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Interesting story in the Sunday Post on Bigi and his mindset last year and changes this year,

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/bigirimana-is-now-out-to-reap-what-he-sows/

GAEL Bigirimana reckons his decision to stop viewing Motherwell as a stepping stone back to the big time could ironically be the very thing that gets him there.

The midfielder will travel to Ibrox this afternoon on the back of some impressive performances.

And he says that is down to a change in mindset about the Scottish game, and his place in it.

“For me, last season was quite tough,” he said.

“When I first came here, I wanted to get back to the English Premier League, and the Scottish league had seemed like a great platform.

“I had been at big clubs, like Newcastle United and Rangers – which I enjoyed even though I didn’t play – and wanted to get back up to the top.

“But that was completely the wrong attitude.

“For some people, it’s OK. But for me, it’s not right. I wouldn’t want people to treat me like that.

“So I had to examine myself and that was not easy.

“I wasn’t enjoying it because my mindset wasn’t right and at one point I even wanted to quit.”

But with the help of his wife, Bigirimana had a rethink and now he believes his wife’s outlook is the right one.

“I don’t view Motherwell as a stepping stone any longer,” he said.

“I play football to help my team-mates, to help the young boys, whoever I can help.

“For me, it doesn’t matter if fans have an opinion, team-mates have an opinion or if the staff might have an opinion about why I am here. I know the truth.

“We all hear people saying no player is bigger than the club and that is true.

“As long as people care about the club, it will flourish.

“I might not be here next year, or in two years, or I could be here for the rest of my career. But after I hang up my boots, the club will still be Motherwell.

“No matter where you are, if you play with the right motives, you reap what you sow.

“So, in my case, that could mean a move in the future.

“But, as I say, I am playing my football for the present, not for the future.”

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Also, Scott Mullen has an interview on the BBC website with Curtis Main who is waiting until January to consider contract options.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46160094

Motherwell striker Curtis Main says he will assess his future in January, despite his Fir Park contract having just eight months left to run.

Main signed from Portsmouth in January and has scored 12 goals in 36 games, including two in last season's Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen.

The Englishman's deal expires at the end of the campaign, but he is relaxed about the situation.

"I've got no reason why I wouldn't want to stay up here," he told BBC Scotland.

"I'm really settled off the field and I'm really enjoying it so we'll probably go along until January and the situation will be assessed then.

"We have to concentrate on getting things right on the pitch and the off-field stuff will be discussed at the relevant time."

Main made his senior debut with Darlington at the age of 15, and had spells with Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers.

His move to Motherwell at the start of the year brought him his first taste of football outside of England, and the striker insists he is loving life in Lanarkshire.

"I'm enjoying the whole world of Scottish football," he said. "It's just a different challenge compared to the rest of my career.

"Financially there's a huge gulf but it can make up for that in terms of exposure if you're performing well. It's a great platform to showcase what you're all about. That's definitely a plus.

"We had quite a few special moments that year in the cup and to walk out on our way to stay over before the cup final, it was brilliant to see all the fans and how much it means to people."

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