ROSS MacLean says his future at Morton may be in doubt if he continues to sit on the bench — but insists he wants to continue working hard to get himself back into the starting line-up.

The winger, on a season long loan at the Greenock club from Motherwell, last started for Morton last month against Alloa Athletic.

The 21-year-old was a mainstay under previous manager Ray McKinnon, but has been in and out of the side since Jonatan Johansson came in during September.

That is partly down to the formation the Finn picks, with wingers not included in the 5-3-2 formation that the former Rangers and Finland assistant has preferred in fixtures recently.

It was part of the reason why MacLean moved out on loan, when he was not getting much game time under Well boss Stephen Robinson, who plays a similar formation with the Premiership side.

But MacLean is more than ready to knuckle down to make himself a more regular feature in the Ton starting 11.

He told the Tele: “It was exactly the same with me at Motherwell when they were playing a 3-5-2, it happens everywhere.

“He [Johansson] said he wanted to freshen the formation and the team up, and to be fair to him he was honest with me.

“It’s been since Houston has come in really that it’s been changed to a more defensively solid formation, and I’ve struggled to get into the 5-3-2 because I’m a winger.

“They’re not playing wingers so it’s a struggle for me to get myself into the team.

“It’s part of football but if we lose one week or an injury comes I can be straight back into the team.

“I’ve got a call back clause in January.

“I don’t really know what’s going to happen yet.

“When it comes to January and they’re still playing the 5-3-2 then I’ll need to think about moving on and maybe going back to Motherwell, but football changes a lot and you never know what’s going to happen.

“I’m still trying to work my way back into the team.”