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    TV: Highlights from Hampden

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    Semi-final win in pictures

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    Robinson: Richly deserved for the club

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    Rangers 0 – 2 Motherwell

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    Build-up: Betfred Cup semi-final

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    Important travel information

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    Semi-Final Steelmen – Part Three

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    Supporter bus information

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    McHugh: Hard work has been key

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    Countdown to Hampden

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    TV: Highlights from Hampden

    Highlights from Hampden where a Louis Moult double secured the Steelmen’s place in the Betfred Cup final.

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    Semi-final win in pictures

    Images from this afternoon’s win over Rangers at Hampden Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Robinson: Richly deserved for the club

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson reflected on a hard-fought semi-final victory over Rangers, and admitted it was “richly deserved” for the football club. 

    The Northern Irishman has now notched his 12th domestic victory of the season in 16 games, steering the Steelmen in to the Betfred Cup final.

    Speaking to MFC TV, a delighted Robinson dedicated the “little day of success” to the club, supporters and players as he quickly turned his sights to Wednesday night’s league clash with Dundee.

    [pullquote]There’s a lot of people who’ve been here a lot longer than me that richly deserve this little day of success. Hopefully we’ll give them something to cheer about again in the final.[/pullquote]

    “We’re delighted for the football club. As I’ve said in our previous interview there’s been a lot of dark times and hard times at this football club and there’s a lot of people who’ve been here a lot longer than me that richly deserve this little day of success. Hopefully we’ll give them something to cheer about again in the final.

    “In truth I don’t think we played very well in the first half and I thought our ball retention was poor. Cédric took about half an hour to get in to the game as he came down with an illness last night but we pushed him to play and he did and he grew in to the game.”

    He added: “Louis’ second goal was even better from where I was sitting but thankfully I won’t be watching it from there every week, but it was a fantastic goal – top, top class and deserves to win any game.”

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    Rangers 0 – 2 Motherwell

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    Phil McGhee at Hampden Park

    Stephen Robinson’s team created history with a first cup win over Rangers in over a half a century.

    And his recently assembled squad is now one hurdle away from becoming Motherwell legends when they head back to Hampden to face Celtic in the final of the Betfred Cup at the end of November.

    Louis Moult might have been the goal hero with a second half double but every player in claret and amber had a starring role as ‘Well tamed and overcame a more fancied Rangers.

    Despite a lengthy history of disappointing cup experiences at the hands of the Ibrox side, the huge ‘Well support travelled to Hampden with a genuine belief that a long overdue win was achievable.

    And following a slow start, the fans’ faith was repaid as the Steelmen controlled the final 15 minutes to signal wild celebrations at the final whistle.

    In a frenetic and physical opening, Rangers tried to hold possession while ‘Well opted to go directly from the back hoping to find Moult and Ryan Bowman. Subsequently, neither ‘keeper was troubled although most of the play was towards Trevor Carson’s goal.

    The first real chance though came ‘Well’s way after 12 minutes when a great interception by Cédric Kipré sent Alan Campbell scurrying towards the Gers’ goal but with support on either side of him the midfielder blasted his shot high over the bar.

    At the other end, a slip by Kirpe presented Alfredo Morelos with a chance but he dragged his effort well wide of Carson’s goal.

    It was on the half hour mark before the ‘Well ‘keeper made the first save of the game. After some desperate defending to ward off a series of tempting crosses from Daniel Candeias, Carson comfortably held Josh Windass’ low drive.

    From then until half-time, though, it was the Fir Park men who looked the more likely to make the breakthrough.

    Moult’s appeals for a penalty when his shot clattered off Declan John were waved aside but Chris Cadden played on forcing a good save from Jak Alnwick.

    Five minutes later and still recovering from a whack to the head, Moult’s deflected shot bounced narrowly past the post. With the striker off receiving treatment, Cadden whipped the corner into the six yard box and as Gers’ failed to clear the loose ball, Kipre hammered in a shot which was blocked on the line by Ryan Jack. As Peter Hartley waited to ram home the rebound, Alnwick made a terrific save to scoop the ball away from the defender’s boot.

    While ‘Well should have been ahead at the break only a brilliant stop from Carson standing strong to block Windass prevented Rangers from opening the scoring five minutes into the second half.

    However, it was ‘Well who broke the deadlock a minute later when the Gers’ defence was breached at the third time of asking

    Cadden’s corner to the back post was met by Hartley and after his header crashed off the bar, Moult’s header from the rebound was nodded on to the bar by Jack but Moult made sure lifting the ball high into the net to send the Motherwell fans wild.

    Bowman’s challenge with Fabio Cardoso resulted in a touch line skirmish between the managers with both being forced to watch the remainder of the game from the stand.

    With Keith Lasley left in the technical area, ‘Well made their first change in the 71st minute with Gael Bigirimana replacing the hard running Campbell. But before he could bring his calm influence to the game ‘Well had doubled their lead and the grip on the game.

    And it was a goal worthy of winning any cup tie. Charles Dunne clipped a long ball between Bruno Alves and Moult and before the Portuguese internationalist could react the Fir Park ace delicately hoisted the ball over the stranded Alnwick and under the ‘keeper’s bar for a finish of the highest quality.

    That sent the ‘Well fans into ecstasy and with 16 minutes still remaining knocked the stuffing out of the Ibrox side.

    While in previous encounters a Motherwell side might have buckled, Robinson’s men were resolute in defending their lead until the end with Carson required to make only one superb full length save from Morelos and earn himself another clean sheet and Motherwell a cup final place.

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     Alastair Reilly at Hampden Park

     

    FT: Rangers 0 – 2 Motherwell

    @louismoult’s double sends the Steelmen into the final!!! COYW!!!!!!

    FULL TIME!!!!

    90+2′ | 0-2
    Cadden booked. Clearly frustrated as McCrorie went down easily.

    90′ | 0-2
    There will be four minutes added on.

    90′ | 0-2
    Motherwell sub, Bowman off for Fisher.

    85′ | 0-2
    Sensational save by Carson to deny Herrera!

    82′ | 0-2
    Decent chance for Bowman as he takes the ball down on his chest but he volleys well over the bar

    74′ | 0-2
    WHAT A GOAL!! Dunne’s ball over the top is incredibly clipped over Alnwick by MOULT!!!

    GGGOOOAALLLL!!!!!

    72′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, Bigirimana on for Campbell

    66′ | 0-1
    Both managers sent to the stand after a bit of a stramash following Cardoso leaving the pitch with a blood injury

    62′ | 0-1
    Ball is pulled back to the edge of the area where Candeias is lurking but he fires wildly over the bar.

    61′ | 0-1
    Campbell gets down the left but his cross/shot is gathered by Alnwick.

    60′ | 0-1
    Rangers sub, Pena off for Nemane

    58′ | 0-1
    Morelos booked after bundling Campbell over in the centre of the park.

    56′ | 0-1
    Alves plays his ‘keeper into danger with a short back pass but Bowman is just beaten to the ball.

    52′ | 0-1
    The Steelmen have the breakthrough!! Deep corner to Hartley which bounces around the box and is eventually hammered home by MOULT!

    GGGOOOAAALLLL!!!

    51′ | 0-0
    Great chance for Rangers as the ball breaks to Windass inside the box but he stabs his effort straight at Carson

    50′ | 0-0
    Morelos’ cross into the box finds Pena but he heads well wide of the post.

    49′ | 0-0
    Hartley covers well, getting across the box the block at the feet of Morelos.

    McHugh gets the second 45 underway. COYW!!!

    HT: Rangers 0 – 0 Motherwell

    There will be one minute added on.

    42′ | 0-0
    Rangers counter a Motherwell corner which leads to John heading inches past the post.

    39′ | 0-0
    Moult currently receiving treatment for a blood injury after taking an elbow off Cardoso.

    39′ | 0-0
    Close! Moult’s shot from range is deflected wide for a corner… Kipré’s shot is cleared off the line by Jack!!

    36′ | 0-0
    Dangerous free-kick to Rangers after Tavernier trips himself up…..headed just wide by Alves.

    34′ | 0-0
    Alnwick is forced into a fine stop by Cadden, whose curling shot from inside the box looked goalbound.

    32′ | 0-0
    Windass with plenty of time and space to settle himself inside the box but he fires straight at Carson.

    31′ | 0-0
    Two chances there for Rangers but a combination of Hartley and McHugh leaves Carson untested.

    28′ | 0-0
    Candeias swings in a good ball but Carson is off his line quickly and punches clear.

    26′ | 0-0
    Harlety booked as his trailing foot catches Morelos and causes him to crumple to the ground.

    24′ | 0-0
    Rangers fans irate as Morelos goes down but Dunne got the vital touch on the ball

    23′ | 0-0
    Half chance for Bowman has he breaks away down the left but as he cuts inside he is crowded out and the chance is gone.

    20′ | 0-0
    Kipré can’t quite get enough on his header which allows Morelos in but thankfully he fires wide with his left foot

    17′ | 0-0
    Kipré clips a ball u to Moult which he takes in well but on the spin he can’t trouble Alnwick with his shot.

    13′ | 0-0
    Kipré dispossesses Jack in an advanced position which allows Campbell some time to drive forward but he shoots well over.

    7′ | 0-0
    Bowman booked for a flailing arm which caught Cardoso on the face.

    1′ | 0-0
    Early chance for Rangers as Windass gets on the end of flick-on but his shot is comfortable for Carson.

    Rangers get the action underway. COYW!!!!

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    Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha

     

     

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    Build-up: Betfred Cup semi-final

    As the Steelmen ready themselves for Sunday’s semi-final showdown with Rangers, we take a look ahead to one of the biggest games of the 2017/18 campaign so far.

    Six games, 18 goals, ten different goal scorers and hard-work and determination have led Stephen Robinson’s side to the last four of the league cup, with one hurdle separating the Fir Parkers from the final.

    It will be a second encounter with Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers outfit this term following the narrow 2-1 loss on the opening game of the league campaign.

    And with just a point separating the Ibrox outfit in third from Motherwell in fourth, Sunday’s encounter will be a hard-fought encounter between the two clubs.

    However, with a lot of attention building around the Rangers camp, Robinson’s men have been billed as somewhat underdogs this weekend.

    But no one is writing off the Fir Parkers, and Robinson revealed the mentality among his squad on the build-up to the match in Glasgow.

    “I don’t think you can play it down, it’s a big game for us and it’s one that we’re very much going to enjoy and we’ll enjoy the occasion,” the manager said.

    “Playing-wise, I’ve never enjoyed a game that I’ve lost so our intention is to go there and make sure that we come out with a result.”

    He added: “It would be huge for the football club because there have been a lot of years that we’ve spent fighting relegation and that’s all the fans have looked forward to.

    [pullquote]Playing-wise, I’ve never enjoyed a game that I’ve lost so our intention is to go there and make sure that we come out with a result.[/pullquote]

    “So a trip to Hampden, which we’re hoping to make sure isn’t the last one of our season, will hopefully give [the supporters] something to really shout about.

    “Rangers are a big club with some big players, but we’ll concentrate very much on ourselves.”

    And skipper Carl McHugh echoed his manager’s sentiments, admitting the progress at Motherwell this term has come from hard work.

    The Irishman spoke to the press at Hampden ahead of the showdown with Rangers, and the captain admitted he “can’t wait” to vie for a place in the final.

    But he also added that him and his teammates are making sure to take one game at a time, with the focus now fully on Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers.

    He said: “We’re all looking forward to it now and we’ve worked hard to get this far in the cup. It all started back here [at Hampden] in the group stages so we can’t wait to get going.

    “It’s been a positive atmosphere [among the squad] and we’re on the back of a few good results and that’s what we’ve done well this year – just taken it one game at a time.”

    He added: “We’ve got full belief in ourselves and we know how we play, we know what we’re good at and everyone in the squad and at the club works hard from top to bottom and that’s been what’s got us our success this season – we just have to keep going and take it one game at a time.”

    Robinson will have a near full strength squad to pick from on Sunday, with Ellis Plummer and George Newell likely to be the only two struggling for fitness.

    Pedro Caixinha is also close to having a fully fit first-team squad – with Lee Wallace and Jordan Rossiter close to returning from long-term injuries, whilst Niko Kranjcar, Danny Wilson and David Bates all returned to training for the Ibrox outfit recently. Kenny Miller could also be set for a return.

     Rangers V Motherwell
     Sunday 22nd October 2017
     2.30pm
     Hampden Park, Glasgow
     On sale from the Fir Park ticket office.


    Prices

    Motherwell FC has been allocated over 10,000 seats with the option for more if required, with prices set at:

    East Stand
    Adults: £25
    Concessions*: £10
    Wheelchair User Adult: £10
    Wheelchair User Concession: £5

    South Stand
    Lower Section J1: £35
    Lower Section I: £30
    Wheelchair User Adult: £15
    Wheelchair User Concession: £5

    *Concessions are listed as Over 65s and Under 16s.

    Hospitality packages are now SOLD OUT.

    Ticket office opening hours
    Friday: 9-4
    Saturday: 10-2

    If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t miss the action by tuning in to mixlr.com/motherwellfc for live commentary or follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC

    You can see the match highlights on MFC TV’s YouTube channel, as well as full reaction and a match report right here on the official website.

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    Important travel information

    Ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final clash with Rangers, there is some important travel information for ‘Well fans heading to Hampden Park.

     

    At Fir Park
    Please keep the following areas clear of parked cars
    Dalziel Drive
    Knowetop Avenue
    Fir Park Street
    Edward Street and Manse Road from the junction of Edward Street to Manse Road
    Finlay Street (please note there is a functional hospital off Finlay Street that NHS personnel and vistors need to access)There will be no available parking in or around the stadium match day car parks.

    This is to facilitate the bus parking from Motherwell FC.

     

    GETTING TO HAMPDEN

    Hampden Map

    Public Transport
    By train, travel to Kings Park station.
     Click here for train time tables and routes.
    By bus, from Glasgow and surrounding areas.
     Click here for bus time tables and routes.


    Alternatively,  click here for Hampden Park’s travel information.

     

    By car
    Parking controls will be in operation.
     Click here for more information on parking controls.
    The Queens Park Recreation Ground, Queens Drive, Glasgow, will not be available for use at this fixture.

     

    MAJOR ROADWORKS – AIKENHEAD ROAD.

    • There will be major roadworks taking place on Aikenhead Road between the entrance to the purple car park and Curling Crescent.
    • These road works will see the road reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic lights. Congestion and delays expected.
    • We ask that supporters plan ahead, utilise public transport where possible and arrive in plenty of time.

     


    WHEN YOU GET TO HAMPDEN

    Hampden Map

     

    • Please note that enhanced search arrangements will be in place at this fixture. This additional safety measure has the potential to delay entry into the ground so fans are strongly encouraged to get to the Stadium as early as possible. Turnstiles will be open 1 ½ hours before kick-off i.e. 1.00pm.
    • Motherwell fans in blocks G1 and G2 should enter via turnstiles 70-79 and not the turnstiles indicated on their ticket.

    UNACCEPTIBLE BEHAVIOUR 

    • Supporters are reminded that this is a neutral venue and as such the individual clubs will be held responsible to repair or pay for any damage caused by their own supporters.
    • Supporters are also reminded that there is no alcohol allowed on any bus. The driver and the organiser will be charged if alcohol is found on any bus.
    • The use of pyro technics are not allowed in any football stadium. Hampden park has sophisticated CCTV which will identify any individual discharging a pyro technic. They will be arrested and subject to a football banning order.
    • Supporters are reminded that acts of unacceptable behaviour could ultimately get the club cited to appear before the SPFL and could end up with the club being fined and supporters being banned from football matches.

    FLAGS AND BANNERS

    • Supporters are reminded that all flags and banner will be checked for any unacceptable mesasages
    • Steward will advise on the placement of large flags and banners
    • Surfing flags are not allowed

     

    NOTES FOR BUS DRIVERS AND PRIVATE TRANSPORT

    M74 Northbound: Exit the M74 at Junction 1A (Polmadie). Turn left onto Polmadie Road, continue to junction with Aikenhead Road, continue south onto Aikenhead Road, stay in the right hand lane and continue through the junction with Prospecthill Road where your coach will be directed to park in the purple car park.

    A bus pass for the purple car park will be required for entry.

    Buses entering the car park must enter no later than 90 minutes prior to kick off.

    Those without a pass will be directed to park on Calder Street after exiting the M74 as directed by police motorcycles.

    M74 Southbound: Exit the M74 at Junction 1A (Polmadie). Turn right onto Polmadie Road, turn right onto Calder Street, where your coach will be directed to park.

    M80 Southbound: Exit towards M73 Junction 3 (Mollinsburn) and continue south. At Junction 1 join the M74 north and follow the above route.

    M8 Eastbound: Continue on the M8 to junction 1 of the M74, (offside lane). Exit the M74 at Junction 1A (Polmadie) and follow the route above.

    M8 Westbound: Exit the M8 at junction 20 (nearside lane), merge onto West Street, turn left into Wallace Street, keep left to continue on Dalintober Street, merge onto M74, exit the M74 at junction 1 (Polmadie) and follow the route above.

    A8 Westbound: Continue onto the M8 to Junction 8 (Baillieston) and join the M73 southbound. Thereafter take the offside lane to join the M74 and follow the above route.

    PRIVATE TRANSPORT

    Designated Parking on EAST SIDE of Stadium only for Motherwell supporters:

    Motherwell supporters attending in private vehicles should follow the directions given for Motherwell supporter’s coaches above, and utilise on street parking where available to the East of the stadium.

    A car park pass will be required for entry to the Red, Yellow & Purple car parks; those without a pass should utilise on street parking where available.

    Any vehicles entering the stadium car parks, must enter no later than 60 minutes prior to kick off.

    Parking is controlled on match day and supporters should refer to nearby signage for direction re parking. As a result, there is limited parking available in the vicinity of the stadium; supporters are encouraged to travel via train where possible.

    POST MATCH ROUTES FOR MOTHERWELL SUPPORTERS FROM THE EAST OF THE STADIUM

    After the event, coaches in Polmadie Road and coaches facing south in Aikenhead Road, should follow the reverse of the routes shown above.

    Coaches parked facing north in Aikenhead Road should continue north on Aikenhead Road, turn right into Cathcart Road, then turn right into Caledonia Road to the roundabout junction, turn right onto The Boulevard, continue to the roundabout junction, turn left onto Kilbride Street, continue to the traffic light junction, turn right onto Polmadie Road and join M74 junction 1A.

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    Semi-Final Steelmen – Part Three

    Tommy McLean’s side were improving year on year under his command and there was a definite feeling amongst supporters that the team was building towards something special. It came in 1991.

    Aberdeen were beaten at Pittodrie for the first time in decades before hard fought victories over First Division sides Falkirk and Morton, which went all the way to a penalty shoot-out, pitched Motherwell against Celtic in the semi-final.

    ‘Well had already beaten Celtic twice in season 1990’91, including a 2-1 win just three days before the Hampden encounter, so a match-up against the Hoops held few fears. In a tousy clash, Iain Ferguson came closest to separating the sides when his venomous effort crashed off the woodwork (those Hampden posts again!) but the match would end in stalemate forcing a replay a week later.

    Motherwell were immediately written off. “Celtic don’t lose replays” they all said. But they were wrong!

    In an epic encounter, Celtic went ahead and ‘Well desperately struggled to stay in touch. Out of the blue, Dougie Arnott equalised but by the break the Parkhead side lead once more. Into the second half and Arnott netted his second of the night with momentum swinging completely Motherwell’s way. Colin O’Neill sent the Motherwell support wild with the goal of his life, rifling home from all of 40 yards, before Stevie Kirk put the seal on things in the dying moments with a deft finish to see the Steelmen into their first Scottish Cup Final for almost 40 years.

    The events of 18th May 1991 remain etched in the memory of all fortunate enough to be present at what was heralded as the greatest ever Scottish Cup Final. As per the semi-final just a few weeks earlier it was another Hampden classic with Iain Ferguson heading Motherwell ahead only for Dundee Utd to level. Goals from Phil O’Donnell and Ian Angus appeared to put ‘Well on easy street but of course goalkeeper Ally Maxwell was suffering from what was later discovered to be a ruptured spleen and back came the Terrors to reduce the deficit then level in injury time. Step forward super-sub Stevie Kirk to head home Motherwell’s winner in extra-time leaving Tom Boyd’s last duty as Motherwell captain to lift the Cup aloft to the ecstatic Motherwell supporters after the 4-3 victory.

    It would be more than a decade before the club would enjoy another Cup run of note when season 02’03 provided a hugely enjoyable run to the Scottish Cup semi-final for Terry Butcher’s youthful side. The run was only ended at the semi-final stage by Rangers who narrowly triumphed 4-3 with Motherwell having been 2-1 ahead and passing up a great opportunity to go 3-1 up before the interval.

    Butcher’s side would go one better two years later making it to the final of the League Cup where again Rangers awaited. Having seen off Morton, Inverness and Livingston, all away from home, ‘Well were drawn to face Hearts in the semi-final.

    With the tie scheduled to be played in the capital, there was an extra sense of motivation for all at Fir Park and the Steelmen roared out the traps going ahead through Stephen Craigan. Richie Foran’s penalty with around fifteen minutes left appeared to put ‘Well on the cusp of a Hampden final, but goals in the 85th and 90th minute from the Gorgie side took the tie to extra-time.

    Somehow the Motherwell side managed to conjure up some extra reserves of courage and energy and refused to buckle under the onslaught by Hearts during the additional thirty-minutes. With time almost up and penalties looking inevitable, the game had a sting in the tale for the Tynecastle side when Marc Fitzpatrick burst through to score a dramatic 120th minute winner – sparking wild scenes of jubilation amongst the 5,000 or so ‘Well fans who had made it to Easter Road.

    Perhaps the least said about the Final itself the better!

    The following season also saw the Steelmen make it to the semi-final stages of the League Cup and lead through Richie Foran’s early goal. Sadly the tie would drift away from the Fir Parkers who, in another echo from the past, went out through a late goal that came following a rarely penalised free-kick inside the box for a pass-back.

    Taking over from Craig Brown, Stuart McCall found himself in the rather fortunate position of having a League Cup semi-final to negotiate just a couple of weeks into his tenure. Whilst the tie against Rangers narrowly went against his side, it prepared them perfectly for a return to the national stadium later that same season in the Scottish Cup.

    Dundee, Stranraer and Scottish Cup holders Dundee Utd were beaten as Motherwell made it through to face to St Johnstone at Hampden.

    Even the most optimistic of Motherwell fans couldn’t have imagined the start of the semi-final going as it did with Stephen Craigan heading home after just five minutes, a wonderful run and finish from Jamie Murphy and a volley from John Sutton putting ‘Well 3-0 up at half-time.

    Will we ever see the likes again?

    The Steelmen comfortably saw out time to make it through to face Celtic, but once more another final against the Parkhead side would end in disappointment.

    Let’s add a new story of success this coming Sunday!

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    Supporter bus information

    For all supporters travelling with the club to the semi-final, we will have official car parking in the Purple Car Park at Hampden.

    The Cooper Bar will open at 11am on Sunday for food and drink and will be open to all supporters travelling on club buses. For access, please show your bus ticket.

    To create more space and allow more fans to join us at the pre-match party, we will have an additional bar area to the back of the Cooper Bar selling bottles and draft only.

    Fans purchasing from this bar will have access to the Cooper concourse area to enjoy their drink.

    Weather permitting, fans will be able to drink outside the Cooper concourse entrance too. Supporters will be able to consume alcohol within the footprint of the stadium. (It is an offence to consume drink outside the footprint of the stadium on the public footpaths, roads and also on the buses).

    Kiosk 7 will be open and serving food, confectionery, soft drinks and hot drinks in this area.

    Buses will leave in order of bus number from 12.20 at the bottom of Knowetop Avenue. Again, please show your bus ticket to gain access to your bus. Supporters must travel on the same bus to and from Hampden.

    The Cooper Bar will reopen post-match.

    We have limited bus tickets remaining so please contact us today on 01698 333 333 to book. Only £8pp.

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    McHugh: Hard work has been key

    ‘Well skipper Carl McHugh hailed the hard-work around the club as he turned his sights to Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final.

    The Irishman spoke to the press at Hampden this afternoon ahead of the showdown with Rangers, and the captain admitted he “can’t wait” to vie for a place in the final.

    But he also added that him and his teammates are making sure to take one game at a time, with the focus now fully on Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers.

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    “We’re all looking forward to it now and we’ve worked hard to get this far in the cup. It all started back here [at Hampden] in the group stages so we can’t wait to get going,” McHugh said.

    “It’s been a positive atmosphere [among the squad] and we’re on the back of a few good results and that’s what we’ve done well this year – just taken it one game at a time.”

    He added: “We’ve got full belief in ourselves and we know how we play, we know what we’re good at and everyone in the squad and at the club works hard from top to bottom and that’s been what’s got us our success this season – we just have to keep going and take it one game at a time.”

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    Countdown to Hampden

    There are just three days to go until the Steelmen travel to Hampden for the Betfred Cup semi-final!

    And ‘Well fans can buy and collect their tickets for the showdown now, with the Fir Park Ticket Office open until 6pm tonight (Thursday).

    After a convincing 3-0 win over last years runners-up Aberdeen, supporters will be eagerly awaiting Sunday’s clash with Rangers at the National Stadium.

    Join us in counting down the days until one of the biggest games of the season so far, and don’t forget you can get your travel tickets now too, with exclusive and official Hampden parking for just £8. Only one bus left!

    The Cooper Bar with an additional bar and extended concourse drinking area will be open on Sunday ahead of the match at 11am, with last orders at 12.30 and buses due to leave at 12.45. Please show your bus ticket to gain entry.

    Buses will be lined up in numerical order from the bottom of Knowetop Avenue with the Double Decker buses at the end.

    Please show your bus ticket to gain access to your bus. Supporters must travel on the same bus to and from Hampden.

    The Cooper Bar will reopen post-match.

    Prices
    Motherwell FC has been allocated over 10,000 seats with the option for more if required, with prices set at:

    East Stand
    Adults: £25
    Concessions*: £10
    Wheelchair User Adult: £10
    Wheelchair User Concession: £5

    South Stand
    Lower Section J1: £35
    Lower Section I: £30
    Wheelchair User Adult: £15
    Wheelchair User Concession: £5
    *Concessions are listed as Over 65s and Under 16s.

    Hospitality packages are now SOLD OUT.

    Ticket Office opening hours
    Thursday: 9-6
    Friday: 9-4
    Saturday: 10-2