FORGOTTEN man Luca Colville hopes that he can force his way back into Anton McElhone’s plans after his first outing in nearly six weeks in Saturday's draw against Alloa.

The Englishman hopes that after getting his first hour of football since November he can step up and prove his worth to Anton McElhone.

Morton now have three home games within the space of six days as they prepare to face Dunfermline either side of a midweek clash against Arbroath.

With fixtures coming thick and fast, he is determined to grab his chance in the first team in the second half of the season.

He told the Tele: “Now that I’ve had my chance, hopefully I can take it with both hands going into the second half of the season.

“There’s an opportunity for me to really stake my claim now with players missing through injury or Covid and Josh [McPake] going back to Rangers.

“Hopefully I can play a full 90 minutes next time and I just want to kick on from there really.

“It’s been a bit of a stop-start season for me personally. I haven’t played week-in, week-out like I’d have hoped but that can't be helped sometimes.

“I’m really happy to have been back in the team, I thought in the first half against Alloa we performed really well and should’ve scored a couple of goals.

“I thought we were comfortable in the game but we’ve just got to be a bit more clinical and believe in ourselves. We need to keep pushing those top spots.

“I’ve been wanting to play for a while now, so I’m happy to have got some minutes in my legs.

“I thought I did okay, nothing special, but I think that’s down to me setting myself higher standards for this season more than anything else.

“Obviously, I have to cut myself some slack because I hadn’t started a game in over six weeks, so there was an element of match sharpness missing from my game.

“Personally, I thought I lost that sharpness as the second half went on but to get 65 minutes was a good start for me. Hopefully I can kick on from here and contribute to the team more.”

Colville believes that Morton are capable of making the 2020-21 season one to remember for fans.

He believes the closeness of the squad will help them stand out in the second half of the campaign.

He said: “We’re able to do something special here I think.

“With everything that’s happened over the last year or so with Covid, we’ve got even tighter as a team.

“I think that’s one of our main strengths, everyone is in it together and I think that’s what makes the team so good.

“Hopefully we can go and do something special and the recent results show that.

“We never give up and we’re always going to the last whistle and that’s what we need to carry on doing.”