Cup draw hands ’Well trip to face Bully Wee

Stuart McCall thinks his side needs more height
Stuart McCall thinks his side needs more height

MOTHERWELL face a North Lanarkshire derby in the second round of the Scottish Communities League Cup after being drawn away to third division Clyde.

The match to be played on August 23 or 24 will see the current SPL league leaders, who reached the semi-final of last year’s competition, take on the side who finished bottom of Scotland’s fourth tier last season.

This will be the first meetings of the sides for eight and a half years when two James McFadden goals were the difference between the sides in a Scottish Cup tie.

On Saturday, Motherwell retained their place atop the SPL summit after a goalless draw at Rugby Park.

Manager Stuart McCall suggested that with striker Michael Higdon injured they may need more height in the team if they are to convert on a regular basis.

He said: “We didn’t really want to put the ball into the box as they had the height advantage. Maybe if we had big Higdon there it might have made a difference.”

’Well take on Hearts at Fir Park on Sunday eager to take advantage as the side from the capital try to regroup in the wake of Jim Jeffries’s sacking and the appointment of Paulo Sergio as new manager.

Full story in August 4 edition of Times & Speaker