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Motherwell defender Ricki Lamie wants to flourish like Declan Gallagher has

Daily Record logoDaily Record 01/07/2020 Andy McGilvray
a person sitting on a bench talking on a cell phone: Lamie hopes to develop as a player at Motherwell © Motherwell FC Lamie hopes to develop as a player at Motherwell

Ricki Lamie has watched Declan Gallagher flourish at Motherwell – and wants to achieve the same.

Lamie watched his then-defensive team-mate leave Livingston for Fir Park and his performances earn Scotland caps, as well as the Motherwell captaincy.

The 27-year-old had no doubts Gallagher had the quality, but says Motherwell have brought a lot of it out of him, and hopes they will do the same for him, having left the West Lothian club for Lanarkshire on a two-year deal.

He said: “You see the big man, he’s gone on and taken massive strides last season. He’s had that recognition in terms of international call-ups, and it has been well deserved.

“Nobody can argue with it, his performances and consistency levels were top notch and it came as no surprise. He’s captain as well, and rightly so.

“I know from having played with Declan before that with the type of character and personality he has, being captain will suit him down to the ground.

"He has carried that on at Motherwell, he has everybody on his side as well as recognising how well he has done, so it’s the perfect match.

“It can only bode well to go in and play with the big man again, so hopefully I get that chance.”

a man smiling for the camera: Lamie has watched former Livi team-mate Declan Gallagher progress at Motherwell © Ross Parkr/SNS Group Lamie has watched former Livi team-mate Declan Gallagher progress at Motherwell

Lamie hopes he can make as much of an impact as his former Lions team-mate, and says hard work will get you far.

“It’s always the case in football that if you’re doing the right thing as a manager or a player or whatever, you’ll get recognition for how well you’re doing, sooner rather than later.

“I felt that I did well at Livingston; I’m one of those players that gives my all, and I’ve always had that mind-set, to keep improving and keep developing as a player.

“I feel that I’m still young enough to keep learning, and that was a massive part of me coming to Motherwell, to work with the gaffer and the coaching staff.

“The last two years have been really successful for Livingston and for me personally, and I hope to carry that success on.

“If the success of Motherwell in the past couple of years is anything to go by, then it’s a good place to do that.

“This is an amazing challenge for me. It’s one of those that I saw for myself, to go to a new challenge and test myself, and it’s great.

“The brand of football Motherwell played last season was brilliant, and it’s a breeding ground for development.

“That’s me two weeks in the door and I think it has been highly impressive so far, so hopefully I will keep on that path.”

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