Nicky Law pleads with Motherwell board to avoid a January sale

NICKY LAW believes Motherwell can finish second in the SPL if they can hold on to their star names when the transfer window opens again next week.

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Jamie Murphy celebrates his double
Jamie Murphy celebrates his double

Manager Stuart McCall has admitted he may have to sell one of his squad to balance the books and yesterday's 4-1 rout of Aberdeen will have caught the eye of a number of scouts and managers.

Henrik Ojamaa has already been linked with a move to Lech Poznan in Poland, Sheffield United and Rangers have been credited with an interest in Jamie Murphy, while others like Law and Shaun Hutchinson have been the subject of transfer bids in the past.

Law, though, hopes Well can keep the squad together for the second half of the campaign to see how far they can go.

He said: "We're up to joint second in the league now and if we can hold on to all our players it will be interesting to see where this could take us.

"We feel we can finish second this year so the stronger the squad we've got, the better equipped we will be to have a real go at doing that."

Law is one of a number of Motherwell players whose contract is set to expire in the summer, but the former Rotherham man is in no hurry to leave Fir Park.

He added: "We'll get into the new year then sit down and have a chat. I love it here and have had a really good two years.

"Everyone knows the affection I have for the manager so I'm in no rush to get away."

McCall's side bounced back in some style yesterday after Friday night's defeat to St Mirren.

Tom Hateley opened the scoring with a back-post header after Law had hit the bar before Jamie Murphy made it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark.

Aberdeen responded with a fine individual goal from Jonny Hayes, but Murphy restored Motherwell's two-goal advantage with his second of the game right before the break.

Michael Higdon's close-range effort killed the game after 55 minutes and Motherwell even had the luxury of missing a penalty when Murphy's soft effort was easily gathered up by Jamie Langfield.

Law added: "It was probably as good a home performance as we've put in since I came here.

"We know when we play like that we will beat most teams in the league."

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