Play-off success could mean Laing extending stay at Fir Park

Louis Laing
Louis Laing

Louis Laing hopes keeping Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership will win him a contract at Fir Park next season.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest defender was earmarked as a star of the future by Stuart Pearce, but having been replaced in the County ground hot seat by Dougie Freedman it appears Laing’s time at the club is up.

However, he admits he would jump at the change to remain in North Lanarkshire having helped ’Well to a 3-1 over Rangers in the first leg of the play-off.

Laing said: “I’ve really enjoyed this season at Motherwell, obviously the situation we are in isn’t ideal, but last night was the highlight of my career so far, playing in front of that many people in a game of such magnitude was brilliant.

“I’m out on contract in the summer so to help the club stay in the league would be a great achievement and give me another option to possibly come back next season.

“You never know what can happen in football, I really don’t know what I’m doing yet, but if you asked me if I’d like to stay then yeah, I’ve loved it here as Motherwell are a great club.”

On Monday Laing wasn’t sure he would play at Ibrox due to a groin injury, but after suffering no ill effects is ready to finish the job and keep ’Well in the top flight.

He said: “It’s easy to keep our feet on the ground we know Sunday is going to be a very tough game, there is still a massive job ahead even though we are two goals ahead.

“We need to defend well and stick to the game plan, I thought the tactics were perfect last night and we go into the second leg full of belief.

The main thing is to try and not concede to many goals, I can’t affect too much what happen up the pitch I just need to go my job.

“We are confident going into Sunday, I don’t think for a game like this form plays a big part it is just all about believing in ourselves and we all do.

“It has been said we can’t play under pressure, but last night proved we can and now at a packed Fir Park we will be looking to win the game and stay in the Premiership.”