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    ‘There will be no stone left unturned’

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    Chris Cadden gets Scotland call

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    Grimshaw and Rose sign new deals

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    ‘Boys as ready as they’ll ever be’

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    Trevor Carson called up

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    ‘Biggest day of my career ahead’

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    Highlights from Fir Park

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    Players react to Hamilton win

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    ‘Great way to end league campaign’

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    Motherwell 3-0 Hamilton

  • First team

    ‘There will be no stone left unturned’

    Manager Stephen Robinson says Motherwell will be as prepared as they can be going into Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final.

  • First team

    Chris Cadden gets Scotland call

    Chris Cadden gets Scotland call

    Chris Cadden has been called up to the Scotland squad for their forthcoming friendlies in Peru and Mexico.

    The versatile youngster has been rewarded for a fine season in claret and amber, making the step up from Under 21 level for his country.

    The 21-year-old, who has made 113 appearances for the Steelmen since making his debut in 2014, will join Alex McLeish’s side for the summer tour which starts with a friendly in Peru on May 29, followed by a trip to face Mexico on June 2.

    Everyone at Motherwell FC is delighted for Chris and look forward to seeing him in action for Scotland.

    Cadden’s call up means academy graduates have represented the national team at every level from the senior mens A squad down to Under 16s.

    Allan Campbell will travel with the Under 21s to the summer Toulon tournament. David Turnbull scored for the Under 19s earlier this season, Jamie Semple has played for the Under 17s, while a host of academy players have turned out at Under 16s level.

    The last Motherwell player to be called up by Scotland was Steven Hammell in 2013. The last Scotland cap for a player while on the books at the club was Steven Saunders in 2010.

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    Grimshaw and Rose sign new deals

    Grimshaw and Rose sign new deals

    Liam Grimshaw and Andy Rose have both signed new deals with Motherwell.

    The midfield pair have both committed for next season, putting pen to paper in the week the club prepare for the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

    Grimshaw, 23, is in his second spell at Fir Park, having returned to the club on a permanent basis in the summer. He previously had a stint on loan with the club from Manchester United.

    Rose, 28, was another summer arrival from Coventry City. The Australian-born central midfielder previously played in the USA with Seattle Sounders.

    “We are delighted to secure Liam and Andy for next season,” manager Stephen Robinson said of the new deals.

    “Both have been key figures in the squad this campaign and we’re glad they are staying with us.”

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    ‘Boys as ready as they’ll ever be’

    Ryan Bowman says belief is high in the Motherwell camp as they count down to Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final with Celtic.

    Having had to knock out four Ladbrokes Premiership teams on their way to the showpiece match at Hampden Park, the striker says there’s no reason the Steelmen can’t go out and pick up their first trophy since 1991.

    “Why not?” he said. “The boys will be as ready as they’ll ever be.

    “We beat Hearts in the quarter finals. Aberdeen in the semis. Who is to say we can’t beat Celtic in the final?

    “We’ve been on the pitch this week. The manager has been going through everything to make sure we are right at it.

    “The intensity has been really high as expected and everyone has just got that buzz.”

    For the first time since 1950/51, Motherwell will contest both national finals in the same season.

    Having put in a strong showing against Celtic in the Betfred Cup final in November, before the tide turned after a red card for Cedric Kipre, Bowman says there’s plenty incentive.

    “That spurs us on even more to do better this time,” he said. “That day was a bad day. You don’t want to pick up a runners up medal.

    “We’ve now got another chance. We’ve earned that chance. Now we’re hoping we can go one step further and win it this time.”

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    Trevor Carson called up

    Trevor Carson called up

    Trevor Carson has been included in the Northern Ireland squad for two summer friendlies.

    The Motherwell goalkeeper will travel with his country to Panama and Costa Rica for games on May 29 and June 3 respectively.

    Carson, 30, made his belated international debut in March as his side defeated South Korea in Belfast.

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    ‘Biggest day of my career ahead’

    Chris Cadden looks ahead to Saturday’s Scottish Cup final clash with Celtic at Hampden Park.

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    Highlights from Fir Park

    Nadir Ciftci’s double and Tom Aldred’s fist goal for the club secures a comfortable 3-0 win over Hamilton Academical.

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    Players react to Hamilton win

    Nadir Çiftçi, Richard Tait and Tom Aldred react after the 3-0 victory over Hamilton Academical in the final league game of the season.

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    ‘Great way to end league campaign’

    Stephen Robinson reflects on his side’s 3-0 victory over Hamilton Academical in the final game of the league campaign. 

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    Motherwell 3-0 Hamilton

    Motherwell 3-0 Hamilton

    Motherwell finished off their league campaign with a resounding win over local rivals Hamilton Academical.

    The 3-0 victory claimed a 2oth clean sheet of the season, securing seventh place in the league in the process.

    Ahead of next Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, there were wholesale changes for the Fir Parkers. That allowed several players the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the starting line-up and the bench at Hampden.

    Unfortunately, on loan Celtic striker Nadir Çiftçi is ineligible for the final, but signed off with his best ‘Well performance and a goal in each half. Tom Aldred grabbed his first goal for the club to round off a good afternoon’s work, allowing ‘Well fans to celebrate a great season.

    With the Cup final and some niggling injuries on his mind, Stephen Robinson made eight changes from the mid-week win at Firhill. As ‘Well’s win over Partick Thistle ensured Accies Premiership survival, it might have reduced this derby match to the level of an end of season friendly.

    However, with the ‘Well Bois in the John Hunter stand rehearsing their Cup final repertoire and places on the Hampden pitch up for grabs, Motherwell dominated the match from the start.

    Within the first minute, Çiftçi set the tone with a cute backheel which set up the chance for Grimshaw to drive the ball over Ryan Fulton’s crossbar from 20 yards.

    Çiftçi was at the heart of the next move nine minutes later. A neat exchange at the edge of the box sent David Turnbull through and his half volley was dipping under the bar until Fulton palmed the ball over.

    The on-loan Celtic striker was rewarded for his efforts in the first half hour when he grabbed the opening goal. Gaël Bigirimana, who controlled the centre of the park, found Tait free on the right and his drilled cross was nodded towards goal by Ross McLean. Although his effort was blocked on the line, Çiftçi was on hand to poke the ball home to give ‘Well a deserved lead.

    The Steelmen might have doubled their lead after 39 minutes when Turnbull’s corner sped its way through a packed defence to Aldred, who could only deflect the ball over the bar from eight yards.

    Another defence splitting pass from Bigirimana sent Elliot Frear racing towards the visitor’s goal but as he looked for support at the edge of the box, the chance was lost.

    Two minutes after the break, Accies forced their first and only attempt on goal, but Dougie Imrie’s speculative free kick from 35 yards was comfortably held by Russell Griffiths.

    After 56 minutes, Accies showed their intentions by bringing on strike partners Rakish Bingham and Marios Ogkmpoe, who have both scored against ‘Well this season. A few minutes later, Robinson made his first change, replacing the injured Frear with Deimantas Petravičius.

    These changes and a subsequent injury, treatment and replacement of Accies sub Ogkmpoe, took the momentum out of the game as both teams struggled to maintain possession.

    The introduction of Cedric Kipré after 69 minutes lifted the spirits and voices of the home fans and within a minute ‘Well doubled the lead.

    Tait’s throw in found Çiftçi with his back to goal. Determination and a couple of deft touches created some space for the Turkish striker before he guided the ball inside the far post for a terrific goal.

    Three minutes later it was 3-0. Bigirimana curled his free kick in behind the visitor’s defence where Tait’s touch took it across goal, leaving Aldred to ram it high into the net for his first goal for the Steelmen.

    Six minutes from time, Çiftçi came within a couple of inches of signing off with a hattrick, but his thundering 25 yard drive slammed the top of the crossbar.