Next season will be a trying campaign for almost every team in the top flight of Scottish Football, but for last year’s runners up, Motherwell, mirroring the achievements of their recent campaigns will be a very tough task indeed.
After a great season last year, the Steelmen have lost key players such as Michael Higdon, Nicky Law, Henrik Ojamaa, Tom Hately and Darren Randolph.
Higdon, who bagged the Player of the Year accolade last year after a fantastic 26-goal season, has chosen to leave Motherwell on a free, in the hope of plying his trade south of the border.
Nicky Law has also left, having moved down a few leagues to join Rangers. The ex- Rotherham man scored an impressive 10 goals from midfield during his two years in Claret and Amber, including his first goal in a 4-0 League Cup win over Clyde.
This summer, Henrik Ojamaa also left, joining Polish outfit Legia Warsaw after a successful season at Fir Park. The Estonian had two trials with the Lanarkshire club, initially joining on a short-term deal, before signing a two and a half year deal.
The striker won player of the month in January (2013) after a series of very impressive performances for Motherwell. The forward also created 16 goals, leading the assists chart by 4, ahead of Inverness’s Aaron Doran.
Good replacements, such as Ian Vigurs, Paul Lawson and John Sutton, have been brought to Fir Park. However, it remains to be seen if these new players are capable of emulating the feats the Motherwell team of 2012-13 achieved.
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