Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has outlined his ambition to keep Peterborough loanee Mark O’Hara on a permanent basis.

The midfielder scored his first Fir Park goal on Wednesday as his great form continues. In a midfield three alongside Allan Campbell and Liam Polworth, O’Hara shone during a 4-1 win over Ross County.

Mark O'Hara is on loan from Peterborough.
Mark O’Hara is on loan from Peterborough. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

After the game, Robinson said he’d love to keep the Posh loanee after his loan expires at the season’s end. O’Hara had to be patient for his claret and amber chances but has now made 16 appearances following a breakthrough into regular first-team contention.

Robinson has now elaborated on whether keeping his ‘versatile’ midfielder is a possibility. He admits that it may take some backing from the board to make O’Hara a permanent player.

“We’re certainly trying to keep him beyond the summer,” said Robinson. “I’ve thought that for a long time. I think Mark would be a huge asset to the football club, he can play literally anywhere on the pitch.

Out to keep him beyond May. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“He’s always a 7/10, he never lets you down. He has a great attitude, a boy that wants to learn. He’s got another year left at Peterborough so there may be a fee involved but if the board can help us out, they certainly will.

“They know my feelings about it and we are currently speaking about it. He trained so well when he wasn’t in the team, you sometimes get players who feel sorry for themselves and cause you a problem.

“But Mark’s the complete opposite, he does his talking on the pitch, waiting for his opportunity. He’s certainly taken it and he’s so versatile. He is playing as a number six for me at the moment, his best position is probably as an eight, breaking forward and getting goals.

Vital part of the squad. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“There’s even more to come from him and he’ll play a big part towards the end of the season.”

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