Motherwell need European success to sign new players

Motherwell boss Craig Brown needs his current players to progress in Europe before he can strengthen his squad.

Motherwell boss Craig Brown needs his current players to progress in Europe before he can strengthen his squad.

The former Scotland manager only has enough funds to bring in a striker, but that could change if Well negotiate their way past Icelandic league leaders Breidablik on Thursday.

"We've got one or two ideas of players we saw against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

"Mixu had a few trialists and we had a few trialists and I think both of us were quite pleased with what we saw.

"The research to improve our team is relentless - that's the message to our fans.

"If or when we get any funds, we know where to go to get some players. We have one or two on hold but they can't wait forever obviously.

"We'll do our very best for the fans of Motherwell to get suitable reinforcements. Our top squad is good and we have excellent youth players but we haven't got enough cover.

"We have only two experienced strikers. Gary Smith and Bob McHugh are coming through but we only have John Sutton and Jamie Murphy who are experienced strikers."

Brown, who is confident Motherwell can score in Iceland to leave their hosts needing three goals, added: "If we can survive this round, that's added income which gives us resources to pay new players.

"We can consider paying a wage but that's restricted at the moment to a striker.

"We've got a budget for that and nothing else. To add to our squad we have to succeed in Europe and that's a terrific motivation for us."