Nathan McGinley has endured a tough start to life in Scottish football but he's thrilled to find himself in Motherwell's starting eleven.

The former Middlesbrough man has been unfortunate with injury since moving north in the summer and he's had to adjust to living by himself in a new country during a pandemic.

The 24 year-old was impressive in Motherwell's win over St Mirren and McGinley admitted things are beginning to look brighter.

Motherwell's Nathan McGinley

He said: "When I’ve played I’ve felt that I’ve done alright but it’s been frustrating at times.

"But getting an injury straight away wasn’t ideal but I’ve just got to do all I can when I’m in the team.

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"Hopefully everything starts opening up and we can start to do more things.

"It’s not easy for lads coming up on their own from England and having to get used to new surroundings when you’re stuck in your flat.

"You can’t do much outside of football but hopefully I can get to do more things up here."

McGinley is in competition with Jake Carroll for the left back berth in Graham Alexander's starting eleven.

The Englishman has started the Steelmen's last two games as they've picked up consecutive clean sheets.

"I’ve just got to keep going because Jake is a quality player," McGinley said on his teammate. "We push each other in training and I’ve just got to perform the best that I can on a Saturday."

Motherwell all but guaranteed their Premiership status with the hard-fought win over St Mirren and the attention now turns to their Scottish Cup clash against Morton next week.

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"It's obviously a massive result for us and the boys had to dig deep. Especially last fifteen minutes and I thought we were very good in the second half, to be fair.

"We weren’t really at it in the first half and the gaffer spoke to us. He said a couple of things and sorted it so we were better in the second half.

"Obviously we have a few chances and we got our goal. I thought we were pretty comfortable after we took the lead.

"You want to go as far as you can in the cup and we’ve got a good opportunity to do that. We’ve got to focus on the league as well and get as many points on the board as we can," McGinley concluded.

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