McGhee wary of Magennis threat

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee says Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis is a “big threat” but is confident Stephen McManus will take have him shackled well.

Magennis’ confidence has soared after firing Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals and grabbing a couple of goals in as many games for Killie.

And the Motherwell boss is under no illusions about the threat he poses but says his defenders will have him under control.

“Josh is on fire and will be a big threat to us on Saturday,” McGhee said.

“I know Josh well, he is a player and a boy I like. But I will also be looking forward to big Mick (Stephen McManus) taking care of him.

“I took him because I was convinced he had something about him and he suddenly seems to be finding it.

“He is a great physical specimen, he is quick and he’s willing. He’s got a lot going for him so he should be doing well.”

McGhee said he will continue to ring the changes as he learns more about his squad after a point from games against Celtic and Aberdeen.

“I have several players who I’ve not had in the team yet and I haven’t seen what they can do,” he said.

“I said when I came here that I wasn’t coming in in the first weeks with grandiose ideas about how I was going to change the face of Motherwell. It was about good performances and hopefully good results, and that remains the same.

“So I do have to see the others, so there could be changes again because I want to keep being fair and learn as much as I can as quickly as I can.”

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