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    Rangers 2- 0 Motherwell

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    TV: Page joins Accies on loan

    Jonathan Page has gone out on a month’s loan to Lanarkshire neighbours Hamilton Accies.

    The 22-year old has found first-team football hard to come by this season after the arrival of Simon Ramsden from Bradford City and the emergence of Adam Cummins from the youth set-up.

    The former Portsmouth defender did start against La Liga side Levante in the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia during Motherwell’s bid for Europa League qualification and the Scottish Premier League in Motherwell’s 4-1 home win over Inverness CT at Fir Park.

    But he will now spend the next month at New Douglas Park as Accies continue their league campaign in the Irn-Bru First Division.

    He told MFC TV: “I am hoping to get at least four or five games in the month period with the aim of trying to get back playing at the level I feel I should be.

    “I’ve played a few games here at Motherwell this season but you can’t beat the feeling of playing week in and week out so that’s something I am really looking forward to.

    “This First Division is a really good league with a number of excellent teams. ”


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    TV: Highlights from Ibrox

    Highlights from Ibrox as Rangers run out 2-0 winners to eliminate Motherwell from the Scottish Communities League Cup.


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    TV: Cup exit angers McCall

    Stuart McCall cut an angry and frustrated figure after Motherwell crashed out of the Scottish Communities League Cup at the hands of Rangers.

    The Claret and Amber men went into the match in high hopes and even at the interval, looked in good shape to progress to the Quarter Final.

    But goals from former Steelmen striker Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels handed the home side the win with Motherwell out of sorts.

    Talking to MFC TV, McCall looked shell-shocked and did his best to sum up his feelings.

    [pullquote]It’s so frustrating because we wanted a performance like we had at Aberdeen or any of the other away games this season but we never got it.[/pullquote]

    “It just wasn’t good enough,” he said, bluntly.

    “We said prior to the game that if we were to get anything from the game we’d have to be at our best.

    “We didn’t start well although we grew into game coming in at half time knowing we had to up the tempo in the second half but didn’t do it. Again from a short corner we switch off and that is just not good enough.

    “From then on the crowd erupted and their players found and extra yard. You give them credit but we weren’t at the races.

    “It’s so frustrating because we wanted a performance like we had at Aberdeen or any of the other away games this season but we never got it and that is mystifying.

    “At 2-0 with 65 minutes gone I had belief we could come back but I looked around the pitch and couldn’t see anyone on the pitch who really believed that. We’ve been here before too many times and not scored; it is psychological? I don’t know, but it is just really disappointing.”


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    Rangers defeat in pictures

    Pictures from the 2-0 defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Communities League Cup, Third Round at Ibrox.

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    Rangers 2- 0 Motherwell

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    Kris Jack at Ibrox

    Second half goals from Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels were enough to knock Motherwell out of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

    Despite going in to the interval at 0-0 and looking good for the second half, Rangers upped their game and Motherwell never really got going, lacking the killer touch in front of goal that could have made all the difference.

    Stuart McCall named an unchanged side to that which drew 3-3 with Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday. In form striker Michael Higdon was looking to add to his seven goals in his last four games, supported by the tricky Henrik Ojamaa in attack and both Nicky Law and Chris Humphrey on the flanks.

    Ally McCoist’s starting eleven was a mix of familiar and unfamiliar faces, with starts for Neil Alexander, Dean Shiels, Fran Sandaza and Lee McCulloch. Ian Black missed out for the hosts through injury, as both teams looked to kick on to the next round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

    Rangers started the game at full speed, getting right in the visitors’ faces from kick off, but despite some balls bouncing about in the box, the ‘Well defence remained intact.

    It took the Steelmen about five minutes to settle and began to carve out some opportunities, with Tom Hateley testing Neil Alexander from 25 after neat wing play from Henrik Ojamaa and Keith Lasley played him in.

    Steven Hammell was on the receiving end of a late challenge from Lewis McLeod, and was then booked where McLeod wasn’t for a far less forceful challenge on Dean Shiels just five minutes later. From the free kick, Lee McCulloch blazed Shiels’ quick pass over the bar.

    McCulloch then gave Darren Randolph his first touch of the game with a 25-yard smash that was straight enough for the Irish International to gather easily enough. Down the other end and Nicky Law had two chances in quick succession to put the Fir Parkers ahead, but came up just short on each occasion.

    He weaved in from the left after a neat interchange with Steven Hammell, shot across Alexander and past the far post. Minutes later, he reacted quickest to a free kick on the half-way line to race clear of the defensive line. He got to the loose ball before the outrushing Alexander, only for the Rangers’ keeper to nick the ball off his toe before he could round him.

    A clash of heads between Shaun Hutchinson and Fran Sandaza led to the former St Johnstone man leaving the field on the stretcher, while the first half became stop start as Hutchinson received treatment for a bloody head wound.

    The signs were encouraging going in to the second half after a decent showing in the first period, but within four minutes of the restart, Rangers took the lead in somewhat inevitable fashion.

    A short quick corner between Fraser Aird and Shiels was tossed in to the box, right on to the head of the towering Lee McCulloch, who crashed header beyond Randolph to send Ibrox in to raptures. The concession of similar goals against Aberdeen on Sunday had not been heeded, and McCall’s men found themselves behind at Ibrox yet again.

    The home side had their tails up, Aird almost doubling the score after he jinked his way in to the box past Fraser Kerr.

    It was only a brief wait for the home fans to see their side score a second, and again it was down to some poor defending from the visitors.

    A ball from the left made its way across the box to the unmarked Agriyou and with six Claret and Amber shirts watching, he picked out the unmarked Dean Shiels who placed the ball beyond Randolph from sixteen-yards.

    As the Motherwell players trudged back to the halfway line, they knew that pulling a two goal deficit back was going to need a monumental effort, which unfortunately never materialised.

    The best opportunity to get back in to the game came from a Hateley free kick from the left corner of the box which had Alexander scrambling to push the ball away, but with no one following in, the chance was wasted.

    With Shiels going off injured, Rangers reverted to one man up front, which bar a few runs from Aird and substitute Barry McKay; found them shooting from distance, with Kyle Hutton and Lewis McLeod trying speculative efforts.

    Try as they might, Motherwell could not find a final touch in and around the box, as intricate play from Law, Ojamaa and substitutes Omar Daley and Jamie Murphy, could not create the chances required to get back in to the game.

    The home side almost snatched a third at the death when McKay drove in to the box and had a shot which cannoned off Randolph’s shins, before McCulloch missed the target with the rebound.

    The game ended 2-0 to Rangers, and once more the 900 strong travelling fans could not leave having seen their side come away with a victory.

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    Alastair Reilly at Ibrox

    FT: Rangers 2 – 0 Motherwell.

    90mins – Free-kick from Motherwell but it’s straight into the arms of the keeper. ‘Well fans in fine voice – thanks to all who travelled…

    88mins – Good save again by Randolph to keep it at 2-0. McCulloch flashes the ball wide of target.

    87mins – It’s been a difficult second half for Motherwell. Tough watching. Enough of the ball in the final third but lack a cutting edge.

    75mins – Attendance here tonight is 29,413.

    75mins – Rangers sub. Crawford on for goal scorer Shiels.

    72mins – Another change – Omar on for Chris Humphrey. PA announcer at Ibrox is having one…

    70mins – Another shot form Ojamaa but his neat turn and hit is well saved again by Alexander. Motherwell need a goal quick here.

    69mins – Ojamaa goes down in the box under a challenge. Hard to see from here but Calum Murray not interested.

    66mins – Dean Shiels takes advantage of space in the Motherwell defence (Hutchy off again). Shot is saved by Randolph.

    65mins – Another change for Motherwell. Francis-Angol on for Hammell. Assume that must be an injury to the full-back.

    63mins – Murphy comes on for Hateley!

    62mins – Ojamaa does his best to control a difficult volley inside the box but it’s fairly comfortable for Alexander to pluck out the air.

    60mins – Free-kick by Hateley is very well saved by Alexander. Still 2-0 Rangers.

    60mins – its all Rangers at the moment. ‘Well just need to get back to playing the football they did in the first. Lost their way a bit.

    55mins – GOAL Rangers. Dean Shiels makes it 2-0 to the home side. Unmarked from just inside the box. Nightmare for ‘Well!

    GOAL Rangers – Lee McCulloch with a close range header. Poor marking from Motherwell!

    46mins – Early half chance for Higdon but his flicked header doesn’t trouble Alexander at all.

    45mins – Teams are back onto the pitch and Motherwell will get this second-half underway. C’mon the Steelmen… Good luck lads!

    HT: Rangers 0 – 0 Motherwell. Fairly even so far. Both teams had some half chances but nothing to really write home about,

    45mins – Neat little passing move from Motherwell. Higdon’s shot from the edge of the box lacks pace and runs wide of the post.

    44mins – Game has got a little scrappy. Match official is giving free-kick after free-kick which isn’t helping the game flow at all.

    41mins – Motherwell have forced a couple of corners but nothing to really trouble the home defence.

    34mins – Great chance for Law. Through one on one with Alexander but the goalkeeper wins the race and clears the ball.

    29mins – Motherwell go right down the park and have a dig themselves but Law’ shot from distance flashes wide of the post.

    28mins – Rangers have their first real shot on target. McCulloch from the edge of the area but it is comfortable for Randolph.

    25mins – Ojamaa runs with the ball for what seemed like hours. Eventually crossed but it’s a little over-cooked and spins out for a goal kick

    23mins – Rangers make that change. Kyle Hutton comes on to replace the groggy Sandaza. Hutchinson still off the park.

    22mins – Hutchinson still off the park – both teams down to ten men at the moment.

    21mins – Looks like Sandaza is going to have to come off. Real sore one there! Hopefully the big striker is ok. Hutton going to come on!

    19mins – Hutchy has to go off for stitches. Nasty head cut. Leaves us short at the back for this corner…

    19mins – Hutchinson and Sandaza both down after a nasty clash of heads. Hopefully both players ok. Doctors are on the pitch at both players,

    17mins – Hooked ball into the middle bu Hutchinson heads towards Higdon. He can’t get enough on the ball and it drops easily for Alexander.

    14mins – Hammell booked. His foul almost identical to a foul on him seven minutes earlier that went unpunished. Frustrating stuff.

    10mins – Nice ball down the flank from Hateley has Ojamaa in. His first touch takes him a little wide though and his shot is easily blocked.

    5mins – First shot on target in the game comes from Tom Hateley. 30-yarder is no trouble for Alexander in the home goal.

    3mins – Free-kick for Motherwell 40 yards from goal – Rangers make a hash of the defending and it’s a corner to the Steelmen. Cleared though

    1min –  Rangers have started very much on the front foot. The home fans are rocking here. Boys need to calm down into the match.

    1min – Rangers are going to get us underway here at Ibrox. Hopefully tonight we can end our 15-year run. Good luck lads!


    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “I was disappointed with the way we played and performed. I said before the game we would have to be at our best to win this game.

    “We didn’t get anywhere near the heights we got on Sunday or have done all season. If you asked anybody who’s watched Rangers all season, they’ve never played anything like that but it was always going to be the case.

    “I was certainly aware of what we would face – it was their biggest game in terms of an SPL club coming here.

    “But I look at my own side and we lost too many battles.”

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist:

    “It was really satisfying. I thought the performance warranted the victory and the two goals were top-class. It’s a wee indicator to ourselves and the support that we can play against teams from the top of the league and higher up in the divisions but we can’t get carried away.

    “It’s a very small step on what’s going to be a long road. I make no apologies for telling the supporters that – we’ve got miles and miles to go.

    “But it shows you, in a one-off game, we can compete with anybody.”


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    ‘Convert for Cash’ returns…

    The Cash Converters “Convert for Cash” challenge returns for the first time this weekend but there is a new twist.

    Like last year, two fans take part on the pitch at half-time. Fans will go up against each other with the task of being the quickest to complete the challenge.

    However, the Stuart McCall manikins and prize balls have been replaced by giant inflatable Cash Converters balls.

    Fans must use their hands to dribble the Cash Converters ball around the course and across the goal line (no carrying allowed). The winner will take home the £150 prize.

    All participants will be put on a leader board and the person with the fastest time of the year taking home a cool £1,000.

    For your chance to take part this Saturday against Celtic, enter at the Cash Converters SPL Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

    The draw will close at Noon on Friday 28th September.

    *Please note: You must be aged over 18 to take part, and proof of age will be required on the day. You must also already possess a match ticket.

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    ‘Convert your seat’ begins on Saturday

    This season Cash Converters are giving you the chance to ‘Convert your seat’ and sit near your favourite stars next to the dugout at Fir Park.

    Our principle partners have invested in new Recaro seats for the dugouts and are giving fans at every home match the opportunity to take their spot on two of the new seats directly adjacent to the home dugout – starting this weekend against Celtic.

    All you have to do to be in with a chance of this fantastic prize is to fill in your details, along with your seat number, row and stand.

    Click Here to access the Cash Converters SPL Facebook page.

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    TV: McCall up for Ibrox test

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall insists his side are in high spirits ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Communities League Cup tie with Rangers.

    The Steelmen haven’t won at Ibrox since 1997, when the current ‘Well boss was a member of the Ibrox playing squad.

    But the even although the Claret and Amber men go into the match on the back of a disappointing late leveller at Pittodrie on Saturday, the former Scotland International insists his team will be right up for the challenge.

    He said: “There are no ill-effects whatsoever from the way the game ended on Sunday up at Aberdeen.

    “We had a run through the goals again today with the players and normally when you lose a late goal there is loads you can pick over that has gone wrong but, in fairness, we’ve played very well and dominated for long periods.

    “We just need to take that positive attacking mentality into tomorrow’s match at Ibrox. Sure, they will have a vocal and vociferous backing and they have players well-versed in SPL football but as always, I will concentrate on Motherwell and how we play.

    “Like every match we play, it is down to us to go and set the agenda and take the game to our opponents. Our aim is to go there, win and progress into the next round of the competition.”


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    TV: Kerr in confident mood

    On-loan Birmingham City defender Fraser Kerr reckons ‘Well are in for a tough evening at Ibrox tomorrow but insists the Steelmen go to Govan full of confidence.

    The Fir Parkers are still unbeaten domestically this season and sit at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after seven matches.

    Rangers are still unbeaten themselves, with the exception of a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Queen of the South in the Ramsden’s Cup last week.

    McCoist’s men have scored a mammoth twenty-three goals in just six games at Ibrox this term and with a team rich with SPL experience and a budget that would be the envy of just about every top-flight club, it’s up for debate just who goes into the match with the “favourites” tag.

    Kerr, 19, is certainly looking forward to the challenge and told the broadcast press at the pre-match press conference: “If you look at Rangers’ team, they’ve got a lot of SPL standard players; It will be a tough game but one I’m very much looking forward to.

    “They want to be playing in the SPL this season so they try and get a ‘scalp’ over us to prove they should still be up there. We’ve just got to be wary of that and go out and play our game.

    “I wouldn’t say we are favourites though as they’ve got a lot of good quality players. We can’t look at it as if they’re a Third Division team. We’ll go out there as if they are playing in the SPL and give it our all.

    “But as I’ve said, we’re playing well at the moment and will go there full of confidence looking to progress.”


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    Celtic Tickets on sale until kick-off

    Tickets for this Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Celtic at Fir Park will be on sale right up until kick-off.

    It will be the first time the teams have met at 3pm on Saturday at Fir Park in almost eight years.

    And with both sides near the top of the Scottish Premier League, it’s sure to be a mouth-watering prospect.

    Tickets are still available from the Fir Park Ticket Office with prices set at:

    ADULTS:   £25 / £20
    CONCESSIONS:                         £17 / £15
    JUVENILE:   £14 / £10
    FAMILY:   £25
    • Concessions are listed as Over 60s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Juveniles are listed as Under 16s.
    • Family tickets consist of 1x Adult and 1x Juvenile.
    • The cheaper priced ticket is for the East Stand only.
    • If you are new to Fir Park, check our handy ‘New Fans’ section that will detail everything you need to know about matchdays.
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    PAYMENT OPTIONS: You can either pay cash or, if you prefer, via credit or debit card at the Fir Park Ticket Office. Please note there is a 2.5% surcharge on any credit card purchase. Alternatively, you can pre-purchase your ticket by booking online – just click the link below. *The following credit cards are accepted at the Fir Park Ticket Office:

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