“I probably started out as a Motherwell fan because of my uncle.

He inspired me and gave me sound advice on how to work hard to reach your goals in life.

My earliest memory is the 1991 cup final, arguably the greatest final in the history of the competition. Motherwell 4-3 Dundee United. Uncle Phil had energy in abundance and no shortage of footballing talent. That game and countless others attracted the attention of Celtic and he duly signed for them in 1994.

He was part of the team that stopped Rangers winning ‘ten in a row’ in 1998 and I remember all the stars of that side being in his house for a title party. My uncle Phil returned to play for Motherwell in 2004 and by that time I was already a professional player and regular in the team.

It was an honour to call my uncle Phillip my team mate.

Tragically, in 2007, I was in the Motherwell side on the day he lost his life in a match against Dundee United at Fir Park. I will always cherish the memories of our playing days together and the advice that serves me well to this day playing the game I love.

I can still see the no 10 going box to box as if it was only yesterday.”

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