive matches over the recent past, so, I am just trying to get used to it again. I am trying to get a run of games where I can gain that experience again. The result wasn’t good enough but, as we said in the dressing room afterwards, if we can get these results out of the way early on, then hopefully we can improve on Tuesday and that’ll kick-start our season.
I know what I am capable of and I think Thistle know what I am all about, too. I am not worried about that side of things; I am just looking to perform to the best of my ability and help my team-mates out. I am not going out there trying to prove people wrong or get it up them, I am only focusing on getting a good result under our belts.”