MORTON playmaker Aidan Nesbitt believes he can be David Hopkin’s main man in attack this season as he looks to build on his goalscoring start against Queen of the South.

Several strikers have left the club and the 23-year-old believes that he needs to step up to the plate by finding the back of the net more.

He got off to a good start with a goal in the 2-2 draw with the Doonhamers last week - and now wants more.

Nesbitt told the Tele: “It fills me with confidence that the fans are maybe looking to me to be the main outlet.

"I know that I need to step up and be one of the main men that the gaffer can look to.

“I am 23 now, one of the more experienced boys in the squad.

“I want to push on and hopefully be a talisman as the season goes on.

“I feel I can do that even from a wing position - we saw it with Nicky Cadden last year.

"I want to be involved in as many goals as I can and to be putting balls into dangerous areas."

Nesbitt admits he felt a bit rusty during Tuesday's cup tie curtain-raiser.

He said: “With it being my first real game in eight months, there were quite a few touches that I’d have wanted to be better, but that happens after such a long lay off.

“That comes with the match fitness and sharpness that we’ll get over the next couple of weeks.

“I managed to get into the right position at the back post to score the second goal and I want to start as I mean to go on and continue that form."

The winger hopes that tomorrow's game against Queen's Park will allow Ton to iron out a few rough edges ahead of their league opener on Saturday against Alloa.

He said: “It might’ve been our first game in months but the competitiveness of the boys certainly hadn’t been lost over the course of the lockdown.

“We were heartbroken after losing the penalty shootout and were kicking ourselves because we really want to do well and win every game.

“Even if we’d have won the penalty shootout, I don’t think that we’d have been overly happy about it because we were in the lead twice and threw it away.

“It was frustrating from our point of view but it was our first proper game in seven months - we hadn’t had many pre-season games so it was good to get the minutes in our legs.

“I think that with the more games that we play, the fitter we'll get, and the more that we get our match sharpness back it will stand us in good stead for when we get into the league games."