MR Versatile Ryan McCann reckons Morecambe can start to flourish now they have found their feet - and believes the slow start to the season was only to be expected.

Morecambe's Glaswegian summer signing from Queen of the South is rapidly becoming a Christie Park crowd favourite and is now a regular on Sammy McIlroy's team sheet.

And he is more than happy to take any position that McIlroy offers him.

"It's fair to say that at the start of the season I didn’t set the heather alight," admits an honest McCann.

"It’s a case, maybe, of settling in and moving clubs - but I wasn’t playing to the levels of expectation that I have for myself.

"But that's in the past now and people don't realise that when so many new players arrive at a club it is going to take time all around.

"I think we have played pretty well for a lot of the season but we weren’t getting the results.

"But it seems to have clicked together now and it does take time when so many players come in."

McCann, who will quite happily slot in on the right or left or even in the centre of midfield, delights in being what some pundits would descrive as a utility man and laughs: "I am a man of many positions.

"I am comfortable at the right, I have never had a set position in my whole career but I will play anywhere the gaffer asks me to."

McCann has come under scrutiny over his disiplinary record this season and has already served a ban for five bookings and was cautioned again during Saturday's abandoned FA Cup tie with Cheltenham, although that booking will be scratched.

But he says that is not down to a difference in refereeing between Scotland and England.

"The five bookings were for tackles," he admits. "And referees are much the same down here as they are back home.

"I got a few bookings up in Scotland but that is part of the game."