MORTON’S Rory McKeown has vowed to fight for the left-back berth at the Ton, insisting he’s happy at the Greenock club.

The Northern Irishman was a regular starter in the earlier stages of the season, but has been out of the side in recent months, with manager Jonatan Johansson changing the Ton's regular formation to a 5-3-2.

That has left the defender sitting on the sidelines in recent weeks, but fellow left-back Jack Iredale was suffered a muscle injury several weeks ago, which has left him on the sidelines.

Since that injury, the former Ipswich Town youth team product has started the last two games against Dundee United and against Falkirk this weekend.

The left-back admitted it was tough for him initially, but insisted it was now entirely down to himself to keep his place in the starting line-up.

He told the Tele: "Obviously I've been disappointed.

"I’m 25, I’m not going to hide it, the gaffer knows that I want to be playing every week.

"If it was a case of having to go out on loan then I probably would have.

“But thankfully, and unfortunately for Jack, he’s got injured and I’ve got a chance to get back into the team.

“It’s completely down to me to keep my position now. It’s no-one else’s problem but my own.”

One potential option for the left-back could have been being reunited with former Ton manager and now Falkirk boss Ray McKinnon.

McKeown had previously played under McKinnon and his assistant Darren Taylor at Raith Rovers from 2014-16, before moving back down to England where he played for the last few seasons.

When he signed for Morton, McKeown credited the pair as a big reason for his move back up to Scotland.

But the left-back said there had been no contact with them at all since about a potential move, and that he was completely focused on performing well for the Ton.

He added: “They obviously brought me up here but there’s been no communication with them.

“I’ve been completely focussed on getting myself back into the team which I have done now and my focus is on playing regularly again.

“I played the first 10-15 games of the season and I’ve not really been somewhere where I haven’t been playing regularly every week.

“I want to be playing and I’ll worry about that when it comes to it, but my main focus is staying in the team and hopefully I can do that.”