NEW Morton player-coach Jamie Butler says he is relishing the challenge of staking a claim for the number one spot after being impressed by shot stopper Aidan McAdams.

The 28-year-old former England ‘C’ cap was brought in by Anton McElhone to provide competition for McAdams and to support him in his development in training after being the sole senior ‘keeper at the club for the majority of the season.

The ex-Spurs prospect says he’ll have his sights set on challenging for the starting spot when he regains full match sharpness. 

However, Butler knows he’ll have a tough task on his hands to overtake the former Celtic and Rangers kid after seeing him in action.

He told the Tele: “I guess I can bring an experienced head to the team, having played a lot of games in England in the Conference League.

“The gaffer wants me to bring that to the ‘keepers too as well as playing.

“There are two young lads in just now and the number one is Aidan McAdams, with Chris Wylie who’s been out on loan. Anton wanted me to come in and take the sessions to get the best out of the both of them whilst obviously taking part in the sessions to regain my fitness.

“In doing that then I can obviously bring that little bit of experience to a relatively young side.

Former Spurs 'keeper Jamie Butler wants to grab chance at Morton

“Then once I’m good to go I’ll be pushing Aidan as well which can only be good for the pair of us.

“It’s clear that he’s been coached at a very good level, he knows his stuff.

“He’s a young lad but he’s played a load of games at a good level for him here.

“Goalkeepers have different ways of playing and I don’t think you should try and change that, you need to develop their strengths and try to work on weaknesses too.

“I watched the Inverness and the Raith games and it’s a case of defensively we’re looking very sound.

“From what I’ve seen he’s done well and has done well for most of the season.

“It’s going to be a case of pushing him on and again providing some competition because me being here keeps him on his toes.”

Morton suffered back-to-back defeats at home to Raith Rovers and Arbroath before Saturday’s clash at Inverness was postponed.

But Butler believes that his new team-mates are only a couple of wins away from getting their campaign back on track with the league being tight this season.

He said: “You sort of have your expectations about what you want to achieve but — apart from Hearts — the league is exceptionally tight and it’s two wins and your season looks amazing whilst if it goes the other way it can start to look bad very quickly.

“It’s those fine margins in a small league in a shorter season.

“If you can get everything to click then you’ve got a good side here, especially with it being so young, and that’s what it’s all about for us now.

“Once that does happen, you’ll see some really good results going into the back end of the season.”