Scotland star Stephen O’Donnell in demand for a move to England with Championship clubs Birmingham, Derby, Blackpool, Blackburn and Barnsley all interested in the defender following his brilliant display against England at Euro 2020
Scotland full back Stephen O’Donnell is in demand for a move to England after his heroics at Wembley on Friday night.
The 29-year-old Motherwell right back was an outstanding performer in his country’s 0-0 draw and almost broke the deadlock when he was denied by an excellent first-half save from Jordan Pickford.
The only blot on his copybook came with a booking for a challenge on England danger man Jack Grealish late on.
Stephen O’Donnell produced an outstanding display in Scotland’s draw against England
His exit clause at Motherwell has alerted Championship clubs including Wayne Rooney’s Derby
O’Donnell, who has 21 international caps, has an exit clause in his Motherwell contract and that has alerted a number of English Championship clubs.
Birmingham City, Wayne Rooney’s Derby County, newly-promoted Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley are showing interest with the fee understood to be modest.
O’Donnell’s character has shone through during the Euros. He was criticised heavily for his performance against the Czech Republic but he was mobbed by team-mates following his display on Friday.
O’Donnell bounced back against England after a tough game against the Czech Republic
Afterwards he opened up on the criticism he faced. ‘What’s frustrating in society now is you see everything. You catch it and it’s hard to get away from it,’ he said.
‘It makes a massive difference when you’ve got a manager who believes in you. He constantly comes under pressure for selecting me, he gets lambasted. Could I have done better against the Czech Republic? Yeah, but we still had a lot of chances.
‘It means a lot to me that the team are all up to me after the game. They know the stick I receive and I appreciate the support they give me.’