MCGhee looks ahead to Caley clash

Mark McGhee and his assistant gaffer James McFadden will be back in the Fir Park dugout for the game against Caley Thistle next Wednesday night (Pic by Alan Watson)
Mark McGhee and his assistant gaffer James McFadden will be back in the Fir Park dugout for the game against Caley Thistle next Wednesday night (Pic by Alan Watson)

Mark McGhee thinks there are positives and negatives to his side having 10 days without a competitive match ahead of the home league game against Inverness Caley next Wednesday night.

The Motherwell manager’s men lost 2-0 at Parkhead on Saturday, October 15, but don’t have a fixture this Saturday as scheduled opponents Aberdeen are playing a BetFred Cup semi-final against Morton at Hampden.

“I don’t see the logic in playing the BetFred semi-finals on a Saturday,” McGhee said.

“Although having the games at the weekend allows the supporters of these teams a better chance to go to them, our fans might feel differently about it.

“But there was nothing we could do about it.

“Playing semi-finals on a Saturday is new for the league cup but things change when games are televised.

“The money we get from that is very important to all the clubs.

“We must accept any fixture date changes by taking what we can from TV.

“And there are a limited number of dates for cup dates to be played on, so contingencies have to be made.

“Although we have a winter shutdown in January, there could be cancellations in February so it’s difficult.”

At least the break from competitive action has given stars like Stevie Hammell and Scott McDonald the chance to regain full fitness to face Caley.

“Hammy will have a chance of being fit for Inverness,” McGhee said.

“And McDonald was back in training yesterday and was fine.”

McGhee remains “very concerned” about midfielder Carl McHugh, who faces an indefinite period of the sidelines as he continues to suffer from delayed concussion after sustaining a horrific head gash at Kilmarnock on the opening day of the season.