McCall backs Jennings to play

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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has no hesitation about playing Steve Jennings against Hibernian at Easter Road this weekend.

On Thursday the club confirmed the midfielder was available for selection despite his arrest last week. The 26-year-old was one of nine men arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud following a joint operation by Merseyside Police and the Gambling Commission.

McCall said: "All this week his training has been absolutely outstanding. There is no doubt in my mind he'll be playing. Jenno just wants to get on with his football. As far as I'm concerned, Jenno's head is right, he wants to play, he is an important part of our team, and he'll be playing at Easter Road."

The probe followed reports from some bookmakers of irregular betting patterns on Motherwell's 2-1 defeat by Hearts last December, during which Jennings was sent off.

The former Tranmere midfielder was bailed until January pending further inquiries on the same day as his arrest.

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