Motherwell road show should lead to Europe
Motherwell's last venture into European football came to an end against Odense in August of 2010.
I reckon they will be digging out the passports again next season.
I was with them in Nancy back in 2008 when they lost 1-0, with terrific support from around 2000 travelling fans.
Despite the narrow defeat and subsequent home defeat in the second leg, it was a great occasion.
The way Stuart McCall has his Fir Park side playing, it would be a brave soul who would bet against their return to the European stage.
McCall has produced a side which is mentally very tough, particularly away from home.
Seven wins from nine makes them the most successful travellers in the Scottish Premier League behind leaders Rangers.
Motherwell are riding high in the Scottish Premier League (pic: SNS)
Recently, I covered the Steelmen's win at Inverness.
Terry Butcher's side should have taken the points, but instead I watched Motherwell storm back from 2-1 down to score twice in the last thirteen minutes.
Last weekend's 3-0 win against a St Johnstone side in fine form was further evidence of the strength of side that McCall has assembled.
They play good football but there is a real mental edge in evidence, which will stand them in good stead for the rest of the campaign.
Omar Daley may not be quite as fast as his fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt but he can fly by most full-backs in the SPL.
Michael Higdon and Jamie Murphy both carry serious goal threat and Keith Lasley, who has looked indomitable when I have seen him this season, has found time to rustle the opposing net four times from his midfield berth.
Well sit eight points behind second-placed Celtic with a game in hand, so can they split the Old Firm?
That is probably asking too much given the enormous gulf in resources between the Glasgow pair and the Fir Park side.
Holding on to third place though, looks like an increasingly good bet.
Both Mark McGhee and then Craig Brown did fine work at the Lanarkshire club.
And Motherwell continue to flourish and prosper under the tutelage of McCall.
Just one defeat in their last ten games tells its own story.
This is a Motherwell side going places.
Europe next stop?