Motherwell manager Graham Alexander is aiming for league form after coasting into the Scottish Cup fourth round, providing an update on Declan Gallagher amid links to Celtic and others.
The club captain started for the first time in six weeks as Motherwell beat Formartine United 5-0 thanks to a Jordan Roberts double and goals from Chris Long, Devante Cole and Allan Campbell. Gallagher got an assist and is out of contract at the end of the season, Celtic, Cardiff City, Dundee United and more linked with his name.
Alexander says talks will commence at the end of the season: “The situation is the same as it was at the end of January, we’ll re-visit it at the end of the season. After a spell out then going away with Scotland he was determined to come back and show what a good centre-half he was today and I think he did that.”
Motherwell proved too much for their Highland League rivals – managed by former player Paul Lawson – but Alexander now wants Scottish Premiership form, the Fir Park club still to secure their top-flight status.
He said: “Everything we hoped for and expected happened and we’re delighted to be in the next round. We started off in good fashion, you could see they were well-organised and hard to break down. We had to be patient and work the ball, make sure we didn’t give anything away and hope we got the opening goal.
“They had an opportunity early on which was disappointing because it cane change the direction of the game at 0-0. But once we got the first goal we took control, had good attacking play, scored some good goals, kept a clean sheet, some players came back into the team and played well.
“The strikers are there to score, we play in an attacking way and we know they’re goalscorers. It was great to see them all notch. We know we have a goalthreat but it has to be secondary to work ethic and mentality. That was what pleased me most – we showed full respect to the opposition, we didn’t come off the work ethic.
“We made it hard for them to break us down. We now have to make sure we finish the season as consistently as possible and take as many points as we can.”
A small group of ‘Well fans from the local Pitmedden area, not breaking any current Covid-19 travel restrictions, managed to catch the match from a nearby container, the manager delighted to see them.
Looking ahead, Alexander said: “They were singing our names so we’ll take it. We haven’t seen it for a year so it was great to hear them and go and acknowledge them at the end of the game. It gives us a little bit of a taste of what’s to come when supporters are allowed back in grounds. We’re delighted they’re going home with smiles on their faces, because we are.”
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