Lasley is overcome by emotion

Keith Lasley slides in on Andy Murdoch of Rangers
Keith Lasley slides in on Andy Murdoch of Rangers

Motherwell captain Keith Lasley joked he is sure the video of him belting out ‘Twist and Shout’ after the game on Sunday will come back to haunt him, but just showed the relief felt by everyone at Fir Park that they had avoided relegation.

He said: “I’m sure I’ll be seeing that again in the future, but emotions were high after the game, I can’t say I enjoyed Sunday, it was just about getting over the line.

“I think that probably tops last year, but it is a completely different emotion, if think it is more about relief, but there is also a sense of pride as I don’t think many people fancied us.

“6-1 is probably a bit harsh on Rangers over the two legs, but it is a great achievement by us and we all had the belief within the dressing room that we could do it.

“We know what it means to the fans and the whole community for us to stay in the top flight and it is them I am pleased for rather than feeling any sense of personal satisfaction.

“The supporters had to watch us not being great this season and it’s great to be able to give them a couple of performances at the end so they can have pride in their team.”

Lasley is contracted for next season and despite turning 36 in September has no plans to hang up his boots any time soon.

He said: “My wee boy is only three and he tells me I’m too slow and need more training so my harshest critic’s in the house, but so long as I feel fit and I can make a contribution to the team then it is up to me to keep going.

“I’m contracted for next year, coaching and management is something that really appeals to me, but I like to think I have two or three seasons in me.

“Now in football you have to take it year by year and that’s what I’ll do, but certainly I feel I still have a lot of football to play, as soon as I stop becoming someone who has a good influence on the game then I’ll know myself.

“There is going to be a bit of player turnaround over the summer, but there’s still a good core to build around and with the addition of three or four players we can once again be a force in the league.”