GARY Oliver admits that he has a score to settle when Morton travel through to Methil this weekend to face East Fife in the Scottish Cup third round.

The Ton forward was part of the team that suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in 2019 under then-gaffer Jonatan Johansson and admits that he will be looking for revenge this weekend.

Oliver, who has come back into the team in recent weeks, believes that there is a great opportunity for Morton to progress further into the tournament.

He told the Tele: “I was in the team the last time Morton had East Fife in the cup a couple of years ago and we got caught out up there.

“Hopefully we can right some wrongs from the last time we played them. We’ll be looking to get one up on them, especially the boys who were here the last time we played them.

“It’s never nice being beaten by a team in the league below, so it’s a game that we’ll be looking to go out and win.

“It’s not just a daft cup game, this is a game that we want to go and win.

“You look at the teams still left in the draw just now and realistically you could be looking at going quite far in the competition if we play our cards right.

“If you get a decent run you never know what could happen, stranger things have happened.

“You never know what could happen if were to beat East Fife, you could find yourself drawing one of the big teams and playing at a big stadium and that’s what you live for as a player at this level.

“Playing in the cup gives you a bit of a mental respite in a way, you’re playing someone from a different league and it's usually not the same opponents, which is nice and it gets you up for the game.

“Sometimes you see that with teams who maybe aren’t performing in the league, they manage to go on a cup run.

“We’ve beaten Dunfermline on penalties, we’ve now got East Fife which is a game that we should be winning. You never know what could after that.”

Oliver hopes that he can make the most of the opportunity presented to him by Gus MacPherson.

He revealed that he had packed his bags ready to seal a temporary switch to Dumbarton before the Ton boss replaced Anton McElhone and reinstated him the first team.

He added: “I did nearly go out on loan when Anton was in charge.

“There was only something like seven games left and I wanted to go and get myself out there and playing as many games as I could between now and then.

“There’s no point in sitting about and doing nothing.

“I’d agreed to go out to Dumbarton and then suddenly a few hours later, Anton wasn’t the manager anymore, Gus had come in and he told me that there was no chance I was going out on loan.

“At that point I could’ve downed tools but he said that he liked me and that gives you a wee lift when you hear stuff like that and it’s helped me a lot since. I’ve not really looked back since then.

“That just proves how fast moving football can be and how quickly things can change.

“Hopefully we can finish the season strongly now starting on Saturday."