JIM Duffy insists there are still too many games left in Morton’s season to brand tonight’s clash with Falkirk as the biggest game of their campaign.
Ton visit the Falkirk Stadium in front of the BBC Alba cameras with the Bairns sitting one place ahead of the Greenock men by just three points.
Duffy’s side have two games in hand over Peter Houston’s team, though, and an away win would place both sides on 48 points. But the Ton boss claims there’s still plenty to play for and he refused to hype the clash.
He told the Tele: “There are too many games still to go to suggest whether there’s any more relevance or importance of this game. We’ve got 10 games left and some teams have eight.
“Ten games including Falkirk, I think, makes it far too early to be putting labels on games. It’s important and it’ll be a tough game. Falkirk are playing well, we’re playing well.
“Sitting second and third in the league tells its own story.
“We’ve both been very consistent and we’ve both been evenly matched.
“From our point of view we want to make it an equally even contest again on Saturday, and we need to be at our best to do that because Falkirk are flying, there’s no doubt about that.
“This is the fifth time this season that we’ll have played Falkirk. It’s been keenly contested and entertaining matches, all games that could go, and have went, right to the wire and if we can make it that type of game again this weekend, I’ll be delighted.
“They are the form team in the league, they have a real flair about them at the moment and they’re scoring goals.
“They’re a real threat so it’s going to be a real tough contest.”
Gary Oliver returned to action for Morton under-20s on Tuesday and Duffy admits he’s delighted to have such a key player back in his ranks for the all-important last quarter of the season.
But he says he won’t rush the 21-year-old back too soon.
“We had Gary on the bench last week but it was more about getting him involved in the first team again. He hadn’t played any games for six weeks, then he got 70 minutes on Tuesday.
“Sometimes these games are just about getting your confidence back psychologically and to feel better about yourself. You’ve had a game, a bit of contact and you’re twisting and turning in a competitive context, and in that area he’s fine.
“Whether he’s sharp enough to go out and get involved right away, we’ll have a think about it.
“But he has been a very important player for us this season, and it’s good to have him available for us again.”