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Gannon hopeful yet over loan trio

Yassin Moutaouakil and Lukas Jutkiewicz
Moutaouakil and Jutkiewicz have impressed at Motherwell

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon remains hopeful of keeping loan signings John Ruddy, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Yassin Moutaouakil at Fir Park beyond January.

Defensive target Ger O'Brien has signed for Sporting Fingal, making full-back Moutaouakil's retention more important.

And with Ruddy's presence in goal and his Everton team-mate Jutkiewicz's scoring record, the trio have been key figures in Well's campaign to date.

"They have all enjoyed their time and that is a positive sign," said Gannon.

Ahead of Motherwell's trip to Ibrox to face Rangers, Gannon said: "They are delighted to be playing. They are all in the situation where I think they are unlikely to play for their parent club.

"There may well be interest in all three from other clubs. Then the player has to decide whether to go back to his club, stay here or go to the third party.

"In the past they have had some highs where they have gone to top clubs and then felt like they have fallen away in terms of their progress and self-belief.

"Perhaps they are recovering that now and they have every right to be confident because all three have shown what they are capable of. The SPL is a great level to showcase it."

The Motherwell manager asserts that the atmosphere at the club could encourage them to stay.

We know there are going to be some difficult conversations in the remaining weeks of the year

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon

Gannon said: "They have all enjoyed their time here and if they have enjoyed themselves, they will be reluctant - unless they get a fantastic opportunity - to leave this environment.

"But we have identified targets that we would like to bring in, in the event we lose these players.

"We have also identified more permanent signings that would probably give us a lot more long-term security in those positions."

Gannon is engaged in talks with all of his players ahead of the January transfer window, which could result in several leaving.

"We like to sit down regularly to discuss where they are going, how we are going to help them become a better player and what their chances are of becoming first-team regulars, and whether there is going to be a limit to their expectations," Gannon said.

"The atmosphere is really positive but we know there are going to be some difficult conversations in the remaining weeks of the year.

"We will always try to do the best by Motherwell Football Club but also do the best by each player."

Winger Jim O'Brien was left out of the squad to face Celtic after Aberdeen made an official request to begin pre-contract talks with him.

The Fir Park manager believes it would be in the player's interest to get back to concentrating on playing.

"It's important that players have the scope to be able to secure their long-term futures, either at their own clubs or other clubs," Gannon added.

"I think the most important thing is it doesn't distract Jim from what he's trying to achieve day to day.

"He's a young man and he needs to let the agent deal with any contract issues and just get on with playing. That would be my advice to Jim and it has been my advice to Jim."

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Jutkiewicz mulls over Well future
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