Simon Ramsden backs Stuart McCall

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SIMON Ramsden is desperate to see manager Stuart McCall remain at Motherwell after committing his own future to the club. The defender, who joined from Bradford City last summer, has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal.

His new contract came amid speculation linking McCall with jobs at Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers, although the manager has stressed he has no great desire to quit Fir Park.

Ramsden would be reluctant to witness the departure of a manager he has had a happy history of working under. He said: “Personally, it would be a huge loss because this is the second time I’ve played under the manager. He signed me for Bradford and then brought me up here. From my point of view, it would be a massive loss. I’m sure for the club and the fans it would be exactly the same, after what he has done over the last few seasons. We’ll all be hoping that he stays.”

Motherwell have already secured second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and head into the last game of the season today against a St Johnstone side who are still vying for a European spot. With Inverness also still in the race for the final Europa League berth, Ramsden insists Motherwell will show respect for the battle for third place by giving their all, as usual, at McDiarmid Park. He said: “We know we’ve got to do justice to Inverness as well and field a strong team and do as well as possible.”

The trip to Perth will be the final Motherwell game for some players, with goalkeeper Darren Randolph and Nicky Law quitting the Steelmen, while others are still mulling over their futures.