Motherwell assistant manager Keith Lasley has confirmed that Callum Lang will return south to Wigan in the January transfer window.
The forward signed a season-long loan deal at Fir Park in the summer but Wigan, who are currently 23rd in League One, inserted a clause in the deal that would allow them to recall Lang in January if needed. The striker has scored five goals in 19 games.
That’s been activated as Well assistant Lasley hopes for some reinforcements at Fir Park: “It’s disappointing that Callum Lang has to go back. That’s Wigan’s call on that, we can’t control that unfortunately.
“He’s available for the next couple [against Dundee United on Boxing Day and Kilmarnock on December 30] and then he has to go back after that. I’ll let the manager talk about specifics, but I’m certainly hoping there will be some movement in the window.
“It’s a difficult time, it’s a difficult market place, but if there’s quality we can add, we’ll try and do that. Sometimes a new face or two can add to the spark you need to start to turn things around and push in the right direction.”
Motherwell’s latest result was a 0-0 stalemate with Aberdeen. The Well had few chances in this but did end their losing run ahead of a Boxing Day trip to Dundee United, who they could leapfrog into fifth with a win.
Lasley says the attacking element of Motherwell’s performances will come: “It was good to get a point against a good side, on a good run so there’s plenty of positives for us to take.
“It gave us a platform but the final but just wasn’t there for us. There were a couple of close things, but we’re encouraged by our defensive performance. There’s no doubt we’ve been on a tricky run but to get a point with a dogged, hungry display there’s a lot to take into this busy period.
“That forward area will come, we still feel belief in the squad that we’ve got and with the possibility of one or two additions in the January transfer window. As quickly as you fall into a little run that’s tricky, you can quickly come out of it with one big result and we still feel when we get that, that will be the case.
“Once you do get that win, history tells you, certainly from my experience, that one win becomes two or three in a row and your momentum can start building the other way.”