Stuart McCall believes his side’s performance at Hampden has paved the way for a shock at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Steelmen ran the Scottish champions incredibly close in the Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final, before eventually succumbing to a late Steven Naismith sucker-punch.
Nevertheless the ‘Well boss, preparing to face his old side, believes a repeat of that performance would give his charges a great chance.
“I’m hopeful that we can put in the same performance against them as we did in the semi-final,” the former Bradford manager said. “I was so pleased with the way we kept the ball and caused Rangers some real problems. I’m looking for the same performance but a different result.
“We are under no illusions. Rangers are a top-class side and we will have to be at our very best to get anything from it.
“No-one is expecting us to get anything from the game, so hopefully the players will relish it and reach the levels we did at Hampden. If we do that then we have got a real chance.”
The Motherwell boss will find himself in unfamiliar surroundings when he walks in to the ‘away’ dressing room at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Rangers legend played over 200 times for the light blues, lifting eleven trophies in a fruitful spell with the club.
But the 46-year old played down the significance of the encounter, insisting that his full focus is on his current club.
McCall continued: “I never envisaged ever managing a side against Rangers before I joined Motherwell. But it’s my job and I am really looking forward to it.
“It will be slightly strange but I have got a job to do and I’ll just get on with the game.
“I’m not really expecting any sort of reception there. The fans are there to watch their own team. They might be a little disappointed at how things went last week in the Old Firm game and they’ll be cheering their own team on. I’m there as an enemy; an opponent.”
The typically tough trip to Govan has been made a little tougher for McCall due to injuries and suspensions which have afflicted his squad in the last week or so.
With three players already struggling to make the game in Glasgow, Stephen Craigan limped off while on international duty, further testing a thin squad.
“It’s a disappointment that we are not going there with a full strength side,” the ‘Well gaffer acknowledged. “We have three or four injuries but that’s football and we get on with it.
“Steve Saunders is suspended, but would be out anyway through injury. Stevie Hammell and Lasley are both very doubtful for the match and we are still waiting on Stephen Craigan after he came off with a hamstring strain with Northern Ireland.
“You are always hopeful, with an international game scheduled before a weekend’s fixtures, that no-one picks up an injury, and it’s disappointing that Stephen looks to be struggling.”