ADAM Livingstone is prepared to play the waiting game as he looks to make the breakthrough into the Morton first team.

The Motherwell loanee has been restricted to just one start since his deadline day move due to a hamstring injury suffered against Inverness in the Challenge Cup.

But the defender insists he’s ready to grab his chance with both hands if he is called upon by gaffer David Hopkin on Saturday when Ton take on Arbroath.

He told the Tele: “I’m just keeping my head down and giving 100 per cent in training. I just need to be patient.

“I’ve played a couple of reserve games and I’m feeling as if I’m getting a bit fitter.

“Hopefully I’ll be ready for the end of the week and looking ahead to Saturday I hope I’ve got a chance of playing, but it’s all down to whatever the gaffer sees what style of play will suit the game.

“I feel like I’ve come back from the injury a bit quicker than I did before, so hopefully the gaffer sees me as a threat in-behind.

“I did come here to play games but when players are playing well it’s hard to get back in ahead of them and when you get an injury you just need to work your way back in and sometimes that takes time.

“I’m sitting here and being patient and, you never know, hopefully I’m chucked in at the deep end and I can live up to the occasion and stay in the team once I get in.

“I’ve spoke to the gaffer a lot and he’s been brilliant with me, he knows how it is.

“Everyone wants to play and with Strappy [Lewis Strapp] playing so well at the minute, he can’t justify leaving him out.

“You need to wait for your chance, whether it’s through an injury or being played further up the park, I don’t mind that at all.”

Livingstone paid homage to fellow left-back Lewis Strapp who has displayed incredible form this season which has since earned him a new bumper two-and-a-half year deal.

The defender admitted that he has found himself learning from the teenager in training.

He hopes that working with the academy graduate will improve him as a player

He added: “I didn’t know a lot about Strappy when I first arrived, but since I’ve got settled in I find at times I’m actually learning off him.

“He plays as if he’s about 30 and he’s a good, solid defender and there are bits of his game that I need to learn from.

“I’m happy to sit back and watch him at times because there are times where he’ll do things better than me, so it’s good to watch him and note it to myself so that I can go and improve on it.

“Hopefully watching him can make me a better player.”