Mark Gillespie left Motherwell for the Premier League in the summer – and he lived out his Newcastle dream this week.

The stopper was Stephen Robinson’s number one last term, turning in a number of standout performances that helped Motherwell climb to a third-place finish.

It got him his big move home to Newcastle. Gillespie had been at the Toon as a youth prospect in his teens but the goalkeeper was unable to make a dent in senior plans, moving about the EFL until his move to Fir Park.

Form in claret and amber got him a second chance at Newcastle and he made his debut during the 1-0 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn. Scotland international Ryan Fraser scored the winner on his debut but it was a pretty poor performance overall from Steve Bruce’s side.

But one positive was Gillespie, making numerous saves to keep a clean sheet. Whilst Martin Dubravaka is the number one at St James’ Park, Gillespie has made a strong case to rival him for those starting gloves.

Those at Fir Park will watch his progress with glee.

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