ROBERT Thomson says he is enjoying a run in the team after spending months on the sidelines injured.

The Morton forward has started the last three games after appearing in the starting line-up against Dundee United on Saturday in the 1-1 draw.

It’s his longest run in the team since January, when the 25-year-old was dealt another blow with his reoccurring groin injury.

The injury has troubled the striker ever since he joined Morton, and he has played through the pain on multiple occasions as he tried to keep his spot in the team.

However, the pain has never fully subsided, and Thomson had an operation earlier in the year to try and fix it.

He’s had lots of rehab and injections to follow since as he tries to manage the injury. While the pain has not completely subsided, Thomson is relishing being back in the side on a regular basis and playing 90 minutes.

He told the Tele: “That’s one of the most pleasing things, getting back into the team and getting a run of games. 

“I just need to try and keep improving on my fitness.

“I didn’t get a pre-season behind me so it’s quite difficult. 

“Slowly but surely I’m getting there.

“Gary [Oliver] getting injured has given me the opportunity to get some more game time, and to keep improving and keep my place in the team.

“The injury’s still sore but I just need to manage it. Hopefully the stronger it gets the pain will begin to subside.”

The forward was up against it facing Robbie Neilson’s side at the weekend, playing as the lone striker against the Tangerines’ backline.

Thomson, a product of the United academy before leaving to join Dunfermline, played well against his former side.

The former Brechin City and Dumbarton player hailed his team-mates for sticking in and getting a result against one of the promotion favourites this season.

He added: “It was a tough shift, the boys dug in really well and it could have gone either way at the end.

“Last week was disappointing, everyone was really disappointed with that performance, and to go up against a team like Dundee United and cause them problems was pleasing.

“It was a tough shift up on my own. Bob McHugh was not well this week, so the gaffer had to change it and I knew I had to put a shift in.”

The forward was under a lot of pressure defensively with the Dundee United defenders often wrapping their arms around the striker to impede his mobility.

Thomson said referee David Munro could have helped out by preventing those challenges early on in the game.

He added: “It’s always going to be the type of game when you’re playing one up top, you need to occupy the two centre-halves and cause them as much trouble as you can.

“Hopefully I helped bring players into the game. 

“I didn’t have too many chances myself but I just had to put a shift in.

“I’m sure if I was doing it to them I would have given away free-kicks, defenders tend to get away with it more.

“It was a good match up between me and the centre-backs, I thought the referee could maybe have kept tabs on it a bit more, but I can’t complain too much about it.

“I thought we came into it for the second half, and I felt for large parts of the game we were the better team and then we got the goal back.”