MORTON play-off hero Gary Oliver has admitted he feels like the weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders after helping the club avoid the drop to League One.

The 26-year-old netted three times in the play-off campaign as Ton saw off Montrose in a nervy two-legged clash before comfortably beating Airdrie 4-0 on aggregate in the final.

Oliver told the Tele in the wake of their 2-1 first leg defeat at Montrose that relegation from the Championship would have been 'the worst moment of his career'.

The Ton fans' favourite admits his lack of goals this season has been a source of frustration but he is delighted he hit top form when it mattered most.

He told the Tele: “Thankfully, that’s mission accomplished.

“It’s a bit of relief if I’m being honest and thank God because it’s been a stressful three weeks or so, but it feels good to have it done now and thankfully we were able to get ourselves over the finishing line.

“The last few weeks show you how quickly things can change in football, after the first leg against Montrose it was all doom and gloom and I’d said it would be the worst moment of my career if we got relegated here.

“Then fast forward a few weeks, we’ve been scoring goals and won three games on the bounce when we needed it most.

“Thankfully we’ve done it and it is just a massive relief for all of us.

“The play-offs have done me a wee turn in terms of goalscoring. I wish I could’ve found my form earlier so that it would’ve meant that we weren’t in this position, but I’ll take it.

“But it was the business end of the season and it's when you need to be scoring, so I’ll take that any day of the week.

“Once we scored it knocked Airdrie a wee bit and then the next goal was crucial as it kind of kill the game, so we put ourselves going into a good position where we were able to go on and control most of the game.

“We were the better team against Airdrie and we’ve drawn with Hearts and Dundee.

“Even the cup game at Motherwell showed what we’ve been capable of doing at times and the difference between the top and the bottom is very little.

“Hopefully we can build on this and improve next season.”

Oliver admits he doesn't know if he will still be at Cappielow come the first whistle of next season, but he says he has enjoyed his second spell in Greenock.

And the forward says that Morton's play-off success means he can enjoy his time off this summer.

He added: “The result on Friday changes everyone’s summer, because it could well have been one of my worst ever. But thankfully that’s not going to be the case.

“This season has just been crazy with everything that’s gone on but I’ve loved every minute of being back and then it made it all worth it seeing the fans back in, scoring and celebrating with them again.

“I wish I could tell you what was next for me but I don’t have a clue, we’ll just need to see what the next few weeks hold and hopefully everything can work out and prove to be a right decision.”