Motherwell boss says Steve Jennings is ready to play despite arrest

Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings
Jennings is free to play at Easter Road on Saturday after his arrest

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is convinced Steve Jennings is in the right frame of mind to face Hibernian on Saturday despite his recent arrest.

The 26-year-old midfielder was arrested last week by Merseyside Police following a joint investigation with the Gambling Commission.

Jennings was released on bail until January, along with nine others, after a probe into betting irregularities.

"Jenno just wants to get on with his football," said McCall.

"It's 100% not a problem.

"All this week he has been training outstandingly well. I know you expect managers to say that, but he has.

"He and Jamie Murphy have really shone this week. They've both trained well and there's no doubt in my mind he will be playing.

"He had a little bit of winding-up on the Monday when he came in but he trained really well and it's not a big decision."

The investigation centred on a match played last December in which Jennings was ordered off.

Jennings, who denies any wrongdoing, was shown a straight red card for foul and abusive language aimed at referee Stevie O'Reilly late in the 2-1 home defeat to Hearts.

Police said the men had been arrested for conspiracy to defraud.

Motherwell held discussions with the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Premier League on Thursday regarding the player's arrest and issued a statement saying Jennings would continue to be available for selection.

"He was a bit confused by it at first but he'll just get on with it and we've got to wait another few months now," added McCall.

"But that's what it is. They've had a 10-month investigation and released him without charge, and we wait for another few months.

"As far as I'm concerned, Jenno's head is right, he wants to play, he's an important part of our team and will be playing at Easter Road."

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