Ricki Lamie has been filling square pegs in round holes so far during his time at Motherwell – which is why he’s happy to see the return of Jake Carroll.

The centre-back has been played mostly at left-back by Stephen Robinson, the Well boss alternating between Lamie and other central defender Nathan McGinley. It’s been a problem area this term.

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Lamie’s acted as deputy. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Number one choice Carroll was expected back earlier this term but his injury rehab was held up by two months due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Now on the mend and back in matchday squads, he is another leader in the dressing room.

Goalkeeper Trevor Carson is also on the way back from a knee injury and Lamie says it’ll be nice to have some experienced voices in the dressing room: “It’s part of football, you fill in, but I would be lying if I said Jake wasn’t a welcome sight.

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“He’s a great lad and it’s been a hell of a long time for him. Everybody forgets he’s an experienced figure in the squad in terms of his experience as well as his quality.

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Carroll’s on the mend. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He almost made a wee cameo against Aberdeen but I’m sure it won’t be long until he’s back on the pitch. Coming into the club at 27, as a centre-back that’s still quite young, but I’m looked upon as one of the more experienced figures.

“We have loads of youth and vibrancy and that’s where the energy we’ve shown throughout the season comes comes from. But I think we can take that next step and start taking games to teams.”

Motherwell will have a chance to do that when they travel to Dundee United this afternoon. Preparing to face his old Morton teammate Lawrence Shankland, who has become a Scotland squad regular due to his form in recent seasons, Lamie says it’s a battle he’s relishing.

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Lamie’s looking forward. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“They have top players at that end of the pitch and are always dangerous,” said the Motherwell defender. “I’ve watched a couple of their games this season and even here against us they kept us to very few chances and managed to nick a goal late in the game, so they’re a threat.

“Their manager has got them playing really well and like ourselves, they’re well drilled with lethal predators at the other end of the pitch. Shankland’s just a natural finisher and they are hard to come by. That’s why there’s all the speculation round him and rightly so.

“He’s also had his recognition in the national side, rightly so. He was low in confidence and trying to find his way [at Morton], wondering what his next step was going to be at the time, but you could see in training his quality was shining through. A natural finisher and a great lad into the bargain.

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He scored midweek. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It’s the sign of a quality finisher that you see him sometimes drift through games and the next thing he’s popped up with the winner. He’s a quality player and I think he’s added a lot to his game since I played with him. His hold up play and his wee touches round the corner are very clever.

“He buys fouls. He deserves the recognition he’s getting.”

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