TANNADICE proved a happy hunting ground for Morton forward Connor Bell last season and he’s hoping to continue his good run against Dundee United this weekend.

The 22-year-old, who was with Inverness Caley Thistle last year, scored at United’s ground last season, helping his side to a 2-0 victory back in October.

That victory kickstarted the Caley Jags’ season after a poor start to the campaign.

Bell says he enjoyed ‘getting a bit of stick’ from the United fans last time around, and hopes he can add another goal to his tally on Saturday against Csaba Laszlo’s men.

He told the Tele: “I’m really looking forward to it, it should be a good game.

“We [Inverness CT] went through a bad spell at the start of last season and then we won 2-0 up there, I scored and then later on in the season we drew.

“It’s one of the nicer grounds in the league, the fans always give you a bit of stick as well which makes it a good place to play.”

The forward is hoping for a clean slate under new manager Jonatan Johansson, after finding himself out of the team in recent weeks.

The striker has made three appearances so far in the campaign, scoring on his Ton debut against Albion Rovers in the Betfred Cup, with just one of those appearances coming in the league. It’s a stark contrast after for the former Inverness player, who played in 28 of their Championship games last season, and was in every matchday squad.

He was dropped entirely from Morton’s last outing against Partick Thistle, when Derek Anderson and John Sutton took temporary charge.

Bell admitted, however, he could have no complaints about not being in the starting 11 regularly so far, and said he was not up to speed fitness-wise when he joined the club in July.

He added: “I came on and scored during the cup game, but to be honest I wasn’t really fit enough at the start of the season and the rest of the lads got off to a flyer, so it’s one of those where you have to wait your turn.

“It’s frustrating but I cannot argue, the boys have done well in the league and even in the Partick game considering the circumstances I thought we played well.

“Last year I was playing quite a lot so it’s a bit different from my point of view this year, so I’ve just got to take my chance when it comes.”

The forward is now much closer to his hometown of Durham, and the Englishman says that was a factor in him choosing Morton over other clubs at the time of signing.

He took a rare visit home at the weekend with no game on for Morton, with the blessing of new boss Johansson.

He said: “I’m enjoying Morton so far, it’s a lot closer to home and I managed to get home and see my family which is big for me.

“I’ve got a little brother and sister so it’s good to see them, it was one of the reasons why I wanted to sign for Morton as it’s a bit closer to home.

“It wasn’t like when I was at Inverness last year — when I got a day or two off I couldn’t just pop home.

“You have to make sacrifices though for the career that we love, it’s part and parcel but worth it in the end.

“The new gaffer was perfect with me going back home though, he’s obviously lived away from home as well so said it was important to go back and see them.

“We’ve got games coming up every weekend now, so I’m looking forward to getting up and running and getting a run of games.”