Robbo se­lec­tion prob­lem wel­come

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS -

Man­ager Stephen Robin­son is look­ing for­ward to a se­lec­tion headache when the com­pet­i­tive fix­tures roll around next week.

Mother­well kick off their sea­son against Ed­in­burgh City in the Be­fred Cup.

And Robbo is pleased that he now has more strength in depth as the club look to repli­cate and ex­pand on their ter­rific last sea­son.

“What we iden­ti­fied last year, from 13 to 18 wasn’t quite good enough to take us into the top six,”Robbo said.

“We feel now we’ve bought play­ers that can do that.

“We feel the strength we now have gives us op­tions. It gives me a dif­fi­cult choice at times.”

The Steel­men have added goal­keeper Mark Gille­spie, de­fend­ers Liam Don­nelly and Aaron Tay­lorSin­clair, mid­fielder Alex Gor­rin and striker Danny John­son over the course and sum­mer.

And while Robbo wel­comes the se­lec­tion headache, he is still look­ing to bring one more for­ward in be­fore the start of the sea­son.

He said:“We’ve got a lot of mid­field­ers and a lot of choices that will be dif­fi­cult to make but if you’re go­ing to be in a suc­cess­ful set up you have to ac­cept that and you have to deal with that. Ob­vi­ously that makes us stronger as a club.

“I’d like to get one more striker in as well, to be hon­est, that can pos­si­bly play wide as well.

“Strik­ers win you foot­ball matches. We put a lot of balls into the box so I’ve got my eye on a cou­ple of peo­ple.

“Hope­fully we’ll have some busi­ness done by the end of the week.”

Robbo is also de­lighted to have kept the nu­cleus of his squad to­gether, and is hop­ing he can con­tinue to do so but won’t stand in any­one’s way should the right of­fer come in.

He added:“There’s a lot of in­ter­est in quite a few of our play­ers. We’ve had one firm bid that was nowhere near enough for one par­tic­u­lar player.

“We’ll stand our ground on that. We know what we value play­ers at.

“There’s a fine line be­tween stand­ing in some­one’s way to go on and earn life-chang­ing money and get­ting fair value. We’ve put the play­ers on a plat­form.

“We’ll see what hap­pens. There’s been a lot of news­pa­per spec­u­la­tion which we don’t pay a lot of at­ten­tion to.”

Driv­ing a hard bar­gain Robbo will want fair com­pen­sa­tion for any de­par­tures

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