Pearson back for a third spell at ‘Well

Stephen Pearson has signed for Motherwell until the end of the season as he returned for a third spell at Fir Park.

The 34-year-old is back after a successful stint with Atletico Kolkata where he won the Indian Super League title.

Pearson said: “It’s nice to be back. It doesn’t feel that long since I left but there’s plenty of new faces in there though. I’m looking forward to getting started.

“Everybody knows the affiliation I have got with the club. I thoroughly enjoy my time here, it’s a good place to come and work. So it ticked all the boxes for me and hopefully it suits Motherwell to have me back in the short term and who knows where we go from there?

“But I’m just looking forward to helping the team out first and foremost, contributing 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.”

Pearson could make his debut in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with Hearts but Scott McDonald will be absent after losing the appeal against his red card against Rangers.

Motherwell confirmed their appeal had been dismissed by a Scottish Football Association judicial panel, meaning McDonald will sit out games against Hearts and Aberdeen.

The Australian was sent off for a challenge on Kenny Miller in Motherwell’s 2-0 defeat by Rangers at Fir Park.

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