Motherwell v Rangers preview

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Updated: August 20, 2011

The tie of the weekend is undoubtedly Rangers’ visit to league leaders Motherwell.

The Ibrox outfit had a tricky Europa league tie on Thursday evening going down 2-1 to NK Maribor of Slovenia thanks to a last minute goal and Ex-Ger and current Well manager Stuart McCall will be hoping that his old team arrives at Fir Park tired and sore, after their mid-week excursion.

Motherwell is the only SPL team not to have conceded a goal this season, a statistic that McCall is rightly proud of. Speaking after his team’s narrow victory over St Mirren, McCall said,

‘We come into every game with confidence. Our middle to forward players didn’t play as good as they could but we defended really well. The back four were exceptional. It was a hard-earned clean sheet. Four clean sheets on the bounce is terrific.’

Although the Well boss is happy with his side’s position, he is aware that they lack strength in depth, and that they need extra cover,

‘We were looking for a centre-half who could cover at left-back and now we are after a centre-half who can play at right-back. And I think we could do with a forward wide player who could come off the bench and do something. We’re looking at a few things but we have to make sure we get it right because we only have a little bit left for wages and a thin squad.’
McCall will be without Steve Saunders who is suffering with a Achilles injury however Keith Lasley returns after suspension.

Ally McCoist meanwhile has secured the signature of United States midfielder Alejandro Bedoya from Swedish club Orebro. The 24 year-old who has won 13 caps for the U.S. national team has been handed a three year contract by the Ibrox club and should his visa arrive on time he could be make his debut on Sunday.

Carlos Bocanegra, who made his debut in the Europa League, is also waiting on his visa as is another new signing Australian Matt McKay.

McCoist however will be boosted by the return of Steven Whittaker after being out with a broken toe but the joy is short lived as Maurice Edu is suspended while Sasa Papac (illness), David Weir (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley (groin) are likely to remain on the sidelines.

Motherwell (from): Randolph, Hateley, Craigan, Hutchinson, Hammell, Jennings, Lasley, Forbes, Murphy, Law, Humphrey, Higdon, McHugh, Page, Smith, Halsman, Pollock, Hollis.

Rangers (from): McGregor, Ortiz, Wylde, Wallace, Goian, Broadfoot, Perry, Davis, Naismith, Jelavic, Fleck, Hutton, Healy, Alexander, Hemmings, Lafferty, Bocanegra, Bedoya, McKay.

Prediction: Home win.

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