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    Motherwell 1-3 Rangers

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    Manager previews Rangers game

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    Slattery: ‘The only focus is points’

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    Dundee United tickets on sale

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    Next up: Rangers

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    Rangers game switched to Saturday

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    Post split fixtures announced

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    Manager reacts to clinching top six spot

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    Livingston 2-2 Motherwell

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    Manager previews Livingston game

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    Motherwell 1-3 Rangers

    Motherwell 1-3 Rangers

    Motherwell missed an opportunity to capitalise against a 10-man Rangers as the visitors ran out 3-1 winners at Fir Park.

    Scott Wright opened the scoring early in the first half before his team-mate Leon Balogun saw red for a wild and dangerous tackle on Dean Cornelius.

    Ross Tierney’s header 10 minutes from half-time put ‘Well on the front foot but Wright’s second two minutes into the second half knocked the air out of Graham Alexander’s team, before James Tavernier’s penalty just after the hour mark killed the tie.

    Motherwell’s first task in the top six of the cinch Premiership came two weeks on from a dramatic late clincher at Livingston.

    After two commendable draws at Ibrox this season, the men in claret and amber were hoping to go one better at Fir Park and avenge Rangers’ crushing win back in October.

    The suspended Kevin van Veen was replaced by Tierney in the starting side, with Juhani Ojala replacing the injured Sondre Solholm at the back.

    ‘Well started brightly and the front three in particular were in the faces of the Rangers rearguard early on, trying to force a mistake.

    The first opening came ‘Well’s way after six minutes. A quick break on the right and cross from Shields was dummied by Efford allowing Tierney a glimpse of goal. As he was edged aside by Balogun at the edge of the box the ball fell for Sean Goss but his drive was deflected high into the air.

    Four minutes later a quick break from the visitors almost produced the opening goal. Fashion Sakala, not for the first time, raced toward the home box before feeding the ball to Amad Diallo. His low shot beat Liam Kelly but Jake Carroll was perfectly placed to block the net bound effort.

    The breakthrough was only delayed four minutes.

    A clash of heads saw Ricki Lamie and Balogun watching from the touchline as Tavernier whipped a short corner beyond the far post. When Connor Goldson headed it back across the goal line it was destined for the inrushing Scott Wright. Kelly’s leap and touch almost prevented the ball reaching the Rangers’ forward but the ball dropped agonisingly over the line to put the Ibrox men ahead.

    Quick feet from Callum Slattery at the edge of the Gers’ box created space for him to fire in a low shot which Allan McGregor, at full stretch pushed the ball round his right-hand post.

    The next piece of neat footwork came from Cornelius after 28 minutes. But after the ‘Well teenager danced past two opponents tight on the right touchline he was brought to an abrupt halt by Balogun’s hefty and reckless lunge. Nick Walsh immediately produced a red card reducing Rangers to 10 men for the remaining hour.

    A minute later the visitor’s demanded parity when Ojala’s sliding challenge sent Wright sprawling to the turf. On this occasion, the referee felt that a yellow was sufficient punishment for the ‘Well defender.

    For the Rangers’ fans housed in the Tommy McLean stand, for the first time this season filled to its capacity, frustration was compounded in the 35th minute when the Fir Park men grabbed the equaliser.

    Shields did well to win the ball on the right and when the ball was worked to the other side of the Gers’ box, Carroll’s cross found Tierney and from eight yards he guided his header down and beyond the static McGregor to make it 1-1.

    That unsettled the visitors and with Slattery finding space to deliver some telling passes and Tierney’s intelligent running causing the Rangers back four some concern, ‘Well finished the first half on top.

    However, within two minutes of the restart Rangers had regained the lead.

    Sakala’s direct running carried him to the edge of the home penalty area and a pass to his right put Wright within shooting distance as his low strike sped past Carroll and beyond the diving Kelly to make it 2-1.

    That didn’t knock the Steelmen off their stride but a killer blow arrived after 61 minutes.

    Once again Sakala’s speed found him racing into the box and although Mugabi’s tackle looked fair and won the ball, as the Rangers’ winger fell to the ground the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

    Despite strong appeals from the ‘Well players, Tavernier remained focused to fire the ball high to Kelly’s left and make it 3-1.

    That two-goal cushion put Rangers back in control of the game, and with 23 minutes remaining Motherwell made a triple substitution.

    It was Kelly, though, who denied Sakala a fourth goal after the winger ghosted in behind Ojala, only to find the ‘Well ‘keeper racing from his line to block his shot.

    Despite the scoreline, there were some fine performances in claret and amber and the belief that a European spot is still within their reach in the remaining four games.

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    Manager previews Rangers game

    Graham Alexander his side have had time to rest and recover over the past two weeks and are now ready to finish the cinch Premiership on a high.

    With five games left in the season, Motherwell are taking one game at a time as they look to finish in one of the European spots in the table.

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    Slattery: ‘The only focus is points’

    Motherwell midfielder Callum Slattery knows they have a great opportunity to finish in a European spot this season but says the team are simply taking each game as it comes.

    Slattery believes there is pressure off Motherwell now they achieved a top six spot in the cinch Premiership but they are not settling and want to secure further success.

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    Dundee United tickets on sale

    Dundee United tickets on sale

    Tickets for Motherwell’s forthcoming match with Dundee United are now available to buy online.

    We go to the Tannadice in the cinch Premiership on Saturday 30 April. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Tickets for Motherwell fans can be purchased online now directly from Dundee United. Fans should purchase tickets in Jim McLean Fair Play Upper (highlighted in black on United’s e-ticketing website).

    Prices are:

    • Adults: £26
    • Over 65s / Under 18s / Full time students: £14
    • Under 12s (Only with Full paying Adult): £5
    • Wheelchair & carer £14

    Wheelchair supporters must contact Dundee United directly. Any supporter with mobility issues and cannot navigate the stairs must contact Dundee United direct and will be issued tickets in the lower Fair Play. To get in touch with the club, it’s 01382 833166 (option 1) or email tickets@dundeeunitedfc.co.uk.

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    Next up: Rangers

    Next up: Rangers

    Rangers are the visitors in the cinch Premiership on Saturday 23 April.

    Kick-off is at 12pm.

    Ticket information

    There are no online ticket sales. Visit the ticket office at Fir Park or call 01698 333333. The Fir Park ticket office will be open Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9-4pm.

    Rangers fans are asked to buy directly from their club.

    Pay at the gate is not available.

    Ticket prices are:

    O’Donnell, Cooper & McLean (away) StandPrice
    Adults£30
    Concessions£21
    Juveniles£3
    One adult + two kids£34
    Hunter Stand
    Adults£23
    Concessions£19
    Juveniles£3
    One adult + two kids£27

    – Concessions are listed as Over 60s, 16-18 year olds and full-time students with a valid matriculation card.
    – Juveniles are listed as 15 and under.

    Watch live

    The game will be broadcast live in the UK and Ireland by Sky Sports.

    If you’re a Motherwell season ticket holder who cannot make the match, you can still watch a live stream for free at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    International viewers can watch through our subscription service at live.motherwellfc.co.uk. Packages start at as little as £12.50 per month to watch all 38 cinch Premiership fixtures.

    Form guide

    The mood in both camps will be positive ahead of this game.

    Motherwell claimed a top six place with dramatic last minute equaliser from Ricki Lamie against Livingston a fortnight ago.

    Rangers will be buoyed by a Scottish Cup semi-final win over rivals Celtic at the weekend as well as booking their place in the Europa League semi-final.

    Tale of the tape

    The Steelmen have managed two draws against Rangers this season; both of which came at Ibrox.

    They will be looking for an improvement on the last meeting at Fir Park though, with the visitors running out 1-6 winners on Hallowe’en despite ‘Well taking the lead through Bevis Mugabi.

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    Rangers game switched to Saturday

    Rangers game switched to Saturday

    This weekend’s match with Rangers will now go ahead on Saturday 23 April, with a noon kick off.

    Rangers made a request to the Scottish Professional Football League, Police Scotland and to host broadcasters, Sky Sports, to seek permission to bring the game forward 24 hours.

    Following approval from those bodies, Motherwell FC agreed to the proposal.

    “Based on significant feedback over the years, we believe most of our fans would rather watch a match on a Saturday rather than a Sunday, and with our only other home fixture after the split being a Wednesday night, that was at the forefront of our thinking,” Chief Executive Alan Burrows said.

    “In addition, the club believe it sensible to support all Scottish clubs playing in European matches.

    “That being said, we would like to sincerely apologise for the length of time taken to make this call and the subsequent lack of notice of the change, which has been largely out with our control. We were initially approached on Good Friday, but we were only given confirmation of the change at 3:10pm today (Tuesday 19th).”

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    Post split fixtures announced

    Post split fixtures announced

    Motherwell’s post split fixtures for season 2022/23 have been announced by the SPFL.

    The Steelmen will kick off with a home game against Rangers on Sunday 24 April, live on Sky Sports (12 noon kick off).

    Graham Alexander’s men then travel to Tannadice for a third time this season the following Saturday, 30 April.

    ‘Well remain on the road with a trip north to face Ross County on Saturday 07 May before the last home game of the campaign sees third-place Hearts visit Fir Park the following Wednesday (11 May).

    The final game of the season will be in Glasgow as Motherwell sign off against Celtic at Celtic Park on Saturday 14 May, live on Sky Sports, with a 12.15pm kick off.

    • Sunday 24th April (12pm KO): vs Rangers (H)
    • Saturday 30th April (3pm KO) vs Dundee Utd (A)
    • Saturday 7th May (3pm KO) vs Ross County (A)
    • Wednesday 11th May (7.45pm KO) vs Heart of Midlothian (H)
    • Saturday 14th May (12.15pm KO) vs Celtic (A)
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    Manager reacts to clinching top six spot

    “We stuck at it and to get the top six in that fashion, I’ve never experienced anything like it. I’m so pleased for everyone.”

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    Livingston 2-2 Motherwell

    Livingston 2-2 Motherwell

    Motherwell snatched a top six spot with a dramatic late show at Livingston.

    Odin Bailey and Alan Forrest looked to have buried the Steelmen, with results elsewhere going against the team.

    But Callum Slattery’s 30-yarder, followed by Ricki Lamie’s dramatic late header in the third minute of stoppage time, sent the away fans wild and secured the top six place.

    Jake Carroll came into the team for the injured Stephen O’Donnell in the only change to the side which defeated St Mirren last time out.

    Motherwell barely had a chance in a first 45 that was dominated by Livingston.

    A mix-up in the Livi defence early on should have presented Efford a chance at an open goal, but the ball held up in the air long enough for the covering defender to clear.

    After knocking on the door for long spells, the hosts took the lead in the 25th minute.

    Forrest cut inside and split the defence with a through ball which Bailey ran onto and, with Kelly rushing out, poked the ball past him into the net.

    O’Hara was introduced for Cornelius at the break as Motherwell looked to find some sort of response, and started the second half more positively.

    Van Veen sent a difficult shot over the bar early on and then the Dutchman thought a shot two minutes later had crossed the line, but the linesman said goalkeeper Stryjek had kept it out.

    Goss was bundled over in the box with no consequence as Motherwell flew out of the blocks and looked certain to claw their way back in.

    But they would be the architects of their own downfall just before the hour mark.

    Bailey was allowed to cut inside and get a shot away which was blocked, but fell to Forrest just inside the area. With the defenders slow to react, he was able to pick his spot, firing low and hard into the bottom-left corner.

    Tierney and Woolery replaced Efford and Carroll as Motherwell looked to spark a reaction and it came with 18 minutes to go.

    A ball into the box was cleared out where Slattery reacted quickest to sprint onto it and send a 30-yard piledriver into the bottom-left corner of the net to give ‘Well hope.

    ‘Well kept pushing but the big chances just wouldn’t come until the third minute of stoppage time.

    A corner from the right, with Kelly up, Mugabi hit the bar with a header before Lamie reacted quickest to knock the ball over the line and send the away fans wild – and Motherwell into the top six.

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    Manager previews Livingston game

    Motherwell manager Graham Alexander says his side are in a good position going into the cinch Premiership match against Livingston.

    The Steelmen’s win against St Mirren has ensured they are now in full control of whether they finish in the top six – something they have to take full advantage of as they go into the final pre-split match.