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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stephen McManus leaves for Celtic

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Ross MacLean leaves to join Falkirk

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Barry Maguire loaned to Queens

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stephen Craigan to leave Motherwell

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Goals as Reserves lose to United

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Championship minutes for two

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose to Dundee United

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserve match venue moved

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan Watch: Four in action

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Goals from Reserves’ win over St Johnstone

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stephen McManus leaves for Celtic

    Stephen McManus leaves for Celtic

    Stephen McManus has left Motherwell to become the new Under 18s coach at Celtic.

    The former defender departs after a five-and-a-half year spell with the club, which saw him serve both as a player and youth coach.

    “While it is unfortunate and coincidental timing to lose both Stephen McManus and Stephen Craigan in quick succession, our ongoing review of our player progression pathway at the club is continuing,” chief executive Alan Burrows said.

    “Steven Hammell and David Clarkson are assisting with the squads in the interim, giving us the opportunity to conclude a thorough interview process for both vacant roles.

    “It is due to the nature of our success at this club that our players and staff occasionally depart, having been sought out by other clubs. That is testament to the work we put in and the opportunities provided to the likes of Stephen over the years.

    “We hope to appoint replacements for both positions in the very near future. Steven Hammell and David Clarkson’s involvement ensures continuity in our day-to-day work in the meantime.”

    Speaking of his departure, McManus said: “It was a difficult decision to leave Motherwell after five great years.

    “From day one back in 2013, it has been an honour to work and represent the club. The opportunity given to me to move into coaching, after deciding to retire from playing, is one I will forever be grateful for.

    “I’d also like to thank everyone at the club for their support and understanding over my decision to leave, for their help and guidance over the years, and wish all the very best for the future.”

    We would like to thank Stephen for his time at his club and his professionalism throughout, as well as wishing him well in his new role and the very best for the future.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Ross MacLean leaves to join Falkirk

    Ross MacLean leaves to join Falkirk

    Ross MacLean has left Motherwell to join Championship side Falkirk on a permanent basis.

    The forward, who made 20 appearances in claret and amber, was on a season-long loan at Greenock Morton, but has been recalled to join the Bairns.

    MacLean, 21, is a product of Motherwell’s youth academy and the club will protect its interests with a sell-on clause.

    “Ross leaves the club with our thanks for his contribution, and we wish him well for the future,” manager Stephen Robinson said.

    “The deal allows him the chance to establish himself and push for regular first team football to advance his career. It also protects the club in the longer term, should he develop further.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Ross for his contribution while at Fir Park and wish him every success for the future.

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    Barry Maguire loaned to Queens

    Barry Maguire loaned to Queens

    Barry Maguire will spend the second half of the 2018/19 campaign on loan with Queen of the South.

    The young defender, who has made five first team appearances, two this season, heads to the Championship team with a view to playing regular football to aid his development.

    ”It is important Barry goes out and gets games between now and the end of the season,” ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said.

    ”This is a chance for him to play and show his talent at a good level, with a view to coming back in the summer ready to push on.

    “We think Barry has all the tools to not only cement a first-team starting place at Motherwell, but go on to have a really good career in the game. Regular, competitive matches between now and May will be invaluable for him.”

    Maguire will immediately be available for the Doonhamers’ league match with Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday.

    In other departures, reserve defenders Jason Krones and Jordan Armstrong have both left the club following the expiry of their contracts.

    Motherwell Football Club would like to thank both for their contribution whilst at Fir Park and wish them every success in the future careers.

     

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Stephen Craigan to leave Motherwell

    Stephen Craigan is to leave his position as Motherwell’s reserve team manager.

    The Northern Irishman has spent three and a half years in the role, but believes the time is right to move on.

    “I think after a certain amount of time, young players need a new voice and a new leader to try and push them on,” he said.

    “I came back in here three and a half years ago and now there’s very few of that initial squad left training with me, so I almost feel it’s job complete.

    “It’s been better than I could have imagined. The standard of player and the way that they’ve progressed has been terrific.

    “This isn’t something that I have made a decision on overnight. This has been on mind for several months and I now believe the time is right.”

    Craigan, who made 363 appearances for the ‘Well during his playing career, will leave at the end of the month.

    “Stephen has been an excellent servant for Motherwell Football Club and we are really sad to see him go,” chief executive Alan Burrows said of his departure.

    “More recently, his efforts in developing young talent for our first team has seen a number of players make careers in the game, as well as achieving international honours.

    “We wish him well for the future and thank him for everything he has done, both as a coach and previously as a player and captain.

    “Following Stephen’s departure, and following feedback from him, coaching staff and others in the academy, the club intends to complete a review of the development pathway for 18 to 21 year olds at the club, prior to appointing a replacement.”

    Manager Stephen Robinson added: “I have worked closely with Stephen over the last few years here at Motherwell and I am grateful for the work he has put in to push through young talent at the club.

    “We are disappointed to see him go but respect his decision to leave the club.”

    Motherwell Football Club wishes to thank Stephen for his service and tremendous efforts throughout his three spells with the club. We all wish him well for the future.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Goals as Reserves lose to United

    Motherwell’s reserve side went down 2-1 at home to Dundee United in their final fixture of 2018.

    James Scott had levelled the scores at Airdrie, but Stephen Craigan’s side ultimately lost out.

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    Loan Watch: Championship minutes for two

    Loan Watch: Championship minutes for two

    There were Championship minutes for two of Motherwell’s loanees at the weekend.

    Jake Hastie played the full 90 minutes as Alloa Athletic twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Partick Thistle.

    The result keeps the Wasps just a point behind the Jags, with Jim Goodwin’s team in the relegation play-off spot.

    Ross MacLean got on for 18 minutes as Morton drew 0-0 at Falkirk, with every game in the second tier remarkably ending in a draw.

    A potential clash between Peter Morrison and Neil McLaughlin fell through as Stirling Albion’s game with Albion Rovers fell foul of the weather.

    Picture: David Glencross

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    Reserves lose to Dundee United

    Reserves lose to Dundee United

    Motherwell’s reserves lost their final game of 2018, as a young second string went down to Dundee United.

    Stephen Craigan made five changes from the thrashing of St Johnstone, notably handing a debut to 17-year-old David Devine.

    The first half was a quiet affair, in which both teams looked to be suffering from rustiness after a few weeks without a game.

    The best chance arguably fell to George Newell, who got on the end of Rehman’s low cross from the left but couldn’t poke his effort on target.

    Stephen Craigan made a change at half-time, bringing on Dean Cornelius for Stuart McKinstry, who seemed to add a little spark the Motherwell midfield.

    ‘Well’s positive start to the second half was almost undone by Appere, who closed down a short free-kick and ran 50 yards to goal but Morrison stood up well before bravely plucking the ball from the striker’s feet.

    That spurred the game into life as, up the other end, James Scott saw his header come back off the post with no takers on the rebound.

    Two minutes later, United were in front.

    Appere went down in the box under a challenge from Morrison and the referee didn’t hesitate to point to the spot.

    From 12 yards, Chalmers tucked it away despite Morrison getting a good hand on it.

    Newell then almost dragged Motherwell level, just moments after Appere saw a strike chopped off for offside. It was a good ball in from the left by Cornelius and a fine header from the Englishman but Donaldson was equal to it.

    Striker Scott had few chances in the game but in the 75th minute he spectacularly fired the young Steelmen back level.

    From the edge of the box he spun on the ball and curled his shot beyond the helpless Donaldson.

    Newell had a chance to win it with 10 minutes to go but his close-range shot seemed to loop towards Donaldon in slow motion and the United ‘keeper managed to beat it away.

    Motherwell went in search of a winner but were picked off by United with five minutes left.

    Robson used his pace down the left and his cross put it on a plate for Banks to cooly fire the ball past Morrison, completing a devastating counter-attack.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserve match venue moved

    Reserve match venue moved

    The reserves’ match with Dundee United on Monday, 17 December has been moved to the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.

    The game was originally scheduled to be held in Stirling. Kick off remains at 2pm.

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    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Loan Watch: Four in action

    Four young loanees were in action in the Ladbrokes Championship and League Two at the weekend.

    Jake Hastie played 74 minutes for Alloa Athletic in a bottom-of-the-table clash with Falkirk.

    The two sides were locked on points going into the game, with the Wasps narrowly ahead on goal difference.

    Former ‘Well man Deimantas Petravicius opened the scoring for the Bairns, with Paul Paton doubling the advantage in the first half.

    Hastie then set up Alan Trouten to get his side back into the game just before the break, and the on-loan winger had just been subbed off when Trouten struck the equalising goal.

    Morton hosted Dundee United, looking to claw their way back into play-off contention.

    Ross MacLean came on as a sub with 18 minutes to go, and Gregor Buchanan’s equaliser arrived shortly after in a 1-1 draw at Cappielow.

    In League Two, Neil McLaughlin played 90 minutes for Stirling Albion as they drew 1-1 with Queen’s Park, while PJ Morrison was back in action for Albion Rovers in their 4-2 loss at Elgin City.

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    Goals from Reserves’ win over St Johnstone

    James Scott netted a hat-trick as Stephen Craigan’s reserve side picked up a 6-1 win over St Johnstone on Monday.

    George Newell, Akeel Rehman and Broque Watson were also on target, as the young Steelmen returned to league action in style.