Morton defender Luca Gasparotto admits he is hoping to face Celtic on Sunday after parent club Rangers helped speed up his recovery from injury.
The Canada Under-23 internationalist damaged ankle ligaments during a training session with Ton at the tail end of January and initially feared he would be out for nearly two months.
But Gasparatto, who is on a season-long loan from Ibrox, returned to training three weeks ahead of schedule on Monday and is desperate to play a part in the weekend’s William Hill Scottish Cup trip to Celtic.
The 20-year-old said: “I am hoping I’ll be included in the squad, I’ve trained the last four days and I’ve not had any problems with it, so fingers-crossed I’ll be part of the squad.
“It’s been five weeks I’ve been out.
“Initially it was thought that I might be out for something like six-to-eight weeks but my recovery has gone better than expected.
“I was getting treatment back at Rangers and the physios there have been really good with me, so hats off to them.
“The Rangers boys have also been telling me too try and get one over on them.
“I’ll be ready if the manager calls on me even though I’ve not played for a while.
“It will be a special occasion for not only me but also my Morton team-mates.
“Everyone wants to play in these types of game and play at places like Celtic Park.”