LOCAL lad Alexander Easdale says making his Morton debut against Inverness was a dream come true.

The boyhood Ton fan, who has impressed with John Sutton’s development squad this season, is determined to keep his feet on the ground after coming off the bench in the Challenge Cup tie.

Easdale now wants to build on his first appearance and insists that the hard work starts now.

He told the Tele: “I was delighted to finally get on because I’ve been on the bench a couple of times before this season.

“I got the chance on Saturday and I’m buzzing.

“I’ve been a Morton fan since I was a wee boy, so as a local boy coming through there’s a lot of feelgood behind it.

“The fact that I’ve got on along with having Reece Lyon and Lewis Strapp in the side shows that there’s a clear pathway to get through the academy into the first team.

“It’s clear to see that the gaffer will give you a chance if he thinks you’re good enough, so I just need to keep working hard and show that I can be in and around the first team for a long time.

“It’s a ridiculously different level from the reserves to the first team, but if you’re playing well in the reserves and getting in and amongst the goals then it gives you confidence going into the first team.

“We need to see what happens and hopefully my form can carry over.

“I need to keep doing what I’m doing, stay strong and keep my fitness up and work hard in training.

“Hopefully that can catch the gaffer’s eye, but we’ll need to see what happens.”

Easdale says that help from fellow team-mates as well as the guidance of Morton manager David Hopkin, has helped him improve as he’s made the jump from the reserves into the first-team fold.

He added: “There are a lot of boys who have given me a load of advice whilst I’ve been in training with the first-team.

“You obviously look up to the likes of Jim McAlister and Chris Millar and the experienced boys in the squad who give you wee tips and hints here and there.

“Then there’s Bob McHugh who speaks to me in training, who tells me little movements and runs to make, which has helped me a great deal to improve my game.

“I could tell as soon as I got on the pitch that the standards were very high.

“You don’t get a lot of time on the ball and you have a split second to move the ball on, it was a big step up.”