Motherwell defender happy at Fir Park despite Rangers interest

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Motherwell defender Ben Heneghan knows he must be doing something right after being linked with Rangers – but the former Everton trainee insists he is happy to remain at Fir Park next season.

The 23-year-old was reportedly a target for Ibrox manager Pedro Caixinha at the tail end of last term, but a move to Rangers has so far failed to materialise.

Heneghan, who joined the Steelmen from Chester last summer, was one of 20 outfield players that each featured for 45 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 pre-season friendly win at Stirling Albion.

Heneghan played in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Stirling Albion

And the Manchester-born player insists he has not been dwelling on talk of a potential switch to Govan.

He said: “Until I get a phone call, I’m a Motherwell player and my focus is on that. 

“If something happens, it does. If it doesn’t, I’m happy here and I’m enjoying it.

“It’s like getting praise, really, when a club is interested in you. If you’re working hard and someone is recognising you, then it’s nice. 

“My contract is up at the end of the season. I’m a Motherwell play just now and I want to be playing in that team every week.”

Heneghan is not the only Motherwell player to be the subject of interest after the club recently turned down a £100,000 offer from Hearts for winger Chris Cadden.

Manager Stephen Robinson, who has made seven summer signings, branded the bid ‘laughable’, and Heneghan reckons Cadden will take it all in his stride.

He said: “I’m sure Chris is like me, if something happens. it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Chris is happy here, he’s a good lad.”

Motherwell spent the tail end of last month at a training camp in Dublin and Heneghan admits he enjoyed returning to action on the pitch at Forthbank in a game that was won with goals through trialist striker Shaun Tuton, formerly of Barnsley, and Ryan Bowman.

He added: “It was good to get back out there really and good to get the win, it gets the lungs going.

“All the new lads have come in and it was good going away to Dublin, that was a great trip. 

“Everyone is starting to learn what the gaffer wants from each game. I think that’s vital.

“When the manager came in last season it was all about survival, we’re working on a few things and we’ll keep doing that in training.”

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