ROBERT Thomson insists he’s ready to fight for his place in the Morton line-up when he arrives at the club after helping former employers Dumbarton stay in the Championship.

Thomson penned a pre-contract at Cappielow back in January but vowed to fire the Sons to safety before he left the Rock. 

And that’s exactly what he did, bagging 11 goals  in the league to help secure Dumbarton’s survival before travelling across the water to sign for Clydeside neighbours Ton.

The big frontman will join up with the squad for pre-season and he’s buzzing to meet his new team-mates and get started. 

But he acknowledges he won’t just walk straight into Jim Duffy’s starting 11 — and knows he’ll have to work as hard as ever to nail down a starting berth in Greenock.

Speaking exclusively to the Tele, Thomson said: “Even though I’d signed my pre-contract for Morton relatively early on, I was still a Dumbarton player until the end of the season and my main objective was to keep them in the Championship. Because I think it would’ve been a disservice if we hadn’t.

“That was my focus at the beginning of the season as well as during it, but now I’m looking forward to getting in at Morton.

“To be able to leave Dumbarton having been able to keep them in the Championship, it turned out to be a good season all round for me.

“I scored 11 goals in the league and 12 over the season for Dumbarton so, especially after taking the step up the year before from League One, to go and get double figures in a side struggling down at the bottom of the league made it quite successful for me.

“Morton have had a brilliant season and that showed with them being able to get into the play-offs. 

“At the start of the season I don’t think a lot of people expected that from them and they’ve shown that it’s a credit to the boys in there and the manager for getting that.

“Any time I’ve played against them they’ve been a tough side to play against, they’re organised and they have good, quality players in there. I don’t expect to go straight into the team immediately but I am proud to know that I’m capable of winning a jersey in the team. 

“They have great players there, the likes of Jai Quitongo who was doing really well before his injury. 

“Look at the season Ross Forbes has had, the goals and assists he has contributed. So I’m looking forward to that.

“It’s always a pleasing aspect of things and I’m excited to work with someone whose dead balls and crossing abilities are as good as Ross Forbes’. 

“But I’m just pleased to be coming in and hopefully I can make a case to start.”