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McDONALD LOSES RED CARD APPEAL AS PEARSON RETURNS TO MOTHERWELL

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SCOTT McDONALD has lost his appeal against the red card he received against Rangers on Saturday.

The Fir Park side decided to appeal the decision made by Willie Collum and risked the £1000 fee, believing that the Australia striker’s dismissal was more about the referee evening things up rather than the challenge being worthy of a straight red card.

Earlier in the match, which Rangers eventually won by 2-0, Michael O’Halloran had been sent off for a wild challenge.

Motherwell’s appeal cleared McDonald to play in Tuesday win at Ross County but he is now suspended for two matches.

Meanwhile new signing Stephen Pearson spoke today about his delight at being back at Fir Park as a Motherwell for the third time as a Motherwell player.

“It’s nice to be back,” Pearson stated. “Obviously it doesn’t feel that long since I left but there’s plenty of new faces in there and I’m looking forward to getting started now.

“Everybody knows the affiliation I’ve got with the club and I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed my time here, it’s a good place to come and work – so it ticked all the boxes for me.”

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“Hopefully it suits Motherwell to have me back in the short term, and then who knows where we go from there, but I’m just looking forward to helping the team out first and foremost, contribute as much as I can between now and the end of the season and help this club finish as high up the league as possible.”

Assistant James McFadden, who had accused Mark Warburton and his staff of getting McDonald sent off at the weekend, played a pivotal role in brining Pearson back to Motherwell. Pearson revealed that the two former teammates had kept in contact while he was out in India.

“Faddy’s Faddy, I’ve known him for years obviously and I get on with him really well,” laughed Pearson.

“He was just asking me how I was doing and how I was enjoying my time out in India and when I left in the summer I left it open to come back, the possibility was always there and I said that at the time so I’m delighted to be back again.”

Pearson’s immediate ambition is to help secure a top six finish for the Lanarkshire club.

“A big win midweek away to Ross County put the team in to the top six and we’re obviously looking to cement that place and finish as high up the league as we possibly can.

“I’ve watched quite a few of the games since I’ve been away and the players that have come in have been of a good standard and there’s no reason why we can’t finish in the top six, so that’ll be the aim for us.”

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