Break no good for fit again Ramsden

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SIMON Ramsden says the SPL break has come at the wrong time, having just regained his place in the Motherwell line-up.

The utility man missed four games with a calf injury picked up against Dundee in mid-November then spent another three on the bench as Adam Cummins was chosen to partner Shaun Hutchinson in defence.

However, he made his comeback last month against St Mirren and had started four games in a row before the league shutdown following last midweek’s matches.

Ramsden said: “I can see why this is a good time for the league to have a break, but from my point of view I wasn’t needing one as I have just started playing again.

“However, for the rest of the squad it’s a chance to rest after a hectic period and get ready to go again when the games resume.”

’Well started 2013 losing 1-0 at Parkhead last Wednesday, with a missed Tom Hateley penalty costing them at least a point, but Ramsden felt there were plenty of positives.

He said: “We are very proud of how we played and it was probably one of the better games defensively this season as we have leaked a few. With the calibre of players we were up against, the lads did very well.”

’Well currently sit in third place in the SPL and Ramsden sees no reason why they can’t improve on that when the SPL resumes next weekend.

He said: “There have been a few dips and a few highs which will happen with everyone beating everyone else in this division.

“The aim is for second spot and if we grab that we can consider we’ve had a very good season.”

There have been two departures from Fir Park in the transfer window so far with defender Johnny Page being released and joining Hamilton Accies, while Jamie Murphy joined League One side Sheffield United.

Ramsden hopes that is the end of the departures.

He said: “If we can keep most of the squad together, hopefully we can kick on.

“There will be interest because we have a lot of talented boys, but I would rather see us adding one or two.

“Jamie will be a massive miss. He’s done tremendous for the club and we wish him well now he feels it is time to move on.

“Technically he’s very good and can go past players like they aren’t there, and he adds a lot goals from midfield.”

‘Well have extended Fraser Kerr’s loan from Birmingham until the end of the season, turned down a bid from Polish outfit Lech Poznan for Henrik Ojamaa and boosted their striking options with ex-Falkirk player Kallum Higginbotham set to join on loan from Huddersfield.