BEITH striker Thomas Collins has tipped their Scottish Cup conquerors Morton to potentially gain promotion to the Premiership.
The Greenock side comfortably beat the junior outfit 6-0 at Bellsdale Park last weekend in the 3rd round of the competition.
The former Queen’s Park man thinks his opponents are a certain bet to be challenging at the top of the Championship come the end of the season, he said:
“They’ve got a great points tally just now and apart from Celtic, Hibs and Dundee United recently, Morton must be the form team in the country.
“They’ve been on a great run of form and I think they will definitely finish in a play-off spot.”
The home team started the match well and for the first ten minutes were probably the better side.
Nevertheless any hopes of an upset were shattered with Morton’s superiority finding them 3-0 up by half-time.
Collins, who came on as a substitute, insisted the difference between the sides was probably bigger than some expected:
“I thought they were very good on the day. To lose by six was probably harsh but there was certainly a large gap between the teams.”
He added: ‘There was probably more of a gap than many, including myself, thought there would be. They were very efficient in the job that they done and deserve credit for that.’
It’s back to league duty this weekend with Morton away to struggling Dunfermline. They’ll be looking to keep up their unbeaten run of six matches, having not being defeated since their league cup semi-final against Aberdeen in October.
A trip to Kilwinning Rangers awaits Beith on Saturday with the away side already playing catch up on matches following their Scottish cup run.
Despite playing four games less than their opponents, ‘The Mighty” find themselves sitting ninth in the Super Premier Division – two places and four points ahead of Kilwinning.
And Collins insists that any thoughts of last week’s thumping shouldn’t be in their thoughts come the weekend:
“We played Airdrie in the 3rd round in 2010 and after that defeat the season was sort of squandered away but I don’t think that will happen this time. I think we have a bit more about us than that.
“We are more than capable of going and picking up a result – hopefully the full three points. It could be difficult on Saturday, potentially the result last week could be in some of the boy’s heads but I highly doubt it.”