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    Motherwell lose out at Rangers

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    Spartans trip for Well in SWPL1

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    Live commentary available from Ibrox

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    Get your tickets for Rangers trip

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    Opposition Report: A look at Rangers

  • First team

    Manager looks ahead to Rangers

  • Club

    Hospitality packages for Kilmarnock and Livingston

  • Club

    Have your Christmas party night with us

  • Women

    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

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    Next up: Rangers

  • First team

    Motherwell lose out at Rangers

    Despite a terrific performance both tactically and in terms of commitment, Motherwell failed to take a point from an absorbing encounter at Ibrox.

    Devante Cole’s 20th minute strike was just reward for Motherwell’s positive start and first half display. Jermaine Defoe grabbed the equaliser just prior to the half-time whistle, but that failed to deter the Steelmen, who were eventually beaten by Filip Helander’s headed winner 11 minutes from time.

    Much to their credit the Fir Park men failed to fold and ended the game pressing the home side for a deserved equaliser and a well earned point.

    Looking to reclaim third spot in the league Stephen Robinson made four changes from the side which lost to Aberdeen.

    Bevis Mugabi made his first start, and with Jake Carroll back from injury he formed a back five. Liam Donnelly, returning from suspension, was anchored in front of the back line providing ‘Well with a strong defensive unit to blunt a free scoring Rangers’ attack.

    However, at the other end of the park, and for the first time, the ‘Well boss opted to pair Christopher Long and Devante Cole in attack, in the hope of giving the home defence some problems of their own.

    As it tuned out the first couple of goal threats came from the visitors. With three minutes on the clock Long released Liam Grimshaw down the right flank and when his low cross was partially cleared the ball found Long but his curled effort flew over the crossbar.

    Two minutes later the former Blackpool striker was a couple of strides away from reaching Liam Polworth’s decisive through ball as Alan McGregor raced from his line to smother the threat.

    The home side had a couple of long range efforts off target as the ‘Well defence stood tall against a series of crosses.

    However, with 20 minutes played and just when the Ibrox fans thought their side was getting into its stride, the Fir Park men stunned them with the opening goal.

    Allan Campbell, who showed great tenacity at the edge of his own box to win a free kick, then popped up at the other end where his snap shot was blocked. With his back to goal Cole collected the loose ball tuned and from 15 yards drilled a low shot past the diving McGregor to give the Steelmen a lead to protect.

    Not surprisingly Rangers came surging forward in pursuit of a quick equaliser and within a couple of minutes there were two strong appeals for a penalty as they claimed the ball clattered off Peter Hartley’s and then Grimshaw’s arms. Mugabi, looking big and solid between Hartley and Declan Gallagher bravely charged down Greg Stewart’s powerful drive as the intensity around the visitor’s penalty area increased.

    Rangers were finally awarded a spot kick after 37 minutes. Heading for the byline, James Tavernier hit the ground as he nipped past Polworth much to the ‘Well man’s indignation. Despite the Fir Park players pleas to referee Andrew Dallas, the decision stood – only for Tavernier to smack the spot kick off the foot of the post.

    Three minutes from the break Steven Gerrard made an early change bringing on the highly rated Ryan Kent. And in injury time Rangers grabbed the equaliser, as ‘Well players again protested.

    As Donnelly claimed a foul, Jermaine Defoe headed towards the visitor’s box where he set up Scott Arfield. From 20 yards the Canadian’s thumping drive was beaten out by Mark Gillespie but only as far as Defoe, who from an angle, slammed the ball under the ‘keeper to make it all level at the interval.

    Ten minutes into the second half and with Rangers furiously pressing to take the lead, ‘Well made their first substitution Richard Tait replacing Carroll at left back.

    Campbell, thriving on the midfield action, shrugged off a couple of challenges but after a smart exchange with Cole he just failed to play the on loan Wigan striker in behind the home defence.

    Despite Rangers’ possession around the box, Gillespie was well protected until 62 minutes when he threw himself low to his left to push Tavernier’s angled shot beyond his post. A minute later Donnelly’s trip on Defoe 20 yards from goal presented Tavernier with another set piece but the full back fired the free kick over Gillespie’s bar.

    As the Ibrox side became increasingly frustrated as they failed to break through the organised and hard working ‘Well defence, the Steelmen had a great chance to score on the counter-attack.

    Campbell again did the spade work releasing Cole who carried the ball towards the Rangers’ box before playing in Long. Although the angle was tight he failed to test McGregor firing his shot into the side netting.

    With 20 minutes remaining and the frustrations extending to the home stands, Gerrard sent on top goal scorer Alfredo Morelos. ‘Well then made a positive change when Jermaine Hylton took over from the tiring Long.

    Morelos’ only chance came when he latched on to a though ball but closely marshalled by Hartley the Columbian’s touch was gathered by Gillespie.

    Rangers finally grabbed the eventual winner after 79 minutes. Helander threw himself in front of Mugabi to nod Tavernier’s corner beyond the diving Gillespie and inside the ‘keeper’s right had post.

    Sherwin Seedorf immediately replaced Mugabi as Motherwell pressed Rangers for the closing stages in search of an equaliser.

    With five minutes additional time indicated it was the Rangers’ fans who were disgruntled and screaming for the final whistle as the home side hung on to their slender lead.

    ‘Well now look to the visit of Kilmarnock on Wednesday to overtake the Ayrshire side and move back into third place.

  • Women

    Spartans trip for Well in SWPL1

    Spartans trip for Well in SWPL1

    It’s a trip to Edinburgh on Sunday for Motherwell in SWPL1, as Donald Jennow’s side take on near-challengers Spartans.

    After enduring defeat to Glasgow City in midweek as the league giants went for the win that would give them the title, the women of steel now face a side they’re chasing to try and finish above in the league.

    Kick-off is at 1pm at Ainslie Park. Adult entry is £5, concessions £3 and Under 16s go for free.

    LEAGUE POSITIONS

    Spartans – fifth in SWPL1 – 20 points

    Motherwell – sixth in SWPL1 – 18 points

    Head to head

    Motherwell are looking to claim back fifth spot in the league with a victory, albeit knowing their opponents still have two games in hand as the season races to its close.

    The two sides have faced each other five times since the first meeting in 2017, which finished 4-3 to Spartans in the SWPL Cup.

    Victory for then-second-tier Motherwell in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final last October was a hugely significant win for the team, setting up a place in the final against Hibernian.

    In the league this campaign, Spartans were 3-1 winners on Motherwell’s last trip east, with a 0-0 draw at Ravenscraig last time out.

    Spartans were also 5-0 SWPL Cup winners in Motherwell earlier this campaign.

    WHAT THEY SAID

    “This is a chance for us to put the disappointment of the last few weeks behind us and finish the season strongly,” head coach Jennow said.

    “We’ve had to come up against all of the top four in our last five matches, so we have to ensure that doesn’t take its toll.

    “Spartans are also strong, as we’ve found out this season. But we know realistically we need to get a positive result to have a chance of finishing above them in the table.”

  • First team

    Live commentary available from Ibrox

    Live commentary available from Ibrox

    Wherever you are, you can listen to live audio commentary from Rangers v Motherwell on Sunday.

    Priced at £5.99 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

    We’ve also got live streams of all Motherwell home matches – and the majority of away games – available to fans outside the UK/Ireland. Our trip to Ibrox is one of the few not covered.

    2019/20 Motherwell streaming service matches

    DateMatchService available
    27 October 2019Rangers v MotherwellLive audio only
    30 October 2019Motherwell v KilmarnockLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    2 November 2019Motherwell v LivingstonLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    10 November 2019Celtic v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    23 November 2019Hibernian v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    30 November 2019Motherwell v St JohnstoneLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    4 December 2019St Mirren v MotherwellLive audio only
    7 December 2019Motherwell v HeartsLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    15 December 2019Motherwell v RangersLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    21 December 2019Kilmarnock v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    26 December 2019Ross County v MotherwellLive audio only
    29 December 2019Motherwell v HamiltonLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    22 January 2020Aberdeen v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    25 January 2020Motherwell v HibernianLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    1 February 2020Livingston v MotherwellLive audio only
    5 February 2020Motherwell v CelticLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    12 February 2020St Johnstone v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    15 February 2020Motherwell v St MirrenLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    22 February 2020Hamilton v MotherwellLive audio only
    4 March 2020Motherwell v Ross CountyLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    7 March 2020Hearts v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    14 March 2020Motherwell v AberdeenLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    21 March 2020Motherwell v KilmarnockLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    4 April 2020Rangers v MotherwellLive audio only

     

  • First team

    Get your tickets for Rangers trip

    Get your tickets for Rangers trip

    Tickets are no longer available for our trip to face Rangers.

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

    Can’t make it? Listen live

    Wherever you are, you can listen to live audio commentary from Ibrox.

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  • First team

    Opposition Report: A look at Rangers

    Opposition Report: A look at Rangers

    Rangers lie in wait for Motherwell at Ibrox on Sunday in the Ladbrokes Premiership, as they return to league action after facing Porto in Europe on Thursday night.

    Here’s the lowdown on our opponents.

    The story so far

    Sitting joint top of the Premiership with Celtic, Steven Gerrard’s side are second solely on the count of scoring one goal less than Celtic. They are also in the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup, where they will face Hearts on 3 November.

    In Europe, they’ve won seven from 11 UEFA Europa League matches and drawn three, with the latest draw coming in an impressive 1-1 draw at Porto on Thursday night.

    Form guide

    With seven league wins from nine, Gerrard’s men are in ominous form.

    In all competitions, they’ve won nine of their last 10 matches at Ibrox, with their only blip coming in the 2-0 derby loss to Celtic in September.

    Their last domestic result was a 1-1 draw at Hearts last weekend.

    How they shaped up last time

    Three to watch

    Nikola Katic

    An integral part of the Rangers defence, Croatian internationalist Nikola Katic has built on the momentum from his strong finish to the 2018-19 season with some excellent displays at the beginning of the new campaign.

    Katic was recently rewarded with an extended contract until the summer of 2023 and speaking afterwards Gers boss Steven Gerrard hailed the 23-year-old as a player willing to put his body on the line for the cause.

    After having to watch on from the bench as Rangers earned a point against Porto on Thursday, Katic will be determined to return to the starting-eleven as the Ibrox side return their attentions to domestic matters against ‘Well.

    Ryan Jack

    Another player celebrating a new deal at Ibrox is Scotland midfielder Ryan Jack, who this week put pen to paper on a contract extension that will see him remain with Rangers until 2023.

    A leader in the middle of the park, Jack is closing in on 100 appearances in light blue after joining the club from Aberdeen in the summer of 2017 and has almost been a mainstay in the team since the arrival of Steven Gerrard one year later.

    Jack is second in the Scottish Premiership when it comes to progressive passing accuracy and he averages more attempted passes than any other player in the league.

    Alfredo Morelos

    On the back of scoring yet another goal in the Europa League, the hype surrounding Alfredo Morelos has rarely been higher.

    The Colombian took his goal brilliantly midweek and has been in fantastic form so far this season – netting 16 times in 21 appearances.

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson will be well aware of the importance of how important shutting out Morelos will be if his side are to upset the odds and leave Govan with a result on Sunday. The striker has scored on both occasions he has come up against Motherwell at Ibrox and will be determined to put the Steelmen to the sword again when the teams clash on Sunday.

  • First team

    Manager looks ahead to Rangers

    Stephen Robinson discussed the forthcoming clash with Rangers, the loss to Aberdeen and the difference between home and away form with the broadcast media on Thursday.

    Here’s what he had to say.

    On defeat to Aberdeen

    “Of course we were extremely disappointed. It was a an opportunity to maybe put a little bit of distance between us and Aberdeen.

    “People get frustrated. They voice their opinions. The problem is when expectations are risen, which they have massively, when you do lose then the downside of it is that the the criticism is harder.

    “But if you want to be up there and you want to be in the top reaches of the league you have to deal with that.

    “The players have to deal with that. I’ve warned them time and time again not to read social media and to concentrate on what we’re doing. Keep improving, keep learning and see where it take us.

    “Everyone’s dictated to by results. We get beat, we are rubbish. We win, we are brilliant.

    “That’s not the way I look at it. There’s lots of good positive aspects from that performance and we have to take the positive aspects and tighten up in the bits we got punished for.”

    On facing Rangers

    “There’s what you’re in football for. To go to Ibrox and Celtic Park and big venues like that in front of 50,000-60,000 people.

    “It gives people an opportunity. Every game gives you an opportunity to express yourself. Show how good a player you are.

    “Hopefully we can go and perform. We’ve been there a couple of times. I’ve got results in the past with teams. I’ve had bad experiences there as well. So we need every single player at the top of their game.

    “Last week we had four or five. I thought the boys on international duty came back a little bit jaded. A little bit sluggish. We need to be right at the top of our game to make sure we get something out of it.”

    On positive away form

    “We’ve had a terrific away record. You know we hit teams on the counter, with a lot of pace. All of the forward players have got a lot of pace and it causes teams problems.

    “We’ve struggled a little bit more at home because teams have come in and sat in. It’s very difficult to break teams down and teams have done that.

    “We have to be clever of that at home. But certainly we go with a lot of confidence away from home.”

  • Club

    Hospitality packages for Kilmarnock and Livingston

    Hospitality packages for Kilmarnock and Livingston

    There’s still time to secure one of our great hospitality deals for our forthcoming Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures with Kilmarnock and Livingston.

    You can buy online right now for Kilmarnock on Wednesday, 30 October, and Livingston on Saturday, 2 November. Alternatively, phone our hospitality team on 01698 338012.

    Centenary Suite

    A two-course meal with half-time refreshments served within our Centenary Suite with main stand seating and a pay bar for £80 per person, or £45 per person for season ticket holders. A fully-inclusive bar is also available for £120 per person.

    South Stand Boxes

    Inclusive bar with two-course meal and half-time snacks with indoor seating for £70 per person for our beer and wine package, or £90 for our spirits, beer and wine package.

    Davie Cooper Boxes

    View the match from the comfort of one of our boxes at the top of the Davie Cooper Stand. With access to the Cooper Bar before and after the match, and half-time refreshments, tea, coffee, pies and cakes, our deal is available for £50 per person.

    If you’re a season ticket holder, you can upgrade for £40 per person.

    Millennium Suite

    Enjoy hot snacks with half-time refreshments with main stand seating for £75 per person, with an inclusive bar one hour before and one hour following the match. We also have an offer for Under 18s priced at £30.

    The dress code for all areas is smart, with no jeans, trainers or colours. To book, please phone our hospitality team on 01698 338012 or book online at tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk.

  • Club

    Have your Christmas party night with us

    Have your Christmas party night with us

    There’s still time to have your Christmas party night with us at Fir Park.

    Our party night packages are hugely popular and are selling fast.

    This year’s Christmas party nights will be held at Fir Park on 30 November, as well as 6, 7, 13 and 14 December.

    Priced at £35 per person, our fantastic package includes a three course meal and live DJ.

    There is also a VIP package on request which will be priced at £80, which includes complimentary beer, wine and spirits (gin, vodka and whisky only).

    For more information or to book, get in touch with our hospitality team today on events@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 333333.

    Our £35 nights on 7 and 14 December are sold out, so don’t miss out on our other available dates.

    SPECIAL 80S THEME CHRISTMAS NIGHT

    In addition, we’ve also got three special 80s theme nights on 30 November, as well as 7 and 14 December.

    Due to demand, we’ve increased the number of dates.

    Priced at £25 per person, you’ll get a hot buffet, welcome drink and be able to dance away with a live DJ.

    For more information or to book, get in touch with our hospitality team today on events@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 333333.

  • Women

    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

    A run of difficult SWPL1 matches for Motherwell continues on Wednesday night, as Glasgow City are the opponents for Donald Jennow’s side.

    The match at Wishaw Sports Centre kicks off at 7.30pm.

    The form guide

    Motherwell are on a run of four defeats, albeit against challenging opposition.

    Back-to-back league and Scottish Cup semi-final defeats to high-flying Hibernian were followed up by a narrow away loss at Rangers, and then defeat at the hands of Celtic away at the weekend.

    The women of steel started the second half of the season in scintillating form, winning five and drawing one, and are looking for a way to return to that form.

    Glasgow City need little introduction, as the perennial champions. A 32nd straight league victory on Wednesday night would land them the title and would maintain a 100% record in the league season, with three games to spare.

    With 81 league goals scored and six conceded, the leaders are also involved in UEFA Women’s Champions League action currently, holding a 2-0 away win aggregate lead over Brondby ahead of the second leg of the last 16 next week.

    Head to head

    The two teams have faced once earlier this season, with Glasgow City 8-0 home winners in April.

    Another away trip lies in wait on 17 November in the final game of the league season.

    Manager mindful of test ahead

    “Facing Glasgow City is obviously a huge task for any team in this league,” head coach Donald Jennow said.

    “We have to go into the match with a positive mindset. We are prepared for what they’ll throw at us, and it’s important we stick to what we’ve discussed and see where it takes us.”

    Match programme

  • First team

    Next up: Rangers

    Next up: Rangers

    A trip to Ibrox to take on Rangers lies in wait on Sunday.

    With Steven Gerrard’s side in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday night, the first trip to Glasgow of the season has been put back 24 hours. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Tale of the tape

    It’s second versus third, with Rangers losing top spot over the weekend as Celtic beat Ross County, and they drew 1-1 at Hearts.

    That draw ended a run of four straight wins on league business, allowing Celtic to jump ahead on goals scored.

    Motherwell’s 3-0 home loss to Aberdeen at the weekend chipped away at the advantage held in third spot, with Aberdeen now just a point behind.

    Nevertheless, the Steelmen have still won five of their last seven league outings.

    Head to head

    Rangers have won three of the last five encounters between the two sides, with two high-scoring draws at Fir Park making up the other results.

    Motherwell’s last league point at Ibrox was gained back in April 2017, with Louis Moult netting early in a 1-1 draw.

    The Steelmen’s last victory in the south side of Glasgow of course came in May 2015, with Lee Erwin, Stephen McManus and Lionel Ainsworth netting in the 3-1 Premiership play-off victory.

    Ticket information

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office, and must be purchased in advance.

    Adult£29
    Over 65s / 16-17 year olds£22
    Under 16s£11

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

    Can’t make it? Listen live

    Wherever you are, you can listen to live audio commentary from Ibrox.

    Priced at £5.99 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.