MORTON midfielder Reece Lyon says that new manager Dougie Imrie has got his career back on track.

The Ton prodigy, who is approaching 100 appearances in blue and white, believes that the arrival of Imrie was exactly what he needed to get back to his best.

The new boss has deployed him in a more natural position in the middle of the park and the move is paying dividends, with the 21-year-old returning to the kind of form which attracted interest from teams down south earlier in his career.

Lyon told the Tele: “The gaffer has been great with me since he’s come in.

"He’s been like that with everyone to be fair.

“Obviously he’d never been a manager before coming in, so nobody really knew what to expect as opposed to someone with more experience where people will talk and know what to expect.

“This is a fresh start for everyone and it has been brilliant.

“He’s been great with me since he came in and is helping me a lot in training, as well as on the sidelines on a Saturday.

“The manager has been nothing but helpful for me and I feel as if I'm improving under him already.

“I’ve played three full 90 minute games back to back and am feeling the benefit of that.

“That’s me played six or seven games in a row for the first time in as long as I can remember and in the last two and a half games, I've played in the centre of a midfield three which is probably where I feel most comfortable.

“It’s been good to get a run of games where I feel most comfortable.

“Wherever I'm told to play, then I'll go and play but it’s nice to play where you feel you can perform to your best."

Lyon has been a key factor in Ton's resurgence in form, which they will look to continue today as they travel to Fir Park to face Motherwell in the Scottish Cup.

The local lad believes that Imrie has brought the presence and passion needed for the role.

He said: "The gaffer has come in and added a bit of intensity, which I think is quite obvious with the improvements in results.

“Hopefully we can keep that up until the end of the season and take things from there.

“It does look like the club have made the right choice, he’s so passionate about it and he’s obviously been here before as a player, so he knows what the club is all about.

“I feel as if that’s what we needed - someone who would come in and put their authority down on things.

"The results so far show that is happening.”