Motherwell are to rename the main stand at their Fir Park stadium the Phil O'Donnell Stand as a tribute to their club captain, who died last month.

The Scottish Premier League side announced the moved Friday after talks with O'Donnell's family and Motherwell fans.

Midfielder O'Donnell died aged 35 from heart failure after collapsing during a 5-3 league victory over Dundee United on December 29.

Motherwell owner John Boyle said: "Since Phil's death there has been a heartfelt desire by everyone associated with Motherwell and throughout the football world to create a lasting memorial to Phil at Fir Park.

"There have been many suggestions put forward on how this should be done and all with the very best of intentions.

"However, the club and our supporters believe the renaming of the main stand as the Phil O'Donnell Stand is entirely fitting in view of the outstanding contribution Phil made to the club over many years.

O'Donnell left a widow, Eileen, and four children, Christopher, Olivia, Megan and Luc.

The family said they had been moved by the way in which supporters had turned Fir Park into something of a shrine following O'Donnell's death with tributes of scarves and shirt.

Hundreds of fans also lined the streets outside O'Donnell's funeral service in Hamilton last Friday. And Motherwell will now have a lasting tribute to a player who first joined the club as a 14-year-old.

O'Donnell's father, Bernard, said: "We have all been deeply touched by the reaction to Phil's death and Eileen and the rest of the family will always be grateful for the kindness that has been shown.

"The family regards the naming of the stand after him as a great honour and we will always appreciate this in the years to come."

Another stand at Fir Park, the Davie Cooper Stand, is named after a former player who died at a tragically young age.

The former Scotland winger was 39 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1995, just over a year after leaving the club for Clydebank.

Cooper was a team-mate of O'Donnell and also hailed from Hamilton. The pair both played in Motherwell's Scottish Cup final victory over Dundee United in 1991, when a teenage O'Donnell netted his first senior goal.

Motherwell play their first match since O'Donnell's death when they travel to Premier League rivals Hearts for a Scottish Cup fourth round tie.

The Well players will wear shirts specially embroidered with O'Donnell's signature as a tribute - something they intend doing for the remainder of the current campaign.

"It's on the home and away kits as well as the coach's gear and we'll wear it proudly for the rest of the season," said club kit-man Alan McDonald.