DEPARTING Morton striker Robbie Muirhead believes he’ll never be able to put his finger on what sparked his remarkable Cappielow turnaround.

Ton's top scorer has left the club after five seasons, moving on to sign for Livingston.

He turned down a new contract offer presented to him, opting to pen a two-year deal with David Martindale’s West Lothian outfit as they look to get out the Championship at the first time of asking following their relegation from the top flight.

In a farewell interview with the Tele today, Muirhead thanked manager Dougie Imrie and assistant Andy Millen for giving him the platform to show his best after a tough time in his first couple of years at the club.

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After a barren beginning, during his stay he found the the back of the net 43 times, including play-off stunners keeping Ton in Scotland’s second tier and then firing them to within inches of the promotion play- offs.

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But it hasn’t always been plain sailing for the number nine, who fought back from a period where he was prepared to walk away from the game altogether.

Muirhead said: “There’s probably been as many ups as downs over the five years although it’s been quite the turnaround for myself since Dougie came in.

“I don’t know how to explain how it’s happened but it just clicked at the right time, sometimes that’s just football.

“Looking back, the first 18 months to two years wasn’t great. Obviously Covid happened in that time as well and I’ve said before I think that period actually saved me a bit. My football was spiralling and I wanted out a good few times back then.

“In the last game before lockdown, I was booed off against Arbroath. That was after playing four different positions in an hour. These things stick in your memories more than good times unfortunately.

“The next two to three years got better each year, I was scoring more goals.

“I’d probably say Dougie’s first full season was probably the year I can say that I enjoyed the most. There’s no particular reason for that, I just really enjoyed it.”

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Muirhead admits that he is leaving Morton with one big regret - missing out on his chance to join an exclusive Sinclair Street club with only one former player, Peter Weatherson, in it.

He said: “It’s annoying because even if I had scored some goals in the first 18 months I’d have been on 50 Morton goals.

“I think only one person has achieved that in the 21st century, so that would have been a nice landmark to sign off on.

"Dougie and Andy Millen are the best two I’ve worked under personally, other people might disagree but for me they were brilliant.

“I cannot thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to play nearly every game I was fit the last two seasons.”