DEREK Gaston believes Morton have the opportunity to right last season’s wrong after being drawn against Livingston at home in the first round of the Irn Bru Cup.

Ton were left embarrassed last season when they crashed out at the first hurdle to League One outfit Queen’s Park at Hampden following a miserable 2-0 defeat. 

Gats is adamant his team are looking for a better showing in the tournament this season and he’s delighted to start the tournament with a home draw at Cappielow this time round.

He told the Tele: “Hopefully you learn from your mistakes and we know we didn’t play well enough that day at Hampden last season.

“The game against Queen’s Park was one of our worst performances of the season, we didn’t get going or create many chances. But hopefully we can get a wee run in the cups this season.

“I think when we look at any cup draw you’re always looking for the tie to be at home. 

“It’s a good draw for us playing against a team from our league. It might not be ideal that they’re in the same league as us, but we’ve not played them much in recent years.

"Sometimes it can be a bit repetitive if you’re playing the same team more than four times per season.

“But at least we’ll have a better idea of what kind of team they’re going to be rather than maybe playing against one of the Colt teams, which would be an unknown and we might not know how strong they’re going to be. 

“At least we’ll know how strong Livingston are going to be and we can’t let our performance drop.”

While Gaston is confident in his own side’s ability, the stopper was quick to praise David Hopkin’s Livi for making short work of their opponents in last season’s League One-winning campaign. 

And he acknowledged the qualities they have in their side, insisting Ton will have to be at their best.

He said: “If we want to progress, which we do, we’ll have to stay on top of our game to stand a chance of progressing. 

“Livingston were impressive last season, as you’ve seen from us a few years ago League One isn’t an easy league to get out of. But they’ve done it in good fashion, scored a lot of goals and won 10 games in a row towards the end of the season.

“Even after they’d won the league they managed to maintain their own high standards. So they’re a strong team and they’ll bring a lot. 

“Coming up they’ll be hoping to finish higher than eighth this season considering the season they had last year. And I think they’ll be really strong.”