ZAINE Francis-Angol says it was important Motherwell prevented Celtic winning the SPL title as long as they can.
Celtic only need a single point to retain their championship when the matches resume later this month, and had both hands on the trophy on Saturday until James McFadden’s late free kick earned a share of the spoils against St Mirren.
Francis-Angol said: “It was definitely important we kept the title off Celtic for another fortnight as you have to keep putting pressure on those above.
“You never just settle and leave it as it is you have to always do your best and not just throw the towel in.
“We can’t just think that Celtic have already won the league, you presume it will happen but they haven’t yet, so we have to keep pushing as much as we can.
“If nothing else hopefully it keeps our level of performance and we keep second spot, finishing with a bang.
“Had we beaten St Mirren we would be five points clear of Inverness, rather than just three and obviously that would have been a better position. But we didn’t so just have to take it on the chin and move on.”
Francis-Angol was given the news he was starting against St Mirren just 10 minutes prior to kick-off after Stevie Hammell injured a hamstring in the warm-up, his first start since the defeat to Ross County in February.
He said: “Hammy injured himself in the warm-up and Kenny Black said to be ready because I might be starting and so it proved.
“I think you always try to prepare like you’re playing, so it wasn’t that much of a change mentally, you just have to get your head round it and get on with it. I didn’t play as well as I wanted, but some days are like that, it was my first start since Dingwall and I just need a run of games.
“Obviously I have a lot of quality ahead of me on the left hand side in Hammy and Faddy, but I just need to keep chipping away and then perform when I am selected.”
Francis-Angol agreed a new two-year deal at ’Well recently and is delighted to have the opportunity to progess in the coming seasons.
He said: “It’s always good to have a sense of security, some people prefer to always be on the edge and under pressure, but I’m glad to know I have a couple of years ahead of me to show what I’ve got and hopefully push on.”
There are no SPL games this weekend due to the Scottish Cup semi-finals and ‘Well return to action next Friday (April 19) with an away trip to Dundee United in the post-split fixtures.
Full fixtures: Friday, April 19, vs Dundee Utd (A) - 7.45pm; Sunday, April 28, vs Celtic (H) - 12.45pm; Saturday, May 4, vs Inverness CT (A) - 3pm; Sunday, May 12, vs Ross County (H) - 4.05pm; Sunday, May 19, vs St Johnstone (A) - 12.45pm.