Motherwell star Bevis Mugabi admits he’s ready to play anywhere for the Steelmen after filling in various roles this season and the Ugandan international confessed he’d even play in goals for Graham Alexander’s side as he prepared Motherwell v Celtic this afternoon in the Scottish Premiership.
Mugabi has played centrally and at right-back this season for ‘Well , calling himself “more than capable” to fill in elsewhere if needed.
Wherever he’s picked, Mugabi will do his best but admitted he was hoping he wouldn’t have to don the gloves and step in between the sticks for Motherwell.
“I am a man who can do many things,” said Mugabi. “I am more than capable of doing a job at centre-back, right-back, goalkeeper, striker, as long as I am selected to play, I’ll do my best for the team.
“Hopefully I don’t need to put the gloves on though! But I am ready to play anywhere when called upon.”
With competition for places at centre-back from the likes of Juhani Ojala, Sondre Solholm Johansen, Darragh O’Connor and Ricki Lamie, Mugabi has a fight on his hands to get into the starting XI in his preferred position – but he believes that it has done the “world of good” and helped push performances to another level.
“I’ve probably not had as much competition at centre-back like this before,” he confessed. “Everyone is more than capable of starting, which only brings the best out of us.
“It’s done all of us the world of good. It’s got our performance levels up really high. The gaffer has brought in a lot of good faces in the summer.
“Everyone is fighting for their place.”
After the international break saw the Steelmen get a weekend without a fixture last week, Mugabi and his Fir Park teammates welcome Celtic to Motherwell this afternoon and the African is ready for a tough afternoon against Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops.
The defender is looking forward to getting back to action after a fortnight on the training ground as Well look to inflict more away day pain on the Parkhead side.
“It’s been a good two weeks of training so we are looking forward to competitive matches again,” added Mugabi. “We’ve had a tough week of preparation. We are more than ready to go and compete now.
“It’s always tough against Celtic. I don’t look at other teams all that much. I like to focus on what Motherwell are doing, and what I am doing.
“I like to see if we can get the results we need to progress.”
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