Dick Campbell says Swankie is one of the best he’s worked with

Pic credit Christopher Coutts
Pic credit Christopher Coutts

Manager Dick Campbell has worked with some excellent players over the course of his career, but says Gavin Swankie is the best of the bunch.

The former Brechin City and Partick Thistle gaffer levelled the lofty praise at the striker after Swankie’s magnificent performance in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Greenock Morton.

Swankie hit a brace and tortured the Morton defence all day, and Campbell was glowing in his assessment of the forward’s display.

Dick said: “You saw an example of a performance from Gavin Swankie that was an example of a great, great player.

“I’ve worked with a lot of strikers in my time, the Stevie Crawfords of this world, the Owen Coyles, the Jimmy Bones, all these boys - Swankie’s a lot better than that.

“He’s too good for this league.

The performance was a far cry from the one seen against Ayr United a week previously, from both Swankie and the team in general, and Dick was thrilled to see his post-match criticism of his forward players trigger the explosive reaction he had hoped for against Jim Duffy’s Morton side.

He continued: “I criticised Gavin last week, he didn’t do well and I slaughtered him. He responded.

“It wasn’t just Swankie last week, I thought that all four of my forwards did not have enough presence in the game and it encouraged their full backs forward.

“I thought Swankie was magnificent.”

Forfar have now beaten both of League One’s full time teams, Dunfermline and Morton, at Station Park already this season and Campbell believes that record shows everyone how good the Loons are.

And the gaffer was delighted with the performance and the victory, but said he was furious with the manner of Morton’s two goals.

He added: “It was a very worthy victory. I think we deserved it; 3-2, I don’t think it was as tight as that though it was at the end.

“The two goals that we gave away, I’m very angry about. They’re defensive errors for the goals, Danny Denholm’s lost the ball then Dale Hilson’s lost the ball, they’re forwards in a defensive area and we’ve been severely punished for it.

“That’s the two full-time teams, Dunfermline and Morton, we’ve played, and we’ve convinced everybody that we’ve got a good side here.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be going into the break with three points.”

The boss has signed Jim Paterson, the left-sided 34-year-old who was recently released by Bristol Rovers.

He said: “I’ve signed Jim Paterson, he’s going to add real quality to our team.”