Motherwell striker Scott McDonald is targeting a top six finish and a cup win for the Fir Park men this season.
‘Skippy’, speaking after appearing in Saturday’s Keith Lasley testimonial match, said that the recent 1-0 Scottish Premiership triumph over Kilmarnock and 3-1 league cup win at East Fife had whetted his appetite for the challenges ahead. He said that last year’s relegation fight couldn’t be further from the players’ minds as they were setting their sights highly.
“We’ll be fine this year,” Scott said.
“We are looking at top six, never mind bottom two. That is a minimum for us.
“We had a nice win before the break and got over the hoodoo of the cup first round so we want to kick off with that and try and do well.
“It would be nice if we could win a trophy under Keith before he finishes.
“Why not? If you look at a few teams that have won in previous seasons.
“Cups are completely different to league form. We have seen that over the years, so you just never know.”
Scott said that skipper Lasley and his fellow defensive stalwart Stevie Hammell were two men who thoroughly deserved a trophy win given their sterling service to the Fir Park club.
He added: “If you are talking about people that deserve silverware, there would be no two more deserving guys in the history of Motherwell.
“They have had European runs and finishing second – obviously great memories – but that would top it off for all of us.
“It would be the biggest achievement in my career to do it as well.
“It is all pipe dreams at the moment. There is a lot of hard work between now and then.”
Scott said he felt that ’Well’s displays this season had merited more than the six league points garnered so far.
“We had a really good start to the season with an away win at Inverness,” he added.
“You are thinking ‘right, we are just picking up where we left off at the end of last season’.
“The performances have been there, just not the results in a couple of games.”