Motherwell manager McCall hopes to retain Murphy

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall
McCall's side made a solid start to the season

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall hopes he can keep Jamie Murphy for the rest of this season, insisting that would be best for the young striker.

Murphy scored Motherwell's second in their 3-0 win over Inverness in front of several scouts from English clubs.

"Jamie's still developing with us, he's a terrific talent," said McCall.

"There's no doubt about it, if he stays here for another season he'll be worth a lot of money because he can only improve and benefit from playing."

Murphy has been capped 13 times for Scotland's Under-21 side, scoring five goals, and is a product of Motherwell's youth system.

"I'm disappointed for some people that leave the SPL and go down to England and sit on the bench or play in the reserves for two seasons," said McCall. "They're not developing there.

"He was excellent (against Inverness), he took a really good goal.

"From my point of view as manager I want to keep him but even for Jamie's development, to keep him for another season would benefit him. He likes his football here, he enjoys it."

Steven Hammell and Keith Lasley were Motherwell's other scorers as McCall's men got their Scottish Premier League campaign off to a winning start.

"I thought it was a terrific game and all credit to Inverness, they could've had a couple of goals, they hit the woodwork a couple of times," added McCall.

"It was a good, open game, especially first half when we played some terrific stuff.

"The quality of the goals, all three of them were outstanding. Overall, I'm really pleased with the start.

"Three points, three goals, you can't ask for any more."

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