MORTON forward Ross MacIver admits he has been on a steep learning curve since arriving at Cappielow on a season-long loan from Motherwell.

The 21-year-old attacker enjoyed a promising start in an appearance against Queen of the South in the Betfred Cup and has also made an impact as a substitute in league action too, playing a key role in the miraculous comeback win against Ayr United last weekend.

MacIver says it has been a big adjustment stepping up to first team football but feels he is now getting to grips with it.

He told the Tele: “It was a bit of a culture shock for me at the start but that’s not a bad thing at all, because I was just getting used to what the gaffer was expecting from me.

“It was a bit of a reality check that I needed, because you can get caught up in the bubble of being in the Premiership.

“Even if you’re sitting on the bench and not maybe starting every game you can still become a bit complacent if you’re young.

“Here I'm working hard every day in training and playing for three points in such a competitive league and then having to go home and wash my own kit and stuff like that.

“Changes like that make you realise that you need to keep working hard.

“I’d say that I’m kind of finding my feet at Morton now.

“If I’m being totally honest, at the start I was a bit stop-start but that’s just because I was at a new club and getting used to things."

The Inverness native hopes that last Saturday's dramatic comeback over Ayr will give Ton a solid platform for a tough game today against John McGlynn’s Raith Rovers.

He told the Tele: "We started to change things up in the second half against Ayr and thankfully it paid off.

“I’m really looking forward to the game today - it’ll be difficult with the astro surface, which might give them a bit of an advantage.

“We trained on astro a few times this week to try and be prepared for the game and it'll be a good match between two strong sides.

“We can be confident going into it because we know that we can play, or go direct if needed.

"We have four tough away games coming up now and hopefully we can begin that run today with a win.”