Motherwell manager Graham Alexander says he’ll be ‘worried’ when his players are no longer being linked with moves after a Sunderland rumour surrounding Stephen O’Donnell.

The Scotland right-back has been named Motherwell captain for the 2021/22 season ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership opener with Hibs. O’Donnell had been linked with a move to English League One club Sunderland this week but there is little to suggest that move will happen. Alexander says attention surrounding his players is good.

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Stephen O’Donnell was linked with Sunderland. (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

He laughed: “I feel like I’ve gone back to January. When there was speculation about him, then the start of the summer and the start of pre-season.

“Good players always attract attention. I expect his name to be linked and thrown around while the window is open, as will happen with other players, I expect.

“But what I see from Stephen O’Donnell is a lad who is dedicated to his job and to his club. He trains like he wants to be here, he plays like he wants to be here and he acts like he wants to be here. As far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t change and I’m happy with how it goes – the day when we don’t have any interest in our players, I’ll be worried.”

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