Motherwell will be without James Scott when they travel to St Mirren– and Buddies boss Jim Goodwin handed out advice to Hull that Scott’s one for picking up.
Goodwin’s men welcome the Steelmen to Paisley this afternoon in Scottish Cup action. A place in the last eight awaits either side, with a cup run meaning so much to both clubs.
Last time out, Motherwell coasted to a 3-0 victory over St Mirren. Scott scored two of the goals that night and has since completed a lucrative move to Championship side Hull.
With a big grin, Goodwin has joked that he’s glad not to be coming up against Scott again. He’s also waiting by the phone for a call from Well chief executive Alan Burrows, as Goodwin helped convince old pal Cliff Byrne to pen the exciting youngster.
“My two ex-Scunthorpe team-mates, Grant McCann and Cliffy Byrne, are the management team at Hull,” said Goodwin. “So when Cliffy had asked me my opinion, I made Scott sound like Messi knowing we had this game coming up.
“No, listen, I gave an honest assessment on the boy. He is a terrific player, a great player for Scotland to have in the ranks. I hope he does really, really well and I know Motherwell got a fantastic fee.
“He’s a top player and in those two games in the league he was a big part of why Motherwell beat us. Of course we are delighted he is not going to be there but we have to respect all the players who are still there and can cause us problems. Alan Burrows can give me a cut anytime he wants!
“We’re certainly due a performance against Motherwell. We haven’t performed to what we are capable of in the last two fixtures. We’ve actually been on a decent run, we’ve only lost two in the last ten.
“Both of those came against Celtic and Rangers. We’re in a decent place at the moment. A draw is no good in the cup, and that’s been our achilles heel of late. We’ve got to try and avoid the replay, trying to get our name in the hat.”