’Well deal in Ripley and Grimmy

Mark McGhee looks set to retain two loan signings (Pic by John Devlin)
Mark McGhee looks set to retain two loan signings (Pic by John Devlin)

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee is “delighted” that he looks set to retain loan stars Connor Ripley and Liam Grimshaw until the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Ripley (22) and midfielder Grimshaw (20) were due to return to their respective parent clubs Middlesbrough and Manchester United next month, but both are in discussions to remain at Fir Park until next summer.

“Connor and Grimmy have been excellent and I expect them both to stay until the end of the season,” McGhee said.

“I think the deals will get done by next week. I’ll be delighted to get them signed, because I don’t want to be scrambling around looking for players.

“Connor has the makings of a really good keeper. He has all the attributes – he’s a big lad, with a real presence and great confidence.

“He does some really hard work and when he goes back down to his parent club he could be in contention for a starting place there.

“Grimshaw has also been terrific. He’s come from Manchester United but he’s one of us. He has total heart for Motherwell and works as hard as any player here.

“He is a great lad who’s getting better and better with each game.”

But one loan signing who won’t be remaining at ’Well is Reading midfielder Jake Taylor, the Welshman who has failed to shine since coming north.

“Jake was speaking to Reading this weekend and I expect him to go back there,” McGhee added.

“He is a good player who can’t get into our team so I understand that.”

Meanwhile, McGhee revealed that the postponement of last Saturday’s Scottish Premiership clash at Dundee United due to waterlogging at Tannadice may have been a blessing in disguise.

He said that prolific forward Louis Moult was suffering from a bug and goalkeeper Ripley had food poisoning so both may have missed the match.

The ’Well players trained on Saturday, before a day off on Sunday and more training on Monday, as preparation for Wednesday’s home Scottish Premiership clash against St Johnstone.