Jim Duffy believes Morton must gamble if they are to beat Aberdeen in their Scottish League Cup semi-final.
The Championship club are as long as 14-1 with bookmakers to defeat the Dons in Saturday’s Hampden clash.
The former defender admits the odds are stacked against the Greenock club but still hopes they can win.
And to do so, he is looking for his band of underdogs to take a number of calculated risks.
Duffy pointed to his side’s wins at Premiership sides Kilmarnock and Hamilton as signs of their capabilities.
He appreciates Aberdeen will be a step up in quality for the Cappielow club if they are to progress to next month’s final.
But the Morton manager is hoping an ace emerges from his pack to trump the Dons attack and secure a shock victory.
Duffy said: “There’s no way we can sit back and defend our penalty box for 90 minutes against a side of Aberdeen’s quality and when opportunities arise, we’ve got to be brave enough to gamble.
“You don’t want to be gambling in the first couple of minutes and leave yourself exposed but you don’t want to be waiting for Aberdeen to have an off day.
“If you do that, eventually it will cost you.
“From our point of view, we have to be pragmatic, we have to be realistic and somewhere along the line, we have to take a gamble.
“When we’ve got possession and we’ve got players that we can release, whether that be midfielders, full-backs, we’re going to have to risk it.
“If we don’t, we’re never going to have a chance of winning the match.
“How often and when, those are the key questions but we will have to take some form of risks.
“Generally speaking, we know we will be doing more defending than Aberdeen, there’s no doubt about that.”