Dundee game could be pivotal to Craigan’s future

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Caretaker Motherwell manager Stephen Craigan reckons this Saturday’s Scottish Premiership encounter at Dundee could be pivotal in whether or not he lands the ’Well job full-time.

Craigan (38) enjoyed a victory in his first game as ’Well boss with a 2-1 home win over Partick Thistle last Saturday, the first Motherwell game since the sacking of ex-manager Ian Baraclough.

Craigan said on Thursday: “I’m guessing that if you do go into full-time management, the intensity is there every day.

“The questions and the speculation are there every day – from draws, from winning, from losing.

“I suppose I’m effectively getting an easy ride of it because I’ve got two games.

“Whatever happens at the end of it will happen. If we win on Saturday I don’t know if that will affect it.

“If we lose on Saturday I don’t know if that will affect it.

“We have just tried to get the positive message to the players about momentum.

“It’s probably something the club hasn’t had for probably the last season and a bit.”

Craigan reckons Motherwell should be setting their sights towards the top half of the league table this season.

He added: “There’s certainly a squad here who should be pushing on top six or certainly knocking on top six.

“After the uncertainty at the end of last season, the summer was going to be a big summer to recruit players in.

“Some of the talent that Ian Baraclough brought in was very good; very impressive.

“It does take you a little while to settle, which is why after eight games Ian feels it’s a little bit unjust that he’s left his job. It takes a little bit longer than that sometimes to get things set in place, for players to understand the tempo of Scottish football.

“A lot of players who’ve come up from English clubs in the past have thought: ‘It’s only Scottish football’.

“But the intensity is there, the competitive edge in Scottish football is there so now they are starting to adjust, find their feet and understand what it’s all about.”