MORTON gaffer David Hopkin has urged his players to end their Betfred Cup group campaign on a high when they face Partick Thistle at Firhill tomorrow afternoon.

Ton know that only a win will do if they are to have any chance of progressing to the knock-out stages as group winners while hoping Queen's Park pull of an unlikely shock against St Mirren at Hampden.

Hopkin praised is players for storming back against their Renfrewshire rivals to take their hopes of qualifying into the final group game.

He told the Tele: “We go into tomorrow with everything still to play for which is fantastic.

“We’ve gone straight back in and trained today [Thursday] to prepare for another tough game, which could go either way.

“I think that it would’ve been a travesty had we lost against St Mirren, especially after all the hard work we put in.

“We’re going to a tough venue in Firhill and we know it will be a difficult game.

“But as I said to the players after the full-time whistle, we’ve been working hard and we’ve got other players champing at the bit to be playing, so I might make a few changes again.

“We’ll go again, business as usual because we’ve got a fantastic group of boys here.

“If they’re not starting or playing then they don’t moan, they work for everyone and want the boys who do start to do well, so we’re more than able to freshen things up if required.”

Hopkin praised man of the moment Ross MacIver, who netted a crucial equaliser against St Mirren, and the Ton boss says that the Motherwell loanee has come on leaps and bounds since arriving from Fir Park.

Hopkin believes that the return of Gary Oliver is turning out to be a shrewd piece of business as he looks to be back to his best with positive showings over the last few weeks.

The Morton manager said: “Ross MacIver has been fantastic, and he’s done really well in training since he’s arrived.

“He’s been flying and when he came on – he scored with his first touch.

“I’m delighted that he’s got off the mark for the club because I think you can see that he gives us something different and that he’s developing into a good striker.

“Even Gary Oliver was unlucky not to start against St Mirren.

"I just felt that coming away from home again and after Saturday, despite the result, he was great for me and he was great for me again on Wednesday.

“I think that he’s going to turn into a great acquisition for us, he’s getting fitter and stronger which means that he is another one that will add to the competition in the squad.

“We just need to keep working hard and take each game as it comes.”