McCall wants to avoid last day Euro decider

Nicky Law celebrates scoring against St Johnstone
Nicky Law celebrates scoring against St Johnstone

MOTHERWELL manager Stuart McCall joked he may pick himself if his side has already qualified for the Champions League before they face Dundee United on the final day of the season.

’Well’s 5-1 demolition of St Johnstone on Saturday and 1-0 win over Hearts last night (Tuesday) put them eight points clear of the Arabs.

If United fail to win at Ibrox tonight (Wednesday) the Fir Parkers will enter Europe’s top club competition for the first time.

The Steelmen then travel to Ibrox themselves on Saturday while Celtic are the visitors to Tannadice on Sunday.

McCall has gone through last days nerves before, most notably keeping Bradford City in the Premiership as well as missing out in 10-in-a-row with Rangers, and would rather the pressure was off before United come calling on Sunday, May 13.

He said: “We certainly know that everyone was talking about the last game against United being a decider and it may be, although we would love it not to be and had to put some points between us and them.

“I would love it to be all done and dusted before then - if it is I’ll be getting a game - but it wouldn’t surprise me if it wasn’t.

“People talk about United having the Old Firm to play, but they have done well at Rangers and won’t make it easy for Celtic at Tannadice.”

Meanwhile, defender Tim Clancy is not too surprised there is no Fir Park representative amongst the PFA Player of the Year nominees as he feels the whole team has done so well this season it would be difficult to highlight individuals.

He said: “We’ve had more or less the same 13 or 14 players every week which has worked in our favour.

“Because we have such a small squad, pretty much everyone is stripped every week which means we are all together as a dressing room.

“We might have expected someone to be nominated for player of the year, but at the same time we probably haven’t had one stand-out individual. Everyone has contributed and it’s as a collective all season we have been really strong.”