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  • First team

    Opposition Report: A look at Rangers

  • Women

    Motherwell to open SWPL1 season at Forfar

  • First team

    ‘We need everyone at the top of their game’

  • First team

    Buy your Rangers tickets early

  • Club

    Donate to Mission Christmas

  • Club

    Grab a hospitality deal for Rangers visit

  • First team

    Next up: Rangers

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Hearts

  • First team

    Manager: ‘We earned the win’

  • First team

    Motherwell claim third straight win

  • First team

    Opposition Report: A look at Rangers

    Opposition Report: A look at Rangers

    Rangers are the visitors to Fir Park on Sunday in a televised Ladbrokes Premiership victory.

    Steven Gerrard’s side were pushed all the way at Ibrox in the first meeting between the two sides earlier in the season, eventually winning 2-1 through a late set play.

    The story so far

    Two points off the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership, Rangers are pushing all the way to end Celtic’s dominance over the title.

    A long run of wins earlier in the campaign – with 23 victories from 33 competitive games so far – has showcased their ability to challenge at the top, even if recent form has taken a minor dip.

    Form guide

    The last five games, on paper, suggest a downturn in fortunes. With one win, three draws and one defeat, it’s a dip compared to five wins in the previous block.

    But for context, two draws have come in Europe, including the hugely impressive 2-2 draw at Feyenoord. A 2-2 draw at Aberdeen was the first blip the Glasgow side properly encountered on league business, while the defeat came in the Betfred Cup final after a strong attacking performance.

    Three to watch

    Ryan Jack

    Over the past year, Ryan Jack has developed into one of the most influential and consistent performers in the Rangers team.

    After his excellent showing in Rangers’ 4-0 win at Ross County at the end of October, Steven Gerrard hailed Jack as a real leader and emphasised he was a great example for the rest of the Rangers squad.

    In recent weeks the midfielder has started to address what could be described as a glaring omission from his game – contributing four goals in his last four Scottish Premiership appearances.

    Ryan Kent

    The £7m deadline-day signing of Ryan Kent from Liverpool was seen as a big statement of intent ahead of Rangers’ attempts to deny Celtic their ninth successive league title.

    Kent enjoyed an excellent season on loan at Ibrox last season, making 43 appearances and scoring six goals. He ended the campaign by winning the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year Award and was also nominated for the main award too.

    An injury sustained in his first match since making his move to Glasgow a permanent one ruled him out of action for a month, though on his return the Oldham-born winger has shown the qualities that helped him firmly establish himself as a fan favourite in his first year with the club – most notably netting a double in the 3-1 success at Hamilton.

    Alfredo Morelos

    Last Sunday may have been a day to forget for Alfredo Morelos, but it should take little away from what has been a storming first half of the season for the Colombian striker.

    The 23-year-old missed a hatful of gilt-edged chances and from the penalty spot as his record of never having netted against Celtic continued. But it still demonstrated his new found maturity this term, alongside his relentless movement, power and a killer touch in front of goal.

    Morelos has been prolific in front of goal both in domestic and European competition this season. He has found the net on 25 occasions in 31 appearances to close in on Marco Negri’s record of 33 goals before the New Year.

    Get your tickets in advance

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office.

    Adult£30 / £23
    Over 60s / 16-18s / full-time students£21 / £19
    Under 15s£3
    One adult and two kids£34 / £27

    Cheaper price applies to John Hunter stand for home supporters. Rangers fans should contact their club direct for tickets.

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

    Can’t make it? Watch or listen live

    If you’re outside the UK/Ireland, you can watch Motherwell v Rangers and the majority of our Ladbrokes Premiership games this season on our live streaming service.

    Priced at £12 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

  • Women

    Motherwell to open SWPL1 season at Forfar

    Motherwell to open SWPL1 season at Forfar

    Motherwell will kick off the 2020 Scottish Women’s Premier League season at Forfar Farmington.

    After securing top-flight status last campaign after promotion the season prior, Station Park will be the first venue of the new year on Sunday, 23 February.

    A home match with Hibernian will then follow on Sunday, 15 March at Ravenscraig.

  • First team

    ‘We need everyone at the top of their game’

    Stephen Robinson spoke about form, past performances and managing expectations ahead of the visit of Rangers to Fir Park on Sunday.

    Here’s what he said to the broadcast media.

    On facing Rangers

    “It’s a fantastic game to be involved in. I say every time we play these big games, it’s why you’re in football.

    “There will be a big atmosphere. Big crowd. Live on TV. Against a very, very good Rangers side.”

    On Rangers playing in Europe on Thursday night

    “I don’t think there’s any advantage. When you look at the level of players Rangers have and the players they have on their bench that can possibly come in. Defoe replacing Morelos or vice versa. They’ve got that all over the pitch.

    “That’s why they are where they are and doing so well in Europe. So no, there will be no European hangover, no matter what.”

    On a good performance at Ibrox last time out

    “I think we played very well. I think we were set up well. The boys carried out what we wanted.

    “We played a little bit on the counter attack, which isn’t how we usually play. We press high. We have a real high energy to our game. So you need a little bit of a mix against Rangers.

    “They’re going to dominate possession at times. We need everybody on the top of their game on the day. And if we get that and we have people playing at the top of their game, then you never know.

    “I think it’s different every game. It depends on the availability of players and it depends where you are.

    “We went through to Rangers last time on the back of a defeat. We’re going into the game on Sunday on three wins and having not conceded a goal.

    “We know that it’s a level up again. But we’re doing a lot of things right.

    “How we play doesn’t really change. Systems don’t really change your principles and what we’re trying to do. We’ll continue to try and take the game to people.

    I think the level of disappointment in the dressing room showed maybe how far we’ve come. No matter what they say in the press and how much they talk about they believe they can go and do things, actually going to Ibrox and challenging Rangers and putting on a good performance.

    Ultimately we lost the game. You know you’ve got to remember that we lost the game. But we lost to a set play, which was the biggest disappointment.

    “We had I think 11 players right at the top of their game on that day. So make no mistake. We need 11 players, maybe more when subs are made, to be right at the very top level of their game to get a result.”

    On keeping feet on the ground after three straight wins

    “I think sometimes after a result you can get carried away and we make sure we don’t.

    “We analyse it and I genuinely believe there’s probably 80-90% of the players here can improve again. I believe there’s another percentage in every player.

    “Decision making. How we press at times. I think everybody can get better at it. And that’s everybody. The staff, we’re all looking to improve. All the time.

    “If you ever rest on your laurels, I think you stand still.

    “With the age of this squad, the young boys who are up and down like yo-yos. I take James Scott. He was superb against St Mirren but wasn’t brilliant on Saturday.

    “But he still tried to do the right things, still tried to get in the right areas and take people on. Those wide players will be up and down.  If we can get even more consistency to our game, I think we’ll improve even more.

    “We’ve got a level of consistency now when before perhaps we were a little bit more up and down. Bevis coming in when Peter was ill. He came in the Celtic game and he was excellent. And it gives me a real problem. But a good problem.

    “We have got a wee bit of strength in depth. We’ve not got a huge squad, but the quality that we do have, with our younger players as well, we have a real belief in whoever comes in will do a job to the same standard.”

  • First team

    Buy your Rangers tickets early

    Buy your Rangers tickets early

    Fans are urged to pre-purchase their tickets for Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match with Rangers.

    To avoid queues on the day, you can buy online now and get home delivery on purchases made before 4pm on Wednesday.

    You can also print your ticket at home and take it straight to the gate, or order for collection at Fir Park.

    There will be no cash gates in operation at Fir Park on Sunday.

    Our ticket office at the stadium is open from 9am to 5pm Wednesday and Thursday, from 9am to 4pm on Friday, from 10am to 12pm on Saturday and from 10am until kick off at 12pm on Sunday.

    Online purchases can be made for collection until 11am on Sunday. Rangers supporters should buy from their club directly.

    Adult£30 / £23
    Over 60s / 16-18s / full-time students£21 / £19
    Under 15s£3
    One adult and two kids£34 / £27

    Cheaper price applies to John Hunter stand for home supporters.

  • Club

    Donate to Mission Christmas

    Donate to Mission Christmas

    There are children living in our community who could wake up to having no presents on Christmas Day.

    For some families, Christmas is a luxury they just can’t afford. We want to make it different for local children living in poverty.

    We’re working with Bauer Media on Mission Christmas and we’re asking you to make a donation or raise funds.

    Mission Christmas is back to make this Christmas Day different for local children living in poverty.

    Every penny raised stays local, with 100% of what we receive being given back out. Your generosity will directly benefit children living in our area.

    To donate, text CLYDE to 70905 (£5), 70910 (£10) or 70920 (£20).

    Alternatively, if you would like to donate any new and unwrapped gifts, there is a drop-off point at the Motherwell FC Community Trust offices in the Cooper Stand at Fir Park available Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm.

  • Club

    Grab a hospitality deal for Rangers visit

    Grab a hospitality deal for Rangers visit

    We’ve a great last-minute deal to watch Motherwell v Rangers from the warmth of one of our Cooper boxes.

    Come and enjoy drinks before the game, as well as food at half-time, before taking in the match from behind the glass.

    You can buy online right now the fixture on Sunday, 15 December. Alternatively, phone our hospitality team on 01698 338012.

    View the match from the comfort of one of our boxes at the top of the Davie Cooper Stand, a unique vantage point to take in the action.

    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 £70 per person.

    If you’re a season ticket holder, you can upgrade for £50 per person.

    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.

    Millennium Suite

    Alternatively, enjoy hot snacks with half-time refreshments with main stand seating for £130 per person. You can also upgrade to an inclusive bar one hour before and one hour following the match for an additional £30.

    Head to tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk to book or phone our hospitality team on 01698 338012.

  • First team

    Next up: Rangers

    Next up: Rangers

    Rangers are the next visitors to Fir Park in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday, 15 December.

    Kick-off at Fir Park is at 12pm.

    Tale of the tape

    It’s third versus second in the division, with the Steelmen seven points behind Steven Gerrard’s side going into the match.

    Rangers have been joint top for most of the campaign, but a 2-2 draw in their last outing at Aberdeen, paired with Celtic’s win over Hamilton Academical, meant they slipped two points off the pace.

    Defeat in the Betfred Cup final to Celtic on Sunday comes before an all-or-nothing UEFA Europa League match at home to Young Boys on Thursday night.

    Motherwell have won three, scored eight and conceded none in their last three matches.

    A 4-0 win over St Johnstone was followed by a 3-0 victory at St Mirren, and then a 1-0 success at home to Hearts on Saturday.

    Head to head

    Rangers were 2-1 winners at Ibrox earlier in the campaign, recovering from a goal down after Devante Cole’s early strike.

    Of the last five league fixtures at Fir Park between the pair, Rangers have won three, with two high-scoring draws making up the other results.

    You have to go back to 2002 for the last time the Steelmen prevailed in the league against the Ibrox side, with a 1-0 win on Boxing Day coming through James McFadden’s goal, which ended their opponents’ eight-month unbeaten run in the top flight.

    Get your tickets in advance

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office.

    Adult£30 / £23
    Over 60s / 16-18s / full-time students£21 / £19
    Under 15s£3
    One adult and two kids£34 / £27

    Cheaper price applies to John Hunter stand for home supporters. Away fans should contact their club direct for tickets.

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

    Can’t make it? Watch or listen live

    If you’re outside the UK/Ireland, you can watch Motherwell v Rangers and the majority of our Ladbrokes Premiership games this season on our live streaming service.

    Priced at £12 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

    Wherever you are, there’s also live audio commentary available on our streaming service for £5.99 a month.

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Hearts

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Hearts

    Christopher Long nets the decisive goal from Jermaine Hylton’s assist as Motherwell make it three wins from three in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

  • First team

    Manager: ‘We earned the win’

    “It was a professional performance. We earned the win.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to the 1-0 win over Hearts.

  • First team

    Motherwell claim third straight win

    Motherwell claim third straight win

    Motherwell made it three wins in a week with a narrow but deserved victory over Hearts.

    A terrific Christopher Long goal, worthy of winning any game, was all that separated the teams on paper.

    But Motherwell expertly managed their lead for a third clean sheet, and three points which hoisted them above Aberdeen to third in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    While Mark Gillespie had only one save of note, the Fir Park men might have added a second and were unlucky to see a goal ruled off for offside.

    After forming a formidable partnership with Declan Gallagher against St Mirren, Bevis Mugabi kept his place at the heart of the home defence.

    James Scott’s double strike in midweek was enough to see him maintain a starting place. And in the only change, Christopher Long came in for Devante Cole, who moved to the bench.

    The current poor away form of managerless Hearts was ignored by the Steelmen, who remembered that on their last visit to Fir Park in August, the Edinburgh men were Betfred Cup winners.

    Early play was pacy and positive from both teams, although action around either goal was scarce.

    After 16 minutes, clever work from Jermaine Hylton sent Long sprinting down the right hand wing. But after getting the better of Michael Smith the ball just crossed the byline with Scott waiting unmarked on the penalty spot.

    Building on the success of Wednesday night, ‘Well tried to utilise Scott wide on the right but despite his trickery the teenager got little change from Jake Mulraney.

    Unable to find a decisive pass through the Hearts’ defence, Liam Donnelly attempted to add to his nine goals this season but from 25 yards he pulled his shot well wide of Joel Pereira’s goal.

    At the other end, Mark Gillespie was equally untroubled, especially with Hearts’ first effort at goal in 27 minutes, Ryotaro Meshino blasting the ball high into the Davie Cooper stand.

    The Fir Park men were determined to work the ball down the flanks to create an opening and were duly rewarded five minutes from the break.

    Jake Carroll and Hylton again combined on the left. When the former Solihull Moors winger cut the ball back from the byline, Long swivelled before blasting a left foot shot high past Pereira to round off a great move and net the only goal of the game.

    That gave the game a much needed lift and added an extra spring in the step of the home players up to the half-time whistle.

    With Stephen Robinson probably urging his players to get the next goal to kill off the Tynecastle side, ‘Well were on the front foot from the restart.

    Despite winning a series of corners and free kicks in the Hearts’ half, the home side made nothing of the opportunities to put pressure on Pereira’s goal.

    After 57 minutes Meshino fired narrowly over Gillespie’s bar and sensing the game might be turning their way, Austin MacPhee sent on Uche Ikpeazu to lead the visitor’s attack.

    The ‘Well boss probably had the same thoughts and after 64 minutes he brought on Devante Cole at the expense of Scott.

    However, before the striker got a touch, Hearts created their best chance. A quick break upfield found Steven MacLean just outside the box but his well driven shot was palmed away by Gillespie at full stretch.

    Motherwell appeared to have doubled their lead in the 70th minute.

    Long showed tremendous pace and strength to hold off Smith until he worked his way along the goal line. From his cut back, Polworth’s low shot through a packed box appeared to be going over the line, but Allan Campbell made sure – only to be wrongly ruled offside.

    Long was injured in the build up and with Hearts looking more likely to find an equaliser, Robinson decided to bolster his defence bringing on Peter Hartley to replace the hardworking ex-Blackpool striker.

    What might have been a nervous closing stage for ‘Well fans never materialised, as the Fir Park players intelligently and comfortably managed the final minutes.

    Hearts’ frustration was highlighted when, in added on time, Jake Mulraney was shown a straight red card for dissent.