MORTON gaffer David Hopkin says he has sympathy for forgotten man Kalvin Orsi after the striker has struggled for first team action since his summer arrival at Cappielow.

The former Aberdeen kid has been restricted to only a handful of appearances, including one start against Inverness in the Challenge Cup, and the Ton gaffer hopes that he can come back from his latest injury setback and prove his worth to the Morton faithful.

Ankle and groin injuries have kept the 22-year-old on the sidelines over the past few months. 

But now he is back to a full bill of health, the Morton boss believes Orsi will be eager to impress in the second half of the season.

Hopkin told the Tele: “Kalvin has been unlucky, he’s played a few games in pre-season and done relatively well.

“Then he’s missed out on game time because at that point, Bob McHugh and John Sutton were playing well and scoring goals.

“He’s been unlucky because he’s picked up a few niggling injuries, but that just shows you the intensity that we train at.

“When you come from part-time football back into full-time, it sometimes takes players five or six months to adjust to what you want from them on a daily basis.

“Even if you go from full-time to part-time, you lose that momentum of playing every day.

“He’s doing well now that he’s back in training and available for us.

“He [Kalvin] is a great kid, he comes in every day and he works hard like everybody else and he will get his chance to show his capabilities like everyone else.

“Hopefully he can go and kick on now.”

The Ton gaffer has also been impressed with right-back Reghan Tumilty’s form out on loan across the river at Dumbarton.

He has called for the full-back to come back and fight for a place in the first-team and believes that can be a great incentive for him going forward.

Hopkin added: “Reghan has done well at Dumbarton, he was offered the chance to go out on loan because he wanted to go and play football.

“I couldn’t guarantee anybody football at that time, so he went there.

“I spoke to him last week, he’s desperate to come back and play now. He’s got to come back and make sure that he’s going to train to the levels that I want.

“He needs to make sure that come January, he’s pushing to come back in and start so he can kick on as well.

“His six-month loan has flown in. 

Jim Duffy has been delighted with him and he wants to prove to everyone that he wants to play for the club.

“It’s a great incentive for him to come back in January.”