Keith Lasley has been there, done it and earned the t-shirt when it comes to Motherwell trips in Europe- but dreams of Europa League excursions are outlawed in the Fir Park dressing room for now.
The Well are enduring their toughest run of the season, failing to win in their last seven. Despite this, they are still in third by a point with a game in hand to play against St Mirren tomorrow night.
Lasley’s been around the club long enough now to know the peaks and troughs that come with a claret and amber campaign. 414 appearances as a player and a few seasons as assistant have showed him as much.
Motherwell haven’t been in the Europa League qualification process since the 2014/15 season. Sitting in third just now, the Steelmen have a decent chance of returning to that stage in the summer if cards are played correctly.
It’s not something Motherwell will even think about until the latter part of the season says Lasley. For them, it’s very much about taking it game by game, seeing where it takes them.
“We’re still in a good position in terms of the league,” said Lasley. “If you go a full season, you’re going to have ups and downs in terms of our form. Have we been as free-flowing as we were earlier in the season? Possibly not.
“But what you’ve got to remember is this league is demanding. You’ve got opposition out there that are trying to work you out and combat you. There’s fine margins between winning and losing and we’ve been on the other side of those margins recently.
“It’s up to us to turn that back round. We know how hard we’ve worked to get into that position and it’s up to us to maintain that now. While we don’t have a massive squad, we do have players who are itching to get their chance.
“We trust the players we have got and even if the games are coming thick and fast we back ourselves to deal with them. We’re not even thinking about that to be honest (European football).
“It’s just not in the vocabulary when we’re coaching. It’s about winning the next game of football for us. It really is irrelevant at this stage. Don’t get me wrong if we are going into the last two or three weeks of the season it may be coming up.
“But right now it’s about preparing to play and hopefully getting a result.”