Bonus time as ‘Well edge towards top six finish

MOTHERWELL V ABERDEEN - END OF MATCH SPAT WITH CRAIG BROWN
MOTHERWELL V ABERDEEN - END OF MATCH SPAT WITH CRAIG BROWN

Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph hopes Celtic will send his team a bonus if the Parkhead side don’t have to play Inverness before the split.

The Fir Parkers beat Dundee United 2-1 on Wednesday and then go on to visit Hearts on Saturday knowing a win will see them being guaranteed a top six place even though Inverness will still have two games in hand.

Randolph said: “It’s good to know all we have to do is win and it doesn’t matter how Inverness get on in their remaining games.

“I’m sure Celtic will also be hoping we can help them out so they don’t need to play Inverness before the split and who knows maybe they’ll send us their appearance money or something, which would be very welcome.”

Turning serious, Randolph admits that despite two excellent cup runs this season that the league placing is the priority for the club.

He said: “It’s in our own hands and while that also means it is in our own hands to mess it up after being in the top six for so much of the season it would be very disappointing to miss out now.

“The cup runs have been great, but the league really is what is most important and both from a playing point of view and also for the finances of the club it is important we’re in the top six.”

Meanwhile Motherwell manager Stuart McCall says he still had a drink with Craig Brown after Saturday’s match against Aberdeen, despite his predecessor’s bust up with ’Well chairman John Boyle.

McCall said: “I had already shaken hands with Craig and was talking to the referee when it happened so I never noticed what went on.

“But in any case if the chairman has an issue with Craig then that is between them, it’s nothing to do with me and I wouldn’t want it to detract from our performance on the day.”

Full story in April 7 edition of Times & Speaker