MORTON striker Gary Oliver says he needs to stay on his toes with the competition for places at the club.

The forward has been back in the side recently alongside strike partner Bob McHugh.

The 23-year-old was a regular starter under previous manager Jim Duffy, but has been in and out of the team under both Ray McKinnon and Jonatan Johansson this season.

The former Queen of the South player has two goals to his name this year, scoring against Dumbarton in the Irn-Bru Cup and against Partick Thistle earlier this month.

But after changing formation recently to play with two strikers up top, McHugh and Oliver have both managed to be in the goals, with the pair working well together.

But despite being at the club together for almost a year and a half, the two have rarely played alongside each other.

With several players now beginning to come back from injury, the ex-Hearts man hopes he can keep his place in the starting line-up.

He told the Tele: “There are about seven strikers at the club at the moment so you need to be on your toes.

“I prefer playing with a partner as you can link in with them.

“I’ve not actually played up front with Bob during my time here, last year there was a lot of chopping and changing, but we’ve been doing quite well.”