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    Rangers 1 – 1 Motherwell

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    A fantastic, positive and disciplined performance earned Motherwell a point at Ibrox this afternoon.

    Such was the performance and domination from the Steelmen, though, it really was a case of two points dropped.

    Suffice to say that after Joe Garner’s equaliser to cancel out Louis Moult’s third minute opener, Rangers’ ‘keeper Wes Foderingham earned his ‘Man of the Match’ tag with a series of stunning saves to deny ‘Well a thoroughly deserved win.

    For his first visit to Ibrox as Motherwell manager, Stephen Robinson named a very attack minded line-up. His bold intentions of having a front two of Louis Moult and Ryan Bowman, backed by Scott McDonald, and supported with a strong running midfield, was rewarded with a third minute goal and a commanding overall performance from his men.

    Elliott Frear, who posed a real threat on the left, carried the ball 70 yards to win a corner. And when Chris Cadden curled the ball into the six-yard area, Moult powerfully headed the ball home with Foderingham only able to palm it into the roof of the net.

    That stunned the Ibrox side and crowd – but rather than sit back and face a reaction, Motherwell continued to take the game towards the home goal.

    Ryan Bowman, who tormented the ‘Gers back four, won a free kick at the edge of the box and Frear’s cross caused more panic in the home box. A couple of Cadden corners maintained the pressure.

    ‘Well were in total control at this stage and Scott McDonald won the ball on the byline before finding Moult, who although off balance, managed to send his header just wide.

    With a disciplined formation of two banks of five players across their own half, Craig Samson was virtually a spectator until Rangers’ first threat after 21 minutes.

    A through ball from Jon Toral sent Martyn Waghorn towards goal but after rounding the grounded Samson, the Gers’ striker fell to the deck, only to receive a yellow card for his theatrical tumble.

    That aside, all the action was at the other end and Moult and McDonald combined to send Cadden to the byline whose low ball across the face of the goal found no takers.

    The first half ended with Motherwell still pressing for a second goal they deserved and three minutes from the break Bowman’s tenacity earned another free kick at the corner of the box. With Frear shaping to cross the ball, Moult elected to drive for goal and into a packed defence, but Rangers managed to turn it away from danger.

    The new Rangers’ boss made wholesale changes at the break with three substitutions which initially raised home spirits. However, Robinson was also forced into an early change when Keith Lasley replaced Craig Clay who had taken a knock late in the first half.

    The change didn’t affect ‘Well though, and when Hammell sent Frear racing down the left his low cross for Bowman was cut out by Rob Kiernan in his six yard box. From the resultant corner, Cadden’s delivery picked out McHugh and his downward header forced Foderingham to save at the foot of his post.

    Rangers, with Garner now spearheading their attack, began to threaten and after 57 minutes only a goal line clearance from Ben Heneghan denied the Ibrox striker. Minutes later, Garner’s header was brilliantly palmed away by Samson at full stretch.

    The game was end to end and after cutting into the box, Frear set up Lasley but he sliced his shot wide of goal.

    It was third time lucky for Garner on the hour mark as Rangers levelled. Kenny Miller’s cross drifted over Samson and from an impossible angle the striker squeezed the ball home on the volley.

    However, the goal failed to dampen ‘Well’s spirits and in an amazing seven minute spell Foderingham produced a series of stunning saves to deny the Fir Parkers.

    Just two minutes after the equaliser, ‘Well looked to have regained the lead. Moult set up Bowman and his low shot was curling inside the post until Foderingham stretched to push it away. Moult reacted first to slam the ball beyond the ‘keeper and into the net off Stephen Pearson’s foot, but the celebrations were cut short due to an offside flag.

    Moult was again the provider when his cross found Bowman and his header seemed goal bound until the striker was again denied as Foderingham threw himself fully to the right to beat the ball away.

    The Rangers’ ‘keeper bettered that in the 68th minute with an incredible double save. Having blocked Moult’s volley from close range Foderingham somehow recovered to palm away McDonald’s header which looked certain for the top corner of the net.

    Tiring through their efforts to relentlessly press the Gers’ defence, Bowman and Moult took a well earned break with Jacob Blyth and Lionel Ainsworth coming on to maintain the pursuit for a winner.

    And while Rangers chased a last minute winner against ‘Well for the third time this season, the visitors came closest to claiming all three points in injury time. McDonald might have considered running down the clock but instead he headed for goal before unleashing a dipping angled drive which Foderingham again matched diving to push the ball round the post and leave the sides level.

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     Alastair Reilly at Ibrox

     

    What a shift. But for a couple of great Foderingham saves the Steelmen would have been travelling home with all three points.

    FT: Rangers 1 – 1 Motherwell #RFCvMFC

    90+2′ | 1-1
    Hyndman should burst the net but fires well over from 6 yards!!

    Three minutes added on…

    Moult looks like he is struggling with an injury.

    79′ | 1-1
    Motherwell sub, Ainsworth on for Moult.

    75′ | 1-1
    Motherwell sub, Blyth on for Bowman

    69′ | 1-1
    Another great chance. Cadden slides in a front post ball but Kiernan gets a touch on the ball to clear from Bowman!

    68′ | 1-1
    Quite incredible that ‘Well aren’t back in the lead. Foderingham denies Moult then somehow gets a hand to McDonald’s header!

    65′ | 1-1
    Foderingham makes a great save to deny Bowman from close range!!

    63′ | 1-1
    ‘Well have the ball in the net but a very late flag goes up after consultation with the ref. Will need to see again.

    61′ | 1-1
    Goal – Rangers are back level. Miller with a deep ball in which Garner somehow turns into the net.

    57′ | 0-1
    Good save! Samson does well to deny Garner’s close range header!

    54′ | 0-1
    Hyndman looked certain to score, getting on the end of a Miller nod down but he fails to make contact and the chance goes.

    51′ | 0-1
    Hammell slides Frear in down the left and his ball across goal is put out for a corner by Kiernan

    49′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Lasley on for Clay

    46′ | 0-1
    Hyndman gets into the box but McHugh is on hand to deflect his shot over the bar.

    Both teams out for the second 45, with Rangers making three changes, Halliday and O’Halloran & Garner on for Wallace, Hodson and Hill

    HT: Rangers 0 – 1 Motherwell #RFCvMFC

    42′ | 0-1
    Toral booked. Tried a backheel from his own byline, straight to Bowman who he then hauled down.

    39′ | 0-1
    Moult fires over the bar from 25 yards with Clay as a decent option to slide in.

    38′ | 0-1
    Waghorn goes close, getting on the end of McKay’s cut-back but his shot fizzes wide.

    30′ | 0-1
    Pearson booked for a clumsy looking foul on Wallace

    26′ | 0-1
    McDonald gets the break of the ball 30 yards out and opts to take on the shot but it flies well over.

    24′ | 0-1
    Close! Well worked move sets Cadden free and his cross fires across goal with no takers.

    21′ | 0-1
    Waghorn booked for a clear dive in the box. Was down before Samson was even near him.

    20′ | 0-1
    McDonald spins on the touchline and swings in a good ball to Moult but its a fraction high and he heads wide.

    16′ | 0-1
    McDonald wins a corner on the left hand side….Cadden whips it in to the backpost where it is headed out for another corner.

    11′ | 0-1
    Hammell puts a deep free-kick into the box but Moult’s flick-on is too heavy for Bowman and runs out of play

    …Frear clips it in but when the ball eventually falls for McDonald he is flagged offside.

    6′ | 0-1
    Bowman and Moult combine down the left which forces Hodson to haul Bowman down. Free kick wide on the left…

    3′ | 0-1
    The Steelmen take the lead! Frear whips it in the the head of Moult who is unmarked and bullets it home!!

    GGGGGOOOOAAALLLLL!!!!

    2′ | 0-0
    Positive run from Frear down the left wins a corner for ‘Well…

    McDonald gets the game underway. COYW!!!!

    Out come the two sides at a sunny Ibrox, usual colours for both.

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    Easter with Motherwell FC

    As Easter approaches – and the holiday’s come with it – Motherwell FC have plenty for you to take part in.

    From soccer camps for kids to Sponsor Award Nights with special deals for children, make the most of the next couple of weeks.

    Community Trust Camps

    The Motherwell FC Community Trust’s Easter Camps get underway on Monday, with opportunities for youngsters to develop their skills and learn new tricks, as well meet first-team stars.

    Also included in the camps, available for just £50 for the whole week, are as follows:

    • Enjoy mini games, training drills and skill sessions
    • Play just like your heroes
    • Train and learn with other ‘Well fans and our brilliant coaches in a fun environment
    • Family ticket for home fixture

    For more information, and to book your place, click here.

    Hamilton Hospitality

    Matchday hospitality for the Lanarkshire Derby is one sale now – with a special £10 deal for children to attend.

    The Ladbrokes Premiership fixture against Hamilton Accies takes place on Wednesday, April 5, and during the school break, children can attend and dine for just £10!

    Choose from our Centenary Suite, Millennium Suite and South Stand Boxes – where you can have a celebration in a box or a night with friends with our new reduced packages.

    The Lanarkshire Derby is a match not to be missed and now is the time to secure one of our hospitality packages, which are already selling fast.

    Head of Commercial and Marketing Suzanne Reid said: “The Lanarkshire Derby is a match not to be missed and now is the time to secure one of our hospitality packages, which are already selling fast.

    “It’s a fantastic way to experience a match here at Fir Park, and we look forward to what will be a big night on and off the pitch, with kick-off at 7:45pm.”

    There is also Match Sponsorship options available, but be fast before they sell out.

    For more information, please contact hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk or phone 01698 33 33 33.

    Sponsors Award Night

    The Club’s annual Sponsors Event will take place within the Alona Hotel on Saturday 15th of April.

    Again, taking place during the Easter holiday’s means that a special deal for children is ideal for those looking to come along.

    All Player Sponsors will have already received their invitation to this prestigious event and a limited number of tickets have been released for public sale which are available at £45 per person.

    Children can attend and dine at the event for a fantastic price of just £15, so don’t miss out!

    A 3 course meal will be served followed by a short Q & A with the Management Team and a number of Awards on the night,  including the Sponsor’s Player of the Season Award.

    Your host for the evening will be Fir Park favourite, Tam Cowan.

    To book phone 01698 333 333 or email events@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Saturday 15th April

     7.00pm

    Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Park

    £45 per adult, £15 for children

    Dress code: lounge suit 

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    Update: Rangers tickets

    Tickets for the Steelmen’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Rangers will be on sale from the Fir Park ticket office tomorrow morning from 10am – 1pm. 

    It is Motherwell’s fifth meeting with the Glaswegian outfit and will be the third at Ibrox in the 2016/17 season.

    The match, taking place on Saturday, will kick off at 3pm with regular opening hours to purchase tickets this week.

    Rangers, still in pursuit of a second placed finish, sit third in the league – seven spots ahead of tenth placed ‘Well.

    Stephen Robinson’s side will be aiming to close the gap on sixth placed Partick Thistle whilst try to extend the gap from the bottom two.

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £24  
    CONCESSIONS      £18
    JUVENILE   £7
    • Concessions are listed as 65 and 16-17-year olds
    • Juveniles are listed as under 16s
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Darren  on 07722912666 or email darren@mfcdsa.com


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    Rangers: A closer look

    Motherwell take on Rangers this Saturday afternoon as they return to league action following last weekend’s international break.

    And ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson will be keen to guide his side to an important result at Ibrox in his second game in charge of the Steelmen.

    With just four games remaining until the split, the Fir Park outfit face a big spell over the next few weeks to rack up some crucial points.

    Robinson, speaking to the press yesterday, admitted that the brief international break has been beneficial for his squad.

    He said: “It’s been good because we’ve been able to rest a bit in terms of injuries and last week we took that opportunity to try and get the squad together again fitness wise.

    “We’ve had a good week from Monday, we’ve been in everyday preparing for the game against Rangers so it does give us a wee bit more time to work.”

    He added: “I can’t change personnel, that’s not something I can do at this stage of the season, but we’ve just tried to get more organisation in to the team and more of a belief in to the team.”

    [pullquote]We’ve had a good week from Monday, we’ve been in everyday preparing for the game against Rangers so it does give us a wee bit more time to work.[/pullquote]

    The last time the two sides met, Rangers secured a 2-0 victory at Fir Park, but it took a late brace from Kenny Miller to drag the Glaswegian side from behind to snatch a dramatic victory the last time the sides met at Ibrox.

    Stephen Robinson will be without Richard Tait and Stephen McManus through injury, while Ben Heneghan returns from suspension.

    Rangers, on the other hand, are missing full back James Tavernier who is out due to suspension, but could be boosted by the return to fitness of Andy Halliday.

     

    Carl McHugh admits he can’t wait to get back to action after the international break.

    And with Rangers up next for the Steelmen, the ‘Well number 8 insisted the club face a big week ahead – not just a big match this weekend.

    The Irishman is well prepared for the Glaswegian side tomorrow though, and said: “I just can’t wait to get going now because it was disappointing that we didn’t get something from the St Johnstone game cause I felt we deserved something.

    “We need to crack on now for an important three games in a week so it’s massive for us.

    “It’s been a good spell because we’ve had three good performances in the main since the gaffer took over so we’ll be very organised and with a clear plan going in to the game.”

    The midfielder, who has dropped in to central defence in recent weeks, heads in to the match on the back of picking up the Player of the Month award and is in fine form.

    [pullquote]It’s been a good spell because we’ve had three good performances in the main since the gaffer took over so we’ll be very organised and with a clear plan going in to the game.[/pullquote]

    For the ‘Well star, he will be hopeful of continuing his own form whilst helping his side back to winning ways.

    He said: “I’m delighted to pick up this award and it means a lot for me that it was voted for by the fans.

    “But to be honest, the most important thing is Saturday, and it’s not about the individual it’s about making sure we perform as a team and hopefully we can take something from Ibrox.”

     

    Like the Steelmen, Rangers come in to this weekend’s match under the stewardship of a new manager. 

    Pedro Caixinha’s reign got off to a perfect start two weeks ago when the Gers overcame Hamilton convincingly to win 4-0.

    Emerson Hyndman converted James Tavernier’s cross to put the Glaswegians ahead and Clint Hill knocked in Jon Toral’s delivery for the second goal of the game.

    Martyn Waghorn slotted away from the penalty spot after being fouled by Hamilton’s Massimo Donati before captain Lee Wallace completed the scoring.

    The Ibrox side are eight points behind second-placed Aberdeen but are seven clear of St Johnstone, with third place guaranteeing a Europa League qualifying spot.

    But the new boss won’t take any game lightly, and has been particular in his preparation for each and every match.

    The Portuguese was announced on the eve of the club’s clash with rivals Celtic, but caretaker manager Graeme Murty took charge of the sides 1-1 draw at Parkhead.

    Two weeks ago, in his first game at the helm, Caixinha oversaw what was a convincing victory over ‘Well rivals Hamilton, and the Ibrox faithful will be keen to see their club follow up on that result tomorrow afternoon.

    Rangers pose obvious threats in the shape of Kenny Miller and tricky winger Barrie McKay, but it is the surge in performances of Martyn Waghorn which will add more damage to the Gers attack.

    And under the more direct playing style Caixinha has introduced, compared to Mark Warburton’s slower, possession based style of play – Rangers appear to have a new lease of life.

    The trip to Ibrox tomorrow will be a wholly different challenge from previous meetings this season for the Fir Parkers, but will be just as difficult.

    With two new managers going head-to-head tomorrow, it makes for an interesting encounter, and one that is hugely important for the Steelmen.

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    McHugh wins Motorpoint award

    Carl McHugh has won the Motorpoint Player of the Month award for February, decided by you, the fans.

    The summer signing, who has missed a large chunk of the season due to concussion, has established himself as one of the most important members of the squad since his return just before the turn of the year.

    And that was reflected by the fans votes, who selected Carl as their star Steelman for February.

    [pullquote]I’m delighted to pick up this award and it means a lot for me that it was voted for by the fans.[/pullquote]

    The midfielder, who has dropped in to central defence in recent weeks, was proud to pick up the award – sponsored by Motorpoint.

    Carl said: “I’m delighted to pick up this award and it means a lot for me that it was voted for by the fans.

    “But to be honest, the most important thing is Saturday, and it’s not about the individual it’s about making sure we perform as a team and hopefully we can take something from Ibrox.”

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    McHugh: Big week ahead

    Carl McHugh admits he can’t wait to get back to action after the international break.

    And with Rangers up next for the Steelmen, the ‘Well number 8 insisted the club face a big week ahead – not just a big match this weekend.

    Speaking to the press this morning, the Irishman reflected on the past few weeks under manager Stephen Robinson.

    [pullquote]I just can’t wait to get going now because it was disappointing that we didn’t get something from the St Johnstone game cause I felt we deserved something.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I just can’t wait to get going now because it was disappointing that we didn’t get something from the St Johnstone game cause I felt we deserved something.

    “We need to crack on now for an important three games in a week so it’s massive for us.

    It’s been a good spell because we’ve had three good performances in the main since the gaffer took over so we’ll be very organised and with a clear plan going in to the game.

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    Robinson: We’ve prepared well

    ‘Well Boss Stephen Robinson believes that the weekend break has been beneficial for his side as they prepare for a trip to Ibrox this weekend.

    The Northern Irishman spoke to the press this morning and admitted that he has been working hard with his side over the past few weeks to bring about belief.

    Robinson said: “It’s been good because we’ve been able to rest a bit in terms of injuries and last week we took that opportunity to try and get the squad together again fitness wise.

    [pullquote]We’ve had a good week from Monday, we’ve been in everyday preparing for the game against Rangers so it does give us a wee bit more time to work.[/pullquote]

    “We’ve had a good week from Monday, we’ve been in everyday preparing for the game against Rangers so it does give us a wee bit more time to work.”

    He added: “I can’t change personnel, that’s not something I can do at this stage of the season, but we’ve just tried to get more organisation in to the team and more of a belief in to the team.”

    You can watch the Fir Park boss speak to the press in full on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

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    Goal Zone with Scott McDonald

    Scott McDonald has made a career out of scoring goals, but unfortunately for the Aussie forward, and the rest of the Steelmen, his strike against St Johnstone two weeks ago wasn’t enough as Motherwell lost 2-1 at home.

    But McDonald remains optimistic – and he believes that there will be plenty more goals to come this season for Stephen Robinson’s side ahead of this weekend’s clash with Rangers.

    That sense of optimism is reflected in the Aussie forwards goal against Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone last time out at Fir Park.

    Having missed a golden opportunity to equalise just minutes before, the forward made no mistake on the stroke of half time, firing the Fir Parkers back in to the match.

    “I missed a clear sitter just before this so I was delighted to get the chance straight after that,” McDonald admitted; “Moulty did ever so well in the build up, then Craig follows in with the shot which rebounds for me.

    [pullquote]Without realising how many players are between myself and the goal, I just turn, swivel and it’s more of a natural sort of finish for a striker on the half turn, I just had to hit it as clean as I could.[/pullquote]

    “I’m on the half turn and, due to the chance I missed before that, I wanted to make sure I could make up for that and make amends.”

    He added: “Without realising how many players are between myself and the goal, I just turn, swivel and it’s more of a natural sort of finish for a striker on the half turn, I just had to hit it as clean as I could.

    “It’s amazing how many times as a centre forward in these sorts of moments where the ball goes through defenders legs.

    “So for me, in this moment, it was best to just buy a ticket and hope I win the prize.”

    The equaliser from Motherwell’s number 77 was his eighth in the league, and the Australian, who is equally keen to turn provider, hopes for more celebrations this weekend.

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    McLean in charge for Gers clash

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    The referee for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Rangers at Ibrox is Steven McLean.

    It will be McLean’s fifth match in charge this season and his second since the turn of the year, following a midweek away win to Ross County in February.

    Prior to that, the official took charge of the goalless draw with Killie at Fir Park in December, the 1-3 home loss to Hearts in September and the Rangers League Cup group match in July, when the ‘Well lost 2-0.

    That all-important away win against the Staggies last month broke the run of losses whilst McLean has been in charge – and the Fir Parkers will be keen to follow that up this weekend.

    Now one of Scotland’s most recognisable whistlers, ‘Well fans will be familiar with the 35-year old, who will be on the Ibrox turf for this weekends game as he celebrates his 36th birthday.

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads sixteen wins, eight defeats and five draws from twenty-nine matches.

    In those games, ‘Well have scored 53 and conceded 47. 86 cautions have been dished out, 48 flashed at those wearing Claret and Amber.

    Four players have been sent off, two for ‘Well (Fraser Kerr and Keith Lasley in the same match against Killie in February 2013).

    McLean will be assisted by Sean Carr and Jordon Stokoe; with Alan Newlands on fourth official duties.

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

    Highlights from the Excelsior Stadium where the under 20s drew 0-0 with Dundee in the Development League.

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