Gannon has real case for the defence

MOTHERWELL manager Jim Gannon has a defensive headache ahead of the trip to Tannadice on Saturday and couldn't be happier.

After keeping a clean sheet against champions Rangers, Gannon must decide whether to stick with his defence or bring back Shaun Hutchinson and Stephen Craigan.

Hutchinson, who signed a new three-year deal last week, missed out with a slight ankle knock, while Craigan was rested after his international action with Northern Ireland.

Steven Saunders joined Mark Reynolds in the centre of defence while Yassin Moutaouakil made an impressive debut at right back.

Gannon said: "Star billing had been given to Rangers' new signing, Jerome Rothen, but Yassin produced a fantastic display against him.

"Each defender has different qualities and we are now in the fortunate position of having seven for four places and all could do an equally good job."

'Well face Dundee United on Saturday with both teams defending an unbeaten start to the season.

Gannon said: "United were good value for their point against Celtic on Saturday and they will present a challenge, but I hope we will provide exactly the same for them."

Gannon expects to have Hutchinson available while Chris Humphrey is back in training after returning home to England for family reasons.

On Tuesday former 'Well boss Terry Butcher brings Inverness Caley Thistle side to Fir Park for a Co-operative Insurance Cup third round tie.

Full story in September 17 edition of Times & Speaker