MORTON boss Dougie Imrie has urged his players to make the most of home advantage and secure an SPFL Trust Trophy semi-final place at the expense of Airdrie.

The Ton boss wants his men to capitalise at Cappielow in their quarter-final clash against Rhys McCabe's men tomorrow afternoon.

After watching The Diamonds beat Rangers B in the last round of the competition and seeing his troops narrowly lose to Partick in the league last last Saturday, he firmly believes his men can tee up a last four showdown against Raith or Hamilton.

Imrie told the Tele: "I think this is a competition that we have a good opportunity of winning.

"We want to get to the latter stages of it and have an opportunity to do that tomorrow.

"It'll be another tough one, as I watched Airdrie against Rangers B in the last round and it was a good game. But this is certainly one that we can go and win.

"I know that we lost to Partick but I thought the performance was very good outwith conceding the two goals and we could've certainly got a point if not won the game.

"We had good opportunities that we never took, whereas Partick did when they came along for them."

With Ton stuck at the bottom of the Championship, Imrie admits the cup tie is 'a good distraction from the league situation'.

He added: "If we were to win I'd have preferred it to be in a league game, but it does gives us the chance to progress to the last four."

As he fires his players up, Imrie has reiterated the faith that he has in them despite their continuing poor run of form.

He says his troops are straining every sinew in training during the week in a bid to transform their season.

The manager said: "I know what I've got here in the building, they're just getting punished for their mistakes.

"In every single game they've been giving their all and they'll continue to do that.

"It will turn, I can see that and I can sense it.

"I hope that in the next couple of weeks that we can see a nucleus of everyone available again and then I'm sure the tide will turn.

"The players have never once thrown the towel in. In training they're working their backsides off.

"They are just not getting the breaks and unfortunately for us every mistake we make the ball is going into the back of the net.

"That's been the story of the last few months."