Morrison fires Blues warning
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Clinton Morrison has warned Birmingham that he will not be content to sit on the bench.Clinton Morrison has warned Birmingham that he will not be content to sit on the bench next season.
The Republic of Ireland hit-man is well aware that the arrival of Mikael Forssell has pushed him further down the pecking order at St Andrews - in a situation he is far from enamored with.
Morrison managed just four goals last season and spent much of his time on the touchline - despite having shown promise when paired with Emile Heskey.
Despite showing ability on international duty Morrison has failed to convince Blues boss Steve Bruce that he is worthy of a regular starting berth, leaving the player discontent with his lot in the Midlands.
"At the moment I am not happy at the club because I've not been playing regularly," said Morrison.
"They've signed Mikael Forssell and he's obviously going to be playing up front with (Emile) Heskey next season.
"All I can do is hope to take my chance when it comes even if it's for 15 or 20 minutes as a sub. That's what I had to do for most of last season, when I knew I wasn't going to be a starter.
"All I want to do is play. I will have to see how pre-season goes and look at my role in the team but I'm not going to stand for being a bit-part player."
Morrison admits he would find it difficult to leave Birmingham, as he has a genuine affection for the club, but at the same time is desperate to play regular first team football with the World Cup on the horizon.
"Everything else at the club is fine," he added. "I get on with all the lads, the fans have been terrific towards me ever since I got here and me and I have a great relationship with the gaffer but he knows what it will take to make me happy again."
"When I'm playing regularly I'm a better player.
"If I can score goals at international level then I don't see any reason why I can't score goals in the Premiership.
"This is a big year for me with the World Cup coming up, so I need to be playing to stay in my manager's thoughts, and setting on the bench isn't going to help with the World Cup coming up.
"Football isn't about money for me it's about playing, being happy and enjoying myself and at the moment I'm not.
"I have a great relationship with the gaffer and have done ever since I got here.
''He and the chairman have told me they don't want me to go but I may have to consider my future."