FORMER Morton favourite Peter MacDonald reckons Jai Quitongo can reach the heights expected of him — as long as he can continue to produce the goods for Morton.

Quitongo has kicked off the new season in decent form, netting a couple of goals including a last-minute winner against Dunfermline and a howitzer away to Queen of the South last month.

MacDonald remembers Quitongo as a raw teenager from his second stint at Cappielow and recalled thinking to himself how much potential the youngster had.

And he hopes the 20-year-old can fulfil that potential at Morton before even considering any sort of future elsewhere.

He told the Tele: “Jai Quitongo has the potential to be a cracker if the club can keep hold of him.

“When I was at Morton Jai was obviously still a young boy who had been around a few clubs. And he just hadn’t quite settled. But the minute I saw him at Morton you could see there was potential there.

“He had strength and pace which in any league will cause big problems. And he can kick on. He’s young, Jim Duffy will keep his feet on the ground, but I don’t see why he can’t kick on because he’s got the ability.

“He just has to produce it consistently for Morton week-in, week-out. I think in the long run he will get to a higher level than Morton and he’ll be rewarded if he can be consistent for Morton.”

MacDonald, 36, believes the sky is the limit for Quitongo even if the reported English Premier League interest from the likes of Swansea and Crystal Palace might be a bridge too far at the moment.

He added: “The Premiership in England is obviously a huge step but I’d like to see eventually him being given an opportunity and seeing how he goes. Maybe even in the English Championship or League One.

“But first he’s got to play games consistently well for Morton, it’s as simple as that.”