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Friday, October 14, 2011
Scandal-hit Jennings to play

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is convinced Steve Jennings is in the right frame of mind to face Hibernian despite his recent arrest.

•  Jennings free to play on

McCall will play the midfielder at Easter Road after the club confirmed he was available for selection following his arrest on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud in a joint investigation by Merseyside Police and the Gambling Commission.

Jennings, one of nine men bailed until January pending further inquiries, has denied any involvement in an alleged betting scam relating to Motherwell's 2-1 defeat by Hearts in December last year, during which he was sent off. And McCall revealed the 26-year-old had assured him he was determined to play in Saturday's Scottish Premier League clash.

McCall said: "It's 100% not a problem. All this week he has been training outstandingly well. I know you expect managers to say that, but he has. Him and Jamie Murphy have really shone this week. They've both trained well and there's no doubt in my mind he will be playing.

"He had a little bit of winding-up on the Monday when he came in but he trained really well and it's not a big decision."

McCall, who took over two weeks after the Hearts match, revealed he had spoken to Jennings about the investigation "a little bit when it raised its head 10 months ago''.

McCall added: "Jenno just wants to get on with his football. He was a bit confused by it at first but he'll just get on with it and we've got to wait another few months now. But that's what it is. They've had a 10-month investigation and released him without charge, and we wait for another few months.

"As far as I'm concerned, Jenno's head is right, he wants to play, he's an important part of our team and will be playing at Easter Road.''

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