Mark McGhee to be confirmed as Motherwell boss

Mark McGhee arrives at Fir Park where he will be unveiled as the club's new manager.  Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS
Mark McGhee arrives at Fir Park where he will be unveiled as the club's new manager. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS
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MARK McGhee will be confirmed as Motherwell’s new manager at Fir Park press conference tonight.

The Scotland assistant boss, 58, who managed the Fir Park side between 2007 and 2009 before leaving for Aberdeen, has struck a deal to return to the Lanarkshire club.

Stephen Craigan, who has been caretaker since Ian Baraclough departed the club last month, pulled out of the running, leaving the way clear for McGhee.

The 38-year-old former Motherwell captain, who had been Well’s under-20s coach, had two matches in charge, a 2-1 win over Partick Thistle and 2-1 defeat at Dundee.

Ex-Motherwell player Simo Valakari had been considered but McGhee’s experience has proved crucial in the final part of the process.

He will be unveiled as the club’s new manager at a press conference at around 6pm.

His first match in charge will be at home to champions Celtic in Saturday’s televised lunchtime fixture.