Motherwell unveil new Phil O'Donnell tribute

Motherwell pay tribute to Phil O'Donnell with a new artwork
A new tribute to Phil O'Donnell sits on the wall of the stand that bears his name

Motherwell are to unveil a permanent memorial to former captain Phil O'Donnell ahead of Saturday's match with Dundee United.

O'Donnell died after collapsing towards the end of a game against United at Fir Park on 29 December 2007.

A stainless steel number 10 has been erected on the side of the stand that bears O'Donnell's name.

The artwork also incorporates the word 'legend' and will be officially revealed at 1330 GMT.

The tribute has been paid for through funds raised by the Motherwell Supporters Trust.

O'Donnell was 35 years old when he died of heart failure and left behind a wife and four children.

Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley admits it will be another emotional reminder of the influence his former team-mate had on the Lanarkshire club.

"There are maybe not too many of us still here who were lucky enough to play with Phil and be friendly with him," he said.

"But it's an inspiration and a really nice touch with the memorial on the stand, and well deserved. Phil is always going to be seen as a legend round about here.

"It was a real privilege to play alongside him and class him as a friend and team-mate.

"He was an inspirational character and we see him every day, his pictures are up round about the club. It's inspirational walking in every day and seeing them.

"So it's going to be a poignant moment and hopefully it can spur us on to a good victory."

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