MARK McGHEE is delighted Scotland Under-21 star Chris Cadden has agreed a one-year extension at Motherwell.
The skilful midfielder will now remain at Fir Park to the summer of 2019 at least and boss McGhee said: “This is thoroughly deserved for Chris.
“He has applied himself, is playing every week and starting most weeks. I have been here a year now and when I came in Chris was one of the ones I targeted.
“He has has done everything I have asked of him. I’m delighted because he has been starting to progress, on and off the field.
“I still think he is improving and there are aspects of his play he can work really hard on.
“At the moment, he is most effective on the outside, but he can play in the centre of the park and be a great asset in there.
“He has to add some goals to his game, but he is still young. He is still developing and, hopefully, that will improve.”
Meanwhile McGhee is asking his players to remain positive at Dens Park on Saturday and bring back the 3 points to Fir Park. Looking back on recent performances the Motherwell boss is somewhat frustrated at the way things have panned out. “We played well against Hearts, we played well against Celtic but we didn’t get good results of course – but because of the nature of the opposition it tends not to affect your confidence quite as much.
“The Inverness game was neck and neck until the last half hour where it was like a balloon was popped and that was hugely disappointing, so it was just making sure that we were a bit more robust than that mentally against Ross County. We started the game really, really well then we got the first goal which was very important.
“It wasn’t too long between the matches,” continued McGhee. “It was only a couple of days so it wasn’t like a week or it wasn’t the international break and we had two weeks to fester, it was a case of getting in the next day and knowing that we were better than that, let’s get up to training, let’s get on with it, get together again and go out and batter, to the best of our ability, Ross County.”
Looking forward to Saturday’s trip to bottom club Dundee, McGhee said: “Dundee aren’t any different to the rest of us in this league, I’ve seen Dundee play poorly but I’ve seen them play well, I’ve seen the same with Inverness, Ross County, Partick Thistle.
“We’ve got to go in to every game thinking whoever we’re playing will play well, that they’re capable of it and that day they will play well – that way we won’t be taken by surprise. Dundee have that in them, they’re at home and the first goal is really important I feel.”