Pearson makes his return to Fir Park

Stephen Pearson
Stephen Pearson

Former Scotland star Stephen Pearson has become the latest in the long line of players to join Motherwell for a second time.

His first spell ended when he joined Celtic in 2004, but after time spent in India he has now signed up at Fir Park until the end of the season.

Pearson, who also starred for Derby County, Stoke City and Bristol City, said: “It’s a great club, and I’m sure every player like me who enjoyed their time here would say if they were given the opportunity to come back they would.”

Ironically Pearson’s first game back in a Motherwell shirt will be the visit to Celtic tonight (Wednesday).

He said: “It will be a strange feeling going back to Parkhead, but I’m here to play football and it just happens the first game is against Celtic.

“I’m a Motherwell player now and I want to do my best for the club by playing regularly, scoring goals and having an influence on the team.

“I’m here to make the team better if possible, it’s imperative we stay in the league and that’s what we hope to achieve.”

While ’Well find themselves near the wrong end of the league it is nothing compared to what befell the club when Pearson broke through in 2000.

He said: “You never want to see a club going into administration, but it was great from a young players point of view because you were thrown in and it was up to you to see if you could handle it.”

“I’d be confident saying I am a better player than I was back then, having played in England for many years I think I have the experience to see me do well this season.”