Stephen Robinson has confirmed that Trevor Carson will be Motherwell’s number one next season after signing a new contract whilst providing fitness boosts on a range of Well stars.

Carson has been the club’s second choice this term due to the form of Mark Gillespie. Whilst the Northern Irishman will be staying at Fir Park till 2022, Gillespie’s deal is due to expire in the summer.

Gillespie is out of contract. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It looks likely that he could move on. Robinson has said that Gillespie hasn’t signed a new deal with the club yet and that Carson will claim the number one spot again next term.

Speaking prior to the Well’s Scottish Cup clash with Dundee, Robinson explained the goalkeeper situation whilst providing a fitness update ahead of the game.

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“I’ve been totally honest with Mark and Trevor all along,” said the Fir Park manager. “Trevor’s committed to the club for another two-and-a-half years whilst Mark’s been in terrific form. I pick the best team to win the football match, there’s no favourites.

Carson will be sticking around. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Mark is in control of the number one jersey just now and he’s a top keeper. But there will be a stage in the season where I need to make sure Trevor is ready for next season because he will be our number one goalkeeper, I’ve no doubts about that.

“Mark hasn’t signed at this stage. He’s a brilliant guy and he’s done nothing wrong. We’ll seen what happens but I know Trevor will be here next season which is a terrific bit of business for us.

“I’m in regular contact with Linfield on how Rohan Ferguson’s doing. A lot of the games and we’ve seen him live. He’s one we’re keeping an eye on and we’ll review it at the end of the season.

Ferguson is with Linfield currently. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Liam Donnelly’s been back in training and got 30 minutes against Hibs. Whether this comes a little too early for a full 90, we’ll have a look at that with three games in a week.

“Christian Ilic and Casper Sloth look a bit fitter. I hope they come like Alex Gorrin, a little bit later. It does seem to take boys coming from a different environment a little longer to adjust, so we have a lot of options just now.

“Barry Maguire’s the only doubt. I’m hoping two or three weeks we’ll see Charles Dunne again. I’m very wary of putting a timeline on anything (with David Turnbull).

Nearing a return. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“He’s making great progress and it’s great to see him on the pitch. It must have been a great sight for Motherwell fans.”

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