Morton boss Jonatan Johansson eager for Dundee United test during first match

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Jonatan Johansson hopes his new Morton side can rise to the occasion as he takes charge for the first time on Saturday.

Jonatan Johansson hopes his new Morton side can rise to the occasion as he takes charge for the first time on Saturday.

The Cappielow chief does not want Ton to fear the task awaiting them as they take on Dundee United at Tannadice.

And he urged them to use the power of positive thinking as they square up with Csaba Laszlo’s Terrors, who could be boosted by the return of Fraser Fyvie and Billy King.

The former Rangers striker told his new club’s YouTube page: ‘I’ve been to Tannadice many times as a player so know it’s a hard place to go.

‘United have a strong squad and they are one of the traditional forces in Scotland so it will be a tough trip.

‘But that’s what I like. I want the biggest challenges to excite the players, to make them rise to the occasion.

‘The bigger the game the better and that’s the kind of positive attitude I want from the players as we look to go and compete with one of the best teams in this league away from home.

‘I know the players will do that.’

There will be another new boss in the dugout at Somerset Park as the man Johansson replaced officially takes charge of Falkirk for the first time on league duty.

Ray McKinnon was appointed by the Bairns ahead of their defeat to Ross County a fortnight ago, but left coach Gordon Young to take the team.

The 48-year-old took charge for their Irn-Bru Cup loss to Connah’s Quay and will take full control for the first time in the Ladbrokes Championship when his side face Ayr, who are without the suspended Daniel Harvie.

Leaders Ross County will have to be aware of Queen of the South danger man Stephen Dobbie when they travel to Palmerston. The red-hot Doonhamers ace has bagged 20 goals already this term – with 13 in last six games.

The Staggies’ Highland rivals Inverness sit a point behind in second and will look to keep pace as they welcome Partick Thistle.

Meanwhile, Scotland Under-21 defender Ryan Williamson is a doubt for Dunfermline ahead of their clash with Alloa at East End Park after picking up a knock on international duty.

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