DEREK Gaston reckons Morton’s recent late, late shows against Dunfermline could give them a psychological edge in today’s league clash at Cappielow.

Twice this season Ton saved the best for last before putting Allan Johnston’s side to the sword.

In September, Jai Quitongo scored in the 90th minute to hand Ton a victory — after they lost two first-half goals.

And the same player pounced in the 85th minute a fortnight ago to dump Pars out of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

And goalkeeper Gaston, 30, is convinced those two previous defeats could haunt the Fifers at Cappielow today.

He told Tele Sport: “We played them a few weeks ago and it was a pretty even match in the first half.

“But we managed to take our chances and they’ll know it’ll be a hard game this week as well.

“There’s not been much between the sides this season but psychologically those late goals could play a part today.

“The last time, at Cappielow, they were 2-0 up and we ended up scoring in the last minute to win 3-2.

“And the last time we played them a fortnight ago, we scored another late goal with five minutes to go, so sometimes these kind of things can play on the mind.

“They could be thinking ‘here we go, they’re going to end up scoring at the end again’.

“Psychologically, scoring a late goal against them might have an effect on them but hopefully it does not come to that — and we manage to get a lead before too long.

“It’s fresh in everyone’s memory that we played really well against them at their place a couple of weeks ago and they will know they are up for a really hard game.

“But we won’t take anything lightly. We know it’s a hard match.”

A win for Jim Duffy’s men will see Ton leapfrog fourth-placed Pars in the table.

And Gaston is convinced a victory will help enhance the growing feel-good factor around the club.

He said: “It’s a good incentive. If you can string a few wee wins together then you can propel yourself right up the league.

“A couple of games ago we were sitting seventh in the league. 

“All of a sudden, we have a chance to move into the top four again.

“By the same token, if Dunfermline win, a gap opens up again. So every game against the teams round about you is really important because it’s about putting the pressure on.

“If we get a win then it manages to put us back up there.

Before the last two games we went through a sticky patch, picking up a few draws here and there and a few defeats.

“But then we had two hard away games — to Dunfermline in the cup and Dundee United at Tannadice — but we came out of them with two really good performances, never mind the results.

“So it gives us a lot of confidence for the week ahead when you have been playing well.”