JIM Duffy insists his side can’t afford to look past Brechin City this weekend or risk coming up short against Darren Dods’ men.

Morton are firm favourites for the visit of the City but the Ton gaffer maintains that his players can’t afford to take their opposition lightly and he reckons his side must be completely ready for the visit of the basement boys because they’ll pose a serious threat to his team.

He told the Tele: “Our attitude has been spot on in the last couple of games. 

“Last week it looked comfortable [against Falkirk] but it was a really hard-fought game and we managed to really play well.

“If we can do the same this weekend by digging deep, showing the right attitude and approach the game in the right manner then we believe we have the right quality to win it. But we’re not taking anything for granted. 

“We won’t underestimate any opponent because you have to be arrogant to do that and that’s something that can never be levelled at the team.

“I don’t think we’re arrogant thinking we can just turn up and win. We have to earn the right to win.”

Duffy admits he’s not expecting Brechin to adopt a naturally defensive approach to the game. The Morton boss has been complimentary towards this weekend’s visitors and believes they will have the wherewithal to change things.

He insists his troops must be fully prepared for the difference in tactic as well as the organisational skill Brechin can offer.

He added: “The players put in two very good performances last week and we’re very pleased about that. It’s a very different proposition against Brechin where expectation levels are probably higher given their circumstances.

“We have to make sure we give Brechin problems because if we don’t they are very good and their organisation is excellent so we have to be sharp. If we are not sharp, the game might be difficult.

“You can’t presume they are going to sit behind the ball and you have to assume they’ll hit you on the break. They’re good at set-pieces and have real presence in their team and they work ever so hard.

“Their performances have by and large been very good and you underestimate any team at your peril. We’re not good enough to turn up, play at 50 per cent and win a game. We’re not at that level. We have to be close to the maximum in every game to have any chance.”