Motherwell defender Josh Law has hailed Mark McGhee’s contribution since becoming ’Well boss in October following the sacking of Ian Baraclough.
McGhee, newly named Scottish Premiership Manager of the Month for December, has improved a struggling team to such an extent that ’Well are on a five game unbeaten run which included last month’s fantastic 2-1 win at Celtic.
Josh said: “When a new manager comes in I think unconsciously the players maybe, in training and games, give that 10 or 20 per cent more.
“You are obviously trying to impress your new manager, you’re trying to get your place in the team and you’re trying to stay there.
“So I think, maybe a combination of that and the manager bringing his own methods and training style have helped us.
“The squad take massive pride from the manager getting this award.
“He has done really well and we’ve helped him along the way which is good.
“The award is a nice way to mark the upturn in form since the manager’s come in.”
Josh said that Motherwell players “massively” wanted a good Scottish Cup run this season, starting with disposing of Cove Rangers in this Saturday’s home fourth round tie.
“We’ll be making sure we’re right at it on Saturday to get a good result and obviously get to the next round of the cup,” he added.
“Cove will have players that can hurt you, like any team.
“We have heard that they’re a good side and anyone left in the cup at this stage is obviously doing something right.
“We’ve got to approach it with massive respect for them and obviously the focus from ourselves is to get the game won.
“The experienced boys have been saying that they came unstuck against Albion Rovers a couple of years ago. It just shows that if you’re not at it on the day and not on your mettle, you can come unstuck against any side.”