REECE Lyon hopes playing under Morton boss David Hopkin can help propel him to the Scottish Premiership.

Hopkin made the move to the English top flight from Cappielow when he signed for Chelsea in 1992.

Lyon wants to draw on his experience and hopes to one day follow in the Ton manager’s footsteps by securing a move to the next level.

He told the Tele: “The gaffer has helped me a lot, which has been great because he was the kind of player that I want to be.

“If I even had half of the career that he’s had in the Premier League with Chelsea and Crystal Palace then I’d be sorted. 

“To play in the premier league up here is something I’d love to do – so hopefully he can help me do that.”

Lyon insists that recently dropping out of Hopkin’s starting eleven is helping him knuckle down as he looks to kick on after an impressive start to the season.

The 19-year-old, who has been restricted to two cameos off the bench against Dunfermline and Arbroath in recent weeks, believes that the decision will benefit him in the long run.

Lyon added: “It’s probably made me work ten times harder than I usually do in training.

“It’s pushing me on to be a better player, to try and get myself back into the team.

“Obviously I’d started all of the cup games and then sat out the opening league game, which was disappointing, but that’s just football and I was back in the week after.

“I’ve been in and out since then, but I need to keep myself focused and keep my head down in training, keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully I’ll be back in the team soon.”