RANGERS take on Motherwell tomorrow in the Premiership and we’ve pulled together everything about the fixture in one handy place.
NICKNAME: The Steelmen
STADIUM: Fir Park
GROUND CAPACITY: 13,677
PITCH SIZE: 104m x 67m
MANAGER: Mark McGhee
REFEREE: Willie Collum
ASSISTANTS: David McGeachie, Gordon Crawford
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Euan Anderson
KICK OFF: 12:30
VENUE: Fir Park
WELL PLAYER PREVIEW:
WELL MANAGER PREVIEW:
W – 21/01/2017 Home SPFL 2-1
W – 20/08/2016 Home SPFL 2-1
W – 16/07/2016 Away League Cup 2-0
W – 31/05/2015 Away Play Offs 0-3
L – 28/05/2015 Home Play Offs 1-3
W – 26/09/2012 Home League Cup 2-0
D – 05/05/2012 Home SPFL 0-0
GERS MANAGER PREVIEW
GERS PLAYER PREVIEW
- James Tavernier is available after serving a ban last week in the Scottish Cup.
- Joe Garner will sit this one out as he continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder.
- Danny Wilson missed last week due to a calf injury and may be back in contention for Motherwell.
ONE TO REMEMBER
RANGERS 5-1 MOTHERWELL | 20/03/2005 | League Cup Final
IT wasn’t perhaps achieved in the manner fitting of the great man but Rangers emerged victorious in the Davie Cooper CIS Cup Final to land their first trophy in almost two years.
Aside from a period during the first half in which Motherwell scored and proved to be a match for their more illustrious opponents, Alex McLeish’s men looked entirely comfortable throughout and were buoyed by two early goals from Mo Ross and Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
A goal from David Partridge briefly threatened to bring Terry Butcher’s side back into the contest before further strikes from Fernando Ricksen, Nacho Novo and Kyrgiakos again sealed the victory.
RANGERS: 1 Waterreus; 3 Ross, 12 Malcolm, 4 Kyrgiakos, 8 Ball; 7 Buffel, 2 Ricksen, 6 Ferguson, 11 Vignal (A Rae 79); 9 Prso, 10 Novo (Thompson 84)
SUBS: G Smith, Lovenkrands, Khizanishvili
ONE TO FORGET
MOTHERWELL 3-0 RANGERS | 31/05/2015 | League Play Off Second Leg
RANGERS failed in their attempt to reach the Premiership as Motherwell saw them off 6-1 on aggregate in the play-off final with former Well manager Stuart McCall at the helm for the Gers.
The Steelmen netted three in the second-half at Fir Park to win the second-leg and give The Light Blues a tortuous afternoon. It is a result that means Rangers will have to spend another season battling in the Championship and wait another 12 months for a chance to reach the top flight again.
Goals from Marvin Johnston, Lionel Ainsworth and John Sutton confirmed the fate of the Gers to spend a second season in the SPFL Championship after a long and arduous season.
RANGERS: Bell, Foster, Zaliukas (Mohsni 71”), McCulloch, Wallace, Murdoch, Law, Vuckic, Ferguson (Walsh 54”), Miller, Boyd (Clark 58”)
SUBS: Simonsen, Smith, Crawford, Shiels
LOVED BY BOTH
DAVIE COOPER | Rangers 1977-89, Motherwell 1989-94
GENIUS is an over-used tag but it applied to Coop. He possessed a left foot on a par with Baxter and dazzled defenders with his stunning wing play and magnificent crosses.
A match-winner in every sense of the phrase, his death from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 39 in 1995 stunned the nation.
Many rate him as one of the most gifted Scottish players of all time, up there with Denis Law, Jim Baxter and Kenny Dalglish. With the ball at his feet, no-one knew what to expect – except, perhaps, the unexpected.
He would run at defenders, show them a glimpse of the ball, pull it back, feint and then with a shimmy he would be gone – often past several players. He could cross an inch-perfect ball to either head or foot and possessed such stunning shooting power that it made him a scorer of spectacular goals.
Cooper won the League with the Gers on three occasions in 1977/78, 1986/87 and 1988/89, the Scottish Cup on three occasions in 1977/78, 1978/79 and 1980/81 and the League Cup times in 1977/78, 1978/79, 1981/82, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1986/87 and 1987/88.
At Motherwell, Davie played over 150 times and contributed to the club winning its first major trophy in 39 years: The 1991 Scottish Cup Final against Dundee United. He made four further international appearances for Scotland whilst at the Steelmen too.
HOW TO WATCH
IF you’re outside the UK then you can enjoy the whole of the match against Motherwell tomorrow live on RangersTV.
Regular commentator Tom Miller will bring you full commentary throughout the 90 minutes with former Gers player Hugh Burns.
Before the match subscribers and fans buying the game on demand will be able to watch highlights from last weekend’s game with the Steelmen, plus exclusive interviews with Mark Warburton and Lee Hodson.
At half-time viewers will be able to watch highlights of a 4-0 victory over Hibernian from on this day in 2012.
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