Nathan McGinley says life in Scottish football bubbles isn’t easy as the Motherwell defender prepares for a return to action this afternoon against Ross County

The Well haven’t played in almost a month ahead of their Premiership Staggies test as their last two fixtures have been postponed due to Covid-19 problems at Kilmarnock and St Mirren respectively.

Robinson’s side have had a long wait. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

McGinley made a move to Fir Park from Forest Green Rovers in the summer, a relocation job of some 340 miles in the middle of a pandemic. The defender has opened up on the bubble he has to live in as clubs try to limit their players catching the virus.

“It’s hard because you come in from training and you’re stuck in the house,” said McGinley. “That’s part of the parcel of life nowadays and it is like the new normal.


“It’s frustrating because sometimes you just want to grab some food and get to know the lads a bit more, especially coming up to a new country and new place. It’s part of the parcel of life these days really.

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McGinley is under restriction. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

“You’ve just got to do what you can do, but it is hard and sometimes people don’t realise it when you live on your own it is hard. I’ve got back home a couple of times and family have come up but some of the restrictions aren’t ideal. But with technology nowadays it’s alright.”

Stephen Robinson’s summer recruit hasn’t had an easy start to life at Fir Park on the pitch either. On the opening weekend of Premiership action, McGinley picked up injury against Ross County, only returning for the Hapoel Be’er Sheva Europa League qualifier last month.

Now after another sustained period without games, McGinley is desperate to get going again: “It’s been frustrating because you want to be playing. For myself it wasn’t ideal getting injured when I did, but every player just wants to be playing games.

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Frustrating times. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“We work hard in training and just hope that we get the game on Saturday. It’s hard when you’re preparing for a game all through the week and then it’s off on the Saturday, and if we can get out go and get the job done. “

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