MORTON striker Robert Thomson insists his side’s 3-3 draw with Rangers on Saturday can boost morale following last weekend’s disappointment against Falkirk at Cappielow.

Jim Duffy’s Ton were late replacements for a friendly clash against Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers after the Glasgow club had their trip to Canada to take on Benfica in the Eusebio Cup cancelled.

And Thomson says he’s pleased to have been involved in the fixture after last week’s frustrating defeat. 

Ton lost 1-0 to the Bairns on league duty last Saturday and Thomson admits the Greenock men were hurting after the result in the Championship.

But the big forward believes the closed doors friendly against Caixinha’s Rangers was a positive exercise for the Ton players to go through to keep themselves ticking over.

Goals from Ricki Lamie, Gary Oliver and Ross Forbes helped Morton towards the draw at Auchenhowie in a unique clash played in three separate 35-minute slots.

And the ex-Dumbarton and Dundee United striker reckons his team-mates can take confidence from the result against a strong Gers outfit — missing only those players who were away on international duty — into their next action against Brechin City this weekend.

He told the Tele: “It was good to play against opposition like that because they more or less had a full strength team out there, other than the boys away on international duty.  It was definitely a good experience.

“It was a slightly strange scenario and it was three 35 minutes as well which is different obviously.

“So it was a slightly different afternoon in general. But it was a good exercise and I think everyone got a lot from it.

“It finished 3-3 and we played some really good football against good opposition. “So it was definitely a worthwhile exercise.”

He added: “I think it was good to have the game on after the disappointment of the Falkirk result.

“Even though it was a bounce game getting out there and playing again kind of takes your mind off it and gets you going again."

“The way we lost the game last week especially really disappointed us so that made it even more crucial that we got back out there and got another game.”

Thomson was a big hit at this weekend’s opponents Brechin City earlier in his career and he said: “I enjoyed playing my football there so it will be nice to go back.”