Top asset stays at Fir Park

MOTHERWELL defender Mark Reynolds has remained at Fir Park as the clock ticked down on transfer deadline day.

The club rubbished reports that the former Scotland under-21 man was on his way to English Premier League side Wigan and said while there had been interest shown by some parties there were no firm bids on the table.

Manager Craig Brown had made it clear he needed money from transfers before he could strengthen his squad but was left to make do with what he has.

The draw was made for the Co-operative Insurance Cup third round and handed 'Well a trip to face Second Division Brechin City.

The last 16 tie will be played on September 21 or 22.

Meanwhile, Motherwell have released goalkeeper Michael Fraser and allowed three youngsters to go out on loan.

Steven Meechan, Peter Innes and Steven Lawless have all joined Third Division side Albion Rovers on six-month loan deals.

The trio have all represented Scotland up to under-19 level and boss Brown said: "Going out on loan is a part of the strategy we have in developing our young talent, preparing them for life in the first team squad."

'Well have no game this weekend because of the international programme and Brown believes his men, who lost 1-0 at home to Celtic on Sunday, need a break.

He said: "We don't have a match for a couple of weeks and the freshness will return."

Full story in September 2 edition of Times & Speaker