Stephen Robinson has praised Motherwell striker Christopher Long and says a new contract is nearing for the forward.

Long is fresh off the back of a hat-trick is Scottish Cup action. His three strikes against Dundee were enough for the Well to secure a Scottish Cup last 16 date with St Mirren next month.

Dreaming of Hampden glory. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Overall this term Long has been a key part of Robinson’s attacking plans. He’s scored nine goals with three assists in 23 games so far this term.

Robinson says that the club have handed Long a stable platform to perform on, something which the Well boss believes is helping the striker’s Fir Park form.

“I think the only thing that’s missing with Chris is that own belief in his ability,” said Robinson. “We have put an arm around him and hopefully given him a home. I’m trying to extend that and I think we are very close to doing something.

A deal is close for Long. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He’s a boy with a lot of talent. He has good feet and can run in behind. If he really believes in himself and doesn’t beat himself up about mistakes, we’re a club that encourages players that try things and get in one versus one situations.

“We don’t care if they don’t come off but if he keeps believing he can be a really big asset in the game. His second goal was a superb finish which showed his quality. His movement, touch and strike for the third goal, albeit maybe an error, he deserved that. If you don’t shoot you don’t score.

“We give people a platform to play football. Chris has sort of bounced about and not really found a home.  Me and my coaching staff have a lot of time for him. I think his agent is very sensible, he sees it as a place to put him in the shop window.

New deal nearing for the Motherwell forward. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“We know we won’t keep Chris forever if he keeps doing what he’s doing but for me he needs a little bit more time to establish himself and to build his confidence.”

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