MORTON'S Craig McGuffie says he wants to help instil a sense of dread among teams visiting Cappielow this season.

Only runaway league winners Dundee United, Partick Thistle and Ayr managed to defeat David Hopkin’s side at Cappielow last season as they finished seventh in the Championship.

The coming campaign will be a curtailed one, featuring just 27 games, and the midfielder believes that means it's even more vital that Ton make their home turf an uncomfortable environment for the opposition.

McGuffie said: “It’ll be tough but every game in this league is tough, you don’t get any easy fixtures.

“Even the likes of Alloa or Ayr, they all play good football and all have good players in their own rights.

“I’d like to think that people will think of Cappielow and they’re dreading coming to play us.

"That's what we’re trying to build.

“We’re trying to build a fortress here.

"You saw with the stats last season that we were hard to beat here, so hopefully we can carry that on.”

On a personal level the 22-year-old told the Tele he aims to improve his final product this term.

McGuffie believes he can add make a more telling contribution in terms of numbers.

He told the Tele: “I want to be getting more goals and assists and playing more regularly than I have over the last couple of seasons.

“I want to contribute more to the team as a whole.

“The gaffer says that he likes to get bodies in the box and get the crosses in early.

"So if I’m playing out wide or through the middle then there’s going to be lots of chances for me to do that.

“I don’t know how many goals or assists that I got last season, maybe four or five across the board at Ayr and Morton combined, so I do want to improve on that."

The coronavirus crisis has caused chaos for clubs but McGuffie feels confident that he and his team-mates can pick up from where they left off when last term ended suddenly.

He said: “We've managed to keep the main bulk of the team from last season so we just need to remember what we were doing right.

"It's important we try our best to carry that through to the start of this season.

“We want to play positively and get at teams, no matter who we're playing."