Hearts-bound playmaker continues to shine - 'I understand why a club like them want to sign him'

Spittal is expected to be at Tynecastle after agreeing a pre-contract

Stuart Kettlewell paid tribute to Motherwell’s double goalscorer Blair Spittal’s character after the attacking midfielder led the Steelmen to victory over Ross County.

The 28-year-old was the benefactor of more than a hint of good fortune to score the opener, capitalising on a major error from Staggies goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw. However, his class was on show for the second, curling a wonderful effort beyond the shot-stopper’s reach to pick out the corner of the net, making it 3-1 and essentially putting the game to bed. With a reported pre-contract agreement in place with Hearts, Spittal is set to depart Fir Park this summer, but Kettlewell said he has had no doubts about continuing to rely on the playmaker.

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“When you know the character of the man, it’s never a problem,” Kettlewell said. “When you get the chance to go to a bigger club and earn more money – whatever job you do – you tend to jump at the chance. If I felt it was going to be a problem, you wouldn’t have seen him again, but not for one second have I thought it would be an issue. His performances have been fantastic, and I understand why a club like Hearts want to try and sign Blair Spittal. If you talk about those old-fashioned attacking midfield players, I think he sits right at the top of this division.”



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