Jan 9 2013 By Andrew Weston
Motherwell’s Simon Ramsden admits the SPL’s winter break couldn’t have come at a worst time for him as he tries to get back to match fitness following a spell on the
The defender has impressed since penning a one-year deal in July after leaving Bradford City but is desperate for more game time following a series of niggling injuries.
And whilst most SPL players are currently enjoying the short winter break, the 31-year-old is itching to get back onto the pitch.
“I have been out injured for a while and was just getting back into the swing of things,” he said this week. “But, for the rest of the squad, the break has possibly come at the right time to rest up after the hectic Christmas period.
“It gives them a chance to rest the legs and get ready to go again. We will be keeping ourselves ticking over so we are raring to go when we come back.”
Ramsden admits he is thoroughly enjoying his time at Fir Park but a series of injury problems have been a source of frustration for the centre-half.
“I love it at Motherwell,’ declared Ramsden. “Unfortunately I’ve missed a bit through injury but, when I have played, I‘ve really enjoyed it. The lads have made me feel very welcome and I think I have settled in OK.
“The SPL is a better standard from what I am used to down in England. There is a lot more getting the ball down and playing up here. It can be more of a physical battle in England and you do get more time on the ball in the SPL, which I enjoy.”
Motherwell headed into the break on the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to league leaders Celtic at Parkhead last Wednesday, a result that puts the reigning champions nine points clear of the chasing pack.
Ramsden was disappointed the Steelmen came away from Glasgow’s East End with nothing to show for their efforts despite causing Celtic problems and missing a penalty.
However, the Englishman believes the result hasn’t done any damage to Motherwell’s bid to finish behind Celtic as runners-up.
“Everybody has to aim for that second spot,” he said. “That is what we are pushing for. If we can get there and secure a place in the Europa League, we will feel we have had a very good season. There is no reason why we can’t.
“We have got to be very happy with the way things have been so far. We have had a few dips and a few highs, which is going to happen when everybody can beat everybody else in this division.”
With star man Jamie Murphy having left Motherwell to join Sheffield United, Ramsden is hoping they can get to the end of the transfer window with the rest of the squad still in place.
He added: “We know there will be interest because we have got some talented young players in the squad. If we can keep them together and maybe add one or two then, hopefully, we can kick on in the second half of the season.
“Jamie will be a massive loss for us. Technically he is very good and he won’t have any problems fitting in down south.”