Spanish test excites McCall
Motherwell lost 5-0 an aggregate in their Champions League debut
but were never outclassed against a clinical Greek side.
McCall’s players passed the ball well for most of the two legs
and the experience has whetted their appetite for the play-off
against last season’s surprise package in La Liga.
The Valencia-based outfit finished sixth after being in the
upper reaches for most of the season.
McCall, whose side host St Johnstone on Saturday, said: “I don’t
know a great deal about Levante. I know they had a terrific season
and being a Spanish side they will be technically gifted.
“I’m pleased. It’s easy for the supporters to get to, possibly
not as hot as Greece but you never know.
“I’d settle for the same performance at home against
Panathinaikos. There was nothing between the sides other than the
“We took a lot of positives and it was good to be involved.
“The other night was terrific, to play at that stadium. Everyone
enjoyed it bar the result.”
McCall signed teenage centre-back Fraser Kerr on loan from
Birmingham today but he will not be involved against Saints and
McCall has few options to change his side after their exertions in
Athens and arrival at 5.30am on Thursday morning.
“I don’t think it will be a problem mentally because the boys
took a lot of positives,” he said. “I don’t think we got passed off
the park or got dominated.
“The heat, the four-hour flight and the time we got home might
be, but if you think you’re tired then you will be tired.
“The players looked fresh in training this morning.
“Also the supporters have been outstanding, they have really got
behind the team.
“We are playing our first home game in the SPL and want to pay
On 19-year-old Kerr, who has been training with Motherwell for
weeks and was previously on their books, McCall said: “He has got
good pace and strength.
“Steven Saunders needs an operation on his knee and although
Simon Ramsden has been playing there, he can play in other
positions and we just felt we needed cover in there.”
McCall now hopes to add more players to his squad after planned
discussions with directors Leeann Dempster and Derek Weir.
“I’m not guaranteeing it but I’ll sit down with Leeann and Derek
next week and discuss it,” he said. “It’s been hectic here recently
as you can imagine.
“There might be an opportunity to bring one or two players