Happy to finish as ‘best of the rest’

Stevie Hammell
Stevie Hammell

Motherwell extended the gap to third placed Celtic on Saturday, but defender Stevie Hammell doesn’t expect to permanently split the Old Firm this season.

Victory at Easter Road on Saturday and draws for both Rangers and Celtic mean ‘Well are just seven points behind ’Gers and three ahead of the Bhoys going into Saturday’s visit of Kilmarnock.

Hammell said: “We’re not getting carried away, it is nice when you look at the league table and see yourself in second place, but we know it won’t last.

“We’re happy where we are, but as I said, we won’t finish there and if we can finish best of the rest then we’ll be happy with that.”

Regardless of where they end up, Hammell believes the spirit of the squad is what has got them into their current position despite heavy defeats to the both halves of the Old Firm and St Johnstone.

He said: “I think it a major achievement sitting second, we’ve lost some games heavily, but have also shown we can bounce back straight away with the spirit we’ve got.”

With 22, ‘Well currently have double the number of points of Killie, but Hammell says expecting to win would only lead to trouble.

He said: “We are playing well enough now to think we can sustain a good place in the league, but we can’t go into any game expecting to win as that’s when we don’t.

“There may have been a hint of that against St Johnstone which was one of the worst performances here that I can remember.

“Killie will obviously they’ll be disappointed to have thrown away a three goal lead against Celtic, but they must have been playing some good stuff to be in that position in the first place.”