Motherwell centre-back Bevis Mugabi has played across Graham Alexander's defence this season - and he's ready to become the Fir Park goalkeeper if needs must.

The Ugandan international is fighting for his place at centre-back alongside fellow Fir Park defenders Juhani Ojala, Sondre Solholm Johansen, Darragh O'Connor and Ricki Lamie.

Mugabi has also filled in at right-back for Alexander ahead of their Premiership meeting with Celtic this afternoon.

"I am a man who can do many things," said Mugabi. "I am more than capable of doing a job at centre-back, right-back, goalkeeper, striker, as long as I am selected to play, I'll do my best for the team.

"Hopefully I don't need to put the gloves on though! But I am ready to play anywhere when called upon."

With so much competition in Alexander's defence, Mugabi knows he has to work hard for a starting berth. But the 26-year-old says the defensive quality is driving standards up at Fir Park.

"I've probably not had as much competition at centre-back like this before," said Mugabi. "Everyone is more than capable of starting, which only brings the best out of us.

Mugabi is willing to fill in anywhere at Motherwell.
Mugabi is willing to fill in anywhere at Motherwell.

"It's done all of us the world of good. It's got our performance levels up really high. The gaffer has brought in a lot of good faces in the summer.

"Everyone is fighting for their place."

Motherwell are fourth and one point above Celtic in the Premiership prior to this afternoon's battle in ML1.

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"It's been a good two weeks of training so we are looking forward to competitive matches again," added Mugabi. "We've had a tough week of preparation. We are more than ready to go and compete now.

"It's always tough against Celtic. I don't look at other teams all that much. I like to focus on what Motherwell are doing, and what I am doing.

"I like to see if we can get the results we need to progress."

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