Stephen Robinson says Robbie Crawford will add competition to his Motherwell midfield after signing the Livingston battler on loan.

The Scottish central midfield player joins the Steelmen on a six-month deal. A combination of losing Liam Donnelly to injury long-term, the sale of David Turnbull and a testing schedule has left Robinson looking for options.

Donnelly is out until the New Year. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He brings Crawford over from Gary Holt’s men until January. He’s a player Robinson has liked for a while as the Motherwell manager also explained it allows him to now look to send some talented Fir Park youngsters out on loan. Jamie Semple and his son Harry Robinson have left on loan for Cove Rangers and Queen of the South in recent days.

“It was important we added competition for places in midfield,” Robinson said. “Having lost Liam Donnelly to injury, and sold David Turnbull, we have been short in numbers in that area.

“With the number of games we are facing in the league, in Europe and in cup competitions, it was vital we increased our pool. He comes with Premiership experience and, along with Barry Maguire, brings competition to the midfield.

“Robbie is a player we’ve watched for a number of years. He gives us a bit of bite and tenacity. He has good quality on the ball and is more game ready than some of our younger boys, who have been unable to gain vital game time with no reserve games.

“Bringing in Robbie allows us the chance to put boys out on loan, particularly Jamie Semple, Harry Robinson, Ross MacIver and Dean Cornelius. They can gain vital experience doing that and hopefully come back fighting for a place, as we develop the next crop of young players.”

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