McCall has done his homework

Stuart McCall is ready to lead his side into Europe once more
Stuart McCall is ready to lead his side into Europe once more
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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall says his side are as prepared as they can be ahead of facing Stjarnan tomorrow (Thursday).

’Well welcome the Icelandic side to Fir Park in the Europa League second qualifying round tie as they enter European competition for the sixth time in seven seasons.

McCall said: “As a player I always liked to get three or four 90 minutes under my belt ahead of the start of a league seaso. The lads will have that and although going into a European campaign after only a couple of games isn’t ideal it won’t be an excuse.

“We’ve seen the Icelandic team and they are halfway through their season, they are fit, strong, but our lads have worked hard since we have come back and will get up to the necessary level on Thursday night, especially with the crowd behind us.

“It’s a game we have to really look forward to and relish, and I know the boys are.

“I’d seen them a couple of times before I watched them live against Bangor in their first round game last week and it’s difficult to judge a side who are 4-0 up from the first leg.

“Obviously they wanted to win the game, but the tempo, particularly in the first half, was nothing like what we had seen from them previously and I thought Bangor could have gone in at half-time ahead.

“However the full-time fitness eventually told and then they brought on their best players as substitutes.

“They have good players middle-to-front, but we are hopeful we can cause them problems.

“We have identified a few areas where we think we can get at them, but they have two or three talented players so we will need to be careful.

“Every European game at Fir Park we have been caught on the break when we have been on top so we will need to be wary of that as Stjarnan have capable players.

“Our lads will be well informed as Stjarnan will be well documented. They will watch clips so by Thursday will know everything there is to know about them.

“All in all they have capable players, but then so do we and I know all there is to know about them thanks to some contacts in Iceland.”

Meanwhile, McCall says the club have ended their interest in bringing former striker David Clarkson back to the club.

He said: “David did well, he trained hard and is a decent lad, but he just isn’t what we are looking for.

“We are looking for someone with a bit of pace to get in behind like Henri Anier and Henrik Ojamaa could with their pace.

“It won’t be before the European games, but hopefully before the start of the league season we can bring someone in.”