Quitongo setting high standards for the season

Striker Jai Quitongo hopes to kickstart his season when Morton take on league leaders Dunfermline Athletic at Cappielow on Saturday.

The Scotland Under-21 cap returned to action this season following a seven-month injury lay-off, and admitted he felt emotional to score when he netted against Edinburgh City in July.

Although he is in fine fettle in terms of his fitness, Quitongo hasn’t been entirely satisfied with his performances and is determined to live up to the high standards he sets for himself.

He told gmfc.net: “I knew I had to come back in peak condition. I did that and I’ve been playing, but personally I don’t think I’ve started the season as well as I know I could, because I always want to do more.

“I want to score, I want to assist, I want to play well, and obviously do the best I can. That’s probably me being harsh on myself, a bit too critical.

“I set high standards for myself, but that’s a good thing – I want to achieve more, I want to win, to be better and to succeed. If I keep working hard hopefully the goals and the assists will come.”

Morton lost 1-0 to Livingston in their last outing before the international break, and the 19-year-old, who helped launch the new SPFL Match Attax 2017-18 trading cards today, has been itching to put that right ever since.

He added: “It was a bad game to take away with us into the international weekend. You say to yourself: ‘Don’t think about it; move onto the next game.’ But it’s hard not to.

“You wonder about the things you could have done better, but it is a fresh week and we play Dunfermline on Saturday.

“They’re a good team and they’ve got good players and we know it will be a difficult game, but we just need to work hard and hopefully we’ll get a victory

“We had a good win against St Mirren but it has been a sticky start. We’re working hard in training, and with the players and the mentality that we’ve got, things are only going to get better.”

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