Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has total confidence in second-choice goalkeeper Lee Hollis as he prepares to make his third appearance for the club in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round clash against Aberdeen.
Hollis will play for the first time in 14 months at Pittodrie after Darren Randolph was handed a two-match ban for his clash with Hearts striker Callum Paterson. The 24-year-old moved from Airdrie in the summer of 2010 and made his debut in a 4-0 defeat at Celtic Park six days before the teams met in the 2011 cup final.
He played in a victory over Clyde by the same scoreline in the Scottish Communities League Cup last season, but McCall said: "Lee got a two-year deal in the summer and he has only played a couple of times for us. That's how much faith we have in him."
McCall added: "Every team I've been at, when you have eight-a-sides normally a team will want to be with the first-choice goalkeeper. For example at Rangers, you had Andy Goram and at half-time you didn't want to change around.
"Here it doesn't matter if Darren is in goal or Lee is in goal because Lee is excellent at shot-stopping. Lee has been a great number two because he has pushed Darren all the way, hence Darren's consistency levels have been first class. He has an excellent temperament, I have no worries at all of him playing."
Motherwell have not lost in the SPL against Aberdeen since 2008, before Mark McGhee and later Craig Brown left the club to take over at Pittodrie.
But they were knocked out by the Dons in the quarter-finals last season and missed the chance to go top of the table in their most recent visit to the Granite City, when they lost a 3-1 lead in the final stages.
Captain Keith Lasley said: "That was probably one of the most disappointing afternoons I have had, or an end to an afternoon. The game itself was great and it was one of our best performances of the season, yet we felt so bad afterwards. It felt like a defeat and it was really gutting going back down on the bus.
"But we take great heart from the performance that day, and on pervious occasions we have been up there in the last couple of seasons we have done pretty well.
"It certainly wouldn't have been our first-choice draw but I'm sure Aberdeen are thinking the same. It's two evenly-matched teams who are doing well in the league."