Lanark man looking to impress at training
FORMER Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Rab Douglas is this week trying to win a dream move to his boyhood heroes Motherwell.
The ex-Symington Tinto and Forth Wanderers goalie is training daily with the 'Well first team in a bid to impress Fir Park gaffer Mark McGhee.
Lanarkian Douglas (35) hopes to clinch a transfer to 'Well and end his miserable spell out in the cold at English Championship outfit Leicester City.
The big keeper, who hasn't played a competitive match with the Foxes for the past 18 months, told Gazette Sport that he'd relish a move to Fir Park.
''I'm a boyhood Motherwell fan,'' Douglas said on Monday.
''I used to watch them home and away.
''I can actually see the Fir Park floodlights from my house in Bothwell!
''So signing for 'Well would be ideal for me.
''But I've got a lot of hard work to do.
''I'm in good shape and have been enjoying the training.
''Hopefully Motherwell will like what they see.
''It will be of paramount importance that I've kept myself in shape.''
Douglas, who was capped 19 times by Scotland, is under contract at Leicester for another year.
So a potential stumbling block for 'Well could be negotiating a pay-off for the remainder of his Leicester contract.
Douglas would likely have to take a massive wage cut to move north. But - after earning big money at Celtic and Leicester - he insisted this wouldn't bother him.
''It's not about money,'' Douglas added.
''I just want to get back playing and enjoying myself again.
''It is hard when you're knocking your pan out (training at Leicester) and not getting a game.
''When you train Monday to Friday and know you're not involved in the first team, it's not great.
''But there is no bitterness from me towards Leicester.
''I was doing OK, but the team wasn't doing that well. Craig (former Leicester manager Levein) got the sack and I went from manager to manager.
''I lost my place because I was injured.
''Some managers like you and some don't. The new managers signed two goalies.''
If Douglas does sign for 'Well, he'll be joining a club which has enjoyed two league wins out of three this season under McGhee.
This is all a far cry from the shambles of last season under beleaguered former manager Maurice Malpas, when 'Well produced several poor performances and were very fortunate to avoid relegation.
''Motherwell seem to have a lot about them this season,'' Douglas added.
''It shows what a new manager can do.
''The boy Graeme Smith (Motherwell goalkeeper) is a good goalie, although he was more consistent in his first season with the club.
''And I know 'Well's goalkeeping coach Colin Meldrum reasonably well. He's actually younger than me!''