Scottish Premier League

McCall resigned to losing Law

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Fri, 10 May 2013 16:44:00

Motherwell striker Henrik Ojamaa is suspended for their final SPL game at Fir Park this season, against Ross County.

The Estonian will miss the visit of Ross County on Sunday after being sent off in the 4-3 defeat against Inverness last weekend.

Otherwise, manager Stuart McCall has the luxury of a full squad to choose from, including SPFA player of the year Michael Higdon, who is in the squad despite his brush with the authorities earlier this week.

County have lost midfielder Rocco Quinn to a broken nose while Stuart Kettlewell and Mark Fotheringham have been added to Derek Adams' squad.

Earlier in the week Sam Morrow left the club and County are understood to be running the rule over a number of new recruits, including Moldovan international defender Petru Racu, who was recently on trail at Ipswich Town.

County's slim hopes of bringing European football to Dingwall next season could be over by the time this match kicks off, as Adams conceded.

"It is not in our hands," he said."All we can do is watch Saturday's results and take it from there. The European challenge might be over by the time we play.

"Dundee United have to win at Caley Thistle and St Johnstone have to lose against Celtic. It will become clearer before we go into Sunday's game."

The former Sheffield United and Rotherham midfielder has attracted interest from Rangers and other clubs, and McCall has now confirmed he will move on this summer after two years at the club.

McCall said: "Nicky Law will move on. I didn't think I would be able to get him to come to Scotland because he had really good offers financially in England, but he came. We have had offers and we rejected them.

"He has loved his football and loved his time. When Nicky moves on he will go with our best wishes because he has been a joy to coach and given great moments to the supporters."

Law will join Darren Randolph in exiting, with the goalkeeper expected to sign for Birmingham.

McCall said: "He has not signed a pre-contract at Birmingham. I know there is interest there, as there is from a lot of clubs.

"He has been an outstanding servant and he certainly deserves his move. We will all miss Darren and he will go with everyone's best wishes because he is a model pro."

McCall has not given up hope of re-signing Michael Higdon and he does not expect the PFA Scotland player of the year to move to another Scottish club. But he has potentially lucrative options elsewhere.

McCall said: "He has loved his time here. He has different agents putting stuff in his head. It's all maybes.

"And Michael is new to that. He had a really good agent and unfortunately his agent has gone to a job in a club and can no longer be his agent. So I think he has got a lot of people trying to get him a deal and that has probably mixed his head up.

"We have given him our best offer, which is a good offer, and he appreciates that. But when you have got four or five agents telling you he can treble or quadruple it, then you have got to listen. But it comes to a stage where you have got to make a decision."

The striker was arrested on suspicion of assault hours after collecting his award on Sunday night but was not charged, and McCall hopes the focus will now be on his achievement.

McCall said: "First and foremost he was absolutely humbled to win the award and it's an award you don't actually know you're getting until it's read out.

"I think emotion-wise, and drinking all the coffee and shandy that he had, obviously didn't help.

"He was slightly embarrassed the day after because of events later on, which nobody really knows the full story of what happened.

"He felt he had let a few people down but he had been there with his family, his dad, his brother-in-law and friends, and it was a real emotional night for him.

"When that blows over, which hopefully it has done now, he has still been player of the season and he was voted that by the players, and he is very proud of that.

"We have all been in scrapes before and you learn from it. He is certainly not a night-clubber, he doesn't go out partying. He maybe just got caught up in something which he shouldn't have done but I think the majority of us have been there.

"Unfortunately he spent a night (in the cells) sobering up. But it's over now and he is looking forward to the last few games and hopefully scoring a few more goals."

Meanwhile, McCall did not rule out the possibility of James McFadden extending his short-term deal.

"I think James will wait and look at his options," McCall said.

"He has been linked with Celtic and will wait to see what's happening there. There is no definite that he won't be staying but it's certainly no definite that he will."

McFadden himself is waiting until the season ends before focusing on his future, with Motherwell still to wrap up second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League ahead of Sunday's visit of Ross County.

The 30-year-old said: "I've not got anything to decide. I will play the two games and see what happens after that.

"I've not had any offers. I would consider (an offer from Motherwell) but I need to get the season finished and enjoy the summer and see what happens.

"I've not got any expectations or aims on where I want to be. The main aim was to come back and play games every week, get to the end of the season and take it from there.

"I've got my family here and it would be nice to be based here but that's my job, I play football, and you could be moving away somewhere you never expected."

McCall has players lined up should more of his out-of-contract players depart.

"I have had lots of people saying they would like to come here," he said.

"But until we get feedback from our current players we can't really say yes to them."

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