Star hopeful despite Butcher-ing
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Motherwell winger Jim Paterson is confident of agreeing a new deal at Fir Park.
Motherwell winger James Paterson is confident of agreeing a new deal at Fir Park despite manager Terry Butcher's anger at their defeat to Dunfermline.
Butcher was incensed by the performance of his side at the weekend and claimed that he will now reconsider the deals he hands out this summer.
The likes of Paterson, Steven Hammell and Martyn Corrigan are all out of contract in the summer and their future could be up in the air after Butcher's outburst.
"Some players have certainly played themselves out of the team and perhaps out of the club," said Butcher.
"A lot of them have their heads up their backsides and are talking to agents who tell them how good they are and what they can do and what moves they can get and a lot of them believe it.
"A lot of them believe they are better players than they are.
"I want players who want to play for Motherwell and if they don't want to then they can push off."
Paterson, who put his side into the lead on Saturday, revealed he was unaware of what Butcher had said and hopes his manager will have calmed down before talks re-open.
"I don't know what he actually said but that's the gaffer isn't it and I'm sure he will have calmed down by the time I speak to him," said Paterson.
"I want to stay here and I'm very confident that I will be a Motherwell player next year."