Maguire steps up for de­but

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Teenager Barry Maguire was de­lighted to make his de­but for Mother­well on Satur­day.

And his con­fi­dent per­for­mance aligned with the Steel­men’s grow­ing in­jury list could see him make his sec­ond se­nior per­for­mance in one of the club’s big­gest games in re­cent years.

Speak­ing after the game to Mother­well FC TV 19-year-old Maguire said:“It’s a very big point and I’m ob­vi­ously glad at how things have turned out.

“I’m glad to fi­nally make my de­but to be hon­est.

“Now its just keep my head down and fo­cus on the next game.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s a the semi-fi­nal so we hope for the best.

Mother­well boss Stephen Robin­son was over the moon with the young­sters per­for­mance and said he’d have no prob­lem with throw­ing him in at the deep end at Ham­p­den on Satur­day:

Robin­son said:“I ear­marked Barry as a player I thought could come in to the first team.

“It was just about pick­ing the time to do so with our young play­ers.

“But we’ve gained a player. He has put him­self in the frame for this week­end as well.”

Maguire’s chances of lin­ing up at Ham­p­den will hinge on the re­cov­ery of Charles Dunne and Andy Rose.

Al­lan Camp­bell and Nadir Ciftci also face a race to be fit while skip­per Carl McHugh is sus­pended for the tie.

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