REECE Lyon has revealed Morton's Scottish Cup run has given them a huge morale boost ahead of tonight's crucial clash with Inverness Caley Thistle at Cappielow.

Gus MacPherson's men set up a last 16 tie against Motherwell at Fir Park by beating East Fife in extra time and the Ton midfielder says their cup exploits have lifted their confidence going into the business end of their league campaign.

Lyon admits luck was on Ton's side in Methil after they were awarded a 90th-minute penalty to avoid exiting the competition - but he believes the victory can give them the momentum needed as they turn their attentions towards Championship survival.

He told the Tele: “Sometimes you need a bit of luck to go your way in these games.

“At the weekend, it was getting the penalty to take it to extra time and to get through to the next round, which was the most important thing.

“It’s never easy coming to play a lower league team in the cup because they always make it tough for you and find that extra 10 per cent to make things that bit more difficult, but we are just delighted to get through to the next round.

“We’ll go into the game tonight with full confidence off of the back of that result.

“We’ve won again at the weekend and we’ve had a good record against Inverness so far this season.

“We drew with them at Cappielow after playing with 10 men for an hour and then we beat them up there at the beginning of last month.

“I don’t see why we can't go on and beat them again with 11 men on the park this time around.

“We made it tough for ourselves in the first half an hour, we weren’t at our best and East Fife surprised us in the way that they came at us.

“Then when we changed our shape I thought we were able to get at them more and impose ourselves.”

The Ton midfielder insists that he and his team-mates shouldn’t fear going to Fir Park to face Graham Alexander's Steelmen later this month.

Lyon believes that if they can extend their cup run, that will benefit their chances in the battle for survival.

He added: “It was good to come back down the road with a victory in the end and we’re looking forward to the last 16 tie against Motherwell. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be.

“We fancy our chances against anybody and we’re hoping to go on a wee cup run now so we’re happy to play anyone.

“We’ve proved ourselves in the cup this season, so I don’t see why we can't go and beat anyone going forward and hopefully that can start coming into our league games as well.

“We shouldn’t play with any fear.”