He knows that some key players are heading for the exit door – but defender Ricki Lamie believes Motherwell will recruit enough to push for the Scottish Premiership’s top six.
It has been a turbulent season at Fir Park. A disappointing first half of the 2020/21 campaign had Graham Alexander replace Stephen Robinson as manager and the new boss has secured league safety with ease. But key men are departing, Allan Campbell confirmed to be off with Millwall circling and captain Declan Gallagher signed with Aberdeen.
Despite this, Lamie believes the core of a strong squad is there: “They are two big figures in the squad and in the changing room, and the manager will be keen to try and replace their quality, which they’ve got in abundance. It will be an interesting one but I’m sure whoever comes in will be good.
“We have a good nucleus still at the club, full of good guys and good players. The gaffer will try and replicate that by bringing guys in who will fit the bill. They’re two top players and two top guys as well in the changing room, so it will be a tough task, but I’m sure the gaffer has plenty of contacts and people in mind that he would like to bring in.
“It will be interesting to see, but it will be two that will be extra difficult to replace.”
Motherwell head into their final match of the season with Ross County looking to secure seventh place, a draw enough to see them finish on more points than fifth place St Johnstone. For next season, breaking into that top six will be key for Lamie as he looks back on a season of European football, ups and downs.
He said: “Getting into the top six is important, I think the same as every season. It has been disappointing at times this season in terms of the results and performances, but with the run we’ve been on recently we’ve put ourselves into a position where it’s hard to gauge with the split, but points-wise we’re up there with fifth and sixth.
“That’s a positive. To go and finish in there is the target every season, and we want to finish as high as possible, and it will be no different come the start of next season. I think it has been a long season, but it has been a good end. It feels like the Europa League adventure was years ago, and it has been a great season full of ups and downs.
“There will be a thoroughly deserved rest, and then we go again. It’s a shame the fans haven’t been in and it hasn’t exactly been a normal season, but hopefully in the second year of my contract we’ll get back to some sort of normality.”
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