JONATAN Johansson insists Morton cannot underestimate their ‘tricky’ opponents Dunfermline Athletic today.

The Ton head through to East End Park to take on the Pars, as they look to add another win to their record after beating Peterhead in the Scottish Cup on Tuesday.

Morton’s weekend opponents have been in poor form of late, picking up only one win in their last six Championship outings.

Allan Johnston’s side were tipped to push for the play-offs this season before the campaign got under way, but find themselves in seventh place, five points behind the Ton in fifth.

The last time out against the Pars was Johansson’s first game in charge at Cappielow, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw, pictured. The Ton manager admitted his side were lucky to come away with a point that day, after Scott Tiffoney’s goal helped cancel out Andy Ryan’s opener.

But the former Rangers player insists his side will be more than up for the game, recalling his previous tough encounters with Dunfermline as a player.

The Finn told the Tele: “It was my first home game against Dunfermline and it was difficult.

“We had to be happy with a draw in that game as I felt they were playing well. We had played well in the previous game against Dundee United.

“Dunfermline had a couple of wins before that game and they’re a good side. 

“They have good players, they’re an experienced side with an experienced manager and assistant manager.

“It’s a tricky game and I know their season hasn’t been what they expected but for me that makes it more dangerous in many ways.

“They’re one of the bigger clubs in the league historically and it’s a real test for us and something the players should look forward to.

“It always used to be a tough Premiership team when I was playing and with the infrastructure and everything else there it’s still a big club.”

While the Greenock outfit’s 3-0 victory in Peterhead earlier this week was a morale-boosting one, Johansson admitted his players were still feeling the effects of the tie several days after the game.

The club’s team bus broke down on the way up to Balmoor and the players didn’t get back to Greenock until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

But with a number of the Ton squad now returning from injury, Johansson has a few more options to pick from for his starting 11 today.

He added: “We’ve got a few bruises and tired legs. We’re still a bit tired from the trip but that’s normal and something that players are used to.

“The bruises and knocks should be okay and I should have the same squad to pick from, and the cup-tied players I can also pick again.

“I have a nice competition for places at the moment, up front is a little bit less with Gary [Oliver] and Denny [Johnstone] out, but the rest is quite good at the moment.”