BOB McHugh admits this weekend’s opposition Inverness have improved since the last time they met Morton in the Championship — which should make for a more difficult game for the hosts at Cappielow.

John Robertson’s men started the season poorly and McHugh believes the Ton should have taken all three points at the Caledonian Stadium when the sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in August.

But the Ton striker is certain this weekend’s fixture will be a different proposition because Caley have settled and seem to have found a bit of form in recent weeks. 

The Highlanders have gradually crept up the table and now sit just three points behind Ton in seventh.

He told the Tele: “If I remember rightly when we played them up there it was a game of two halves because they looked excellent in the first half and we were all over the place. 

“Then in the second half we were disappointed not to come away with all three points.

“But Inverness have kicked on a bit since the start of the season and are looking a lot stronger now so it’s going to be tough. 

“But we’re the home team and we’ll be looking to go out there and win.

“It’s one that the boys in the dressing room are looking forward to but I hope it’s the same for the fans.

“I think it’ll be a good game because before the Dundee United game we went on a good run and we want to bounce back from that, so that’s the chat in the dressing room — to put a few wins together and go on a good run.”

Morton were scheduled to face Livingston in last weekend’s league fixture before the action was called off on Saturday morning, and McHugh expressed his frustration at the outcome.

But the striker has told how the Cappielow players have made up for it in training this week and are ready to get back to it against Inverness this weekend.

He said: “The Livi match was one we were looking forward to and it was a big one for us to get ourselves in about the play-off spots, so it was quite a disappointment when we got the news on Saturday morning.

“We knew there was a pitch inspection and knew it was a possibility that it would be off but everyone was looking forward to it and it was quite frustrating.

“Because we didn’t know until later on, maybe lunch time, the manager gave us the weekend off and told us to look after ourselves. 

“Training had been quite intense that week anyway, so we were just told to be careful.

“We’ve been in training today and yesterday and it’s been tougher sessions as well, so we’re well prepared and will continue working hard the rest of this week to be ready for the game on Saturday.”