Celtics’ Wanyama lays down the ultimate SPL challenge for Motherwell’s Nicky Law

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MOTHERWELL midfielder Nicky Law will do his utmost on the pitch today to limit Victor Wanyama’s influence for Celtic in the top of the table SPL clash at Parkhead.

But Law would be delighted if the next time he saw the Kenyan was from the stands at Old Trafford. An avid Manchester United supporter, Law makes the trip to see them in action whenever his own playing career allows it.

The 24-year-old Englishman is well aware of the rumours crediting Sir Alex Ferguson with an interest in Wanyama and has no doubts the Celtic powerhouse would flourish at United.

“He is a really top player,” said Law. “I’ve seen him linked with Manchester United and I’d love to see him go there. I’m a big United fan and still get down to their games whenever I can.

“I think Wanyama is good enough to play for them, definitely. You could see in Celtic’s games against Barcelona in the Champions League how good he is. For me, he is the best midfielder in the SPL. To go up against a player like him and test yourself is great.

“Celtic have got great options in midfield, it’s probably the strongest part of their team. They move the ball about well, they have good fluidity. Wanyama is the stand-out player for me. He’s so strong, you definitely can’t try and boot him up and down. He’s more likely to be dishing it out!

“It’s a great challenge to play against him and I’m looking forward to it. You just have to do your best and hope that on the day, you can come out on top.”

Motherwell go into today’s match on a good run of form and in the knowledge that a rare win at Celtic Park would leave them just three points behind the champions at the summit of the SPL. Law is cautiously optimistic about his team’s prospects of success, although he is wary of catching Celtic on the rebound after their 1-0 defeat against Hibs at Easter Road on Saturday.

“It’s a great fixture, one you always look forward to,” added Law. “It’s always difficult, especially when they are coming off the back of a defeat as they are on this occasion. I’m sure we will have a plan and hopefully we can take it out there onto the pitch and get a positive result.

“We have been battered in most of the games I’ve played against Celtic since I came here, although we did quite well when we only lost 1-0 there last season. We are playing well at the moment and our confidence is high that we can get something.

“Inverness and Kilmarnock have both won at Celtic Park this season and Neil Lennon has said their home form is a bit of a worry. So if we can make it difficult for them, make a chance or two and take one of them, then you never know. You have to defend strongly when you go there and have a bit of luck on your side as well. All of those factors come into it. It’s our last game before the winter break and it would be great if we could keep our momentum going into that.

“We have come back from 2-0 deficits in recent matches, but if you go 2-0 down against Celtic it tends to become four or five. We can’t afford to do that again. Fair play to us, we have recovered from a few deficits in games this season, but it’s a different ball game against Celtic. We need to be solid, keep them out and hopefully carry a threat of our own at the other end.”

Jamie Murphy is poised to make his final appearance for Motherwell today before joining Sheffield United, the club where Law began his career.

“Everyone will be delighted for Jamie if it goes through,” said Law. “He has been brilliant for us this season with 11 goals, most of them from the left wing. He’s been a great servant, so it will be emotional for him when he does go.

“I played for Sheffield United and it is a big club. It’s a great move for him, he will enjoy playing there. The fans are great and they get good crowds at Bramall Lane. I had a little chat with him about it. I had a great time there and I’m sure Jamie will do well for them.”

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