Dunfermline v Motherwell
Dunfermline and Motherwell meet for the first time at East End Park since 2007 and with Celtic and Rangers not in action until Sunday, either one of these two sides could go top of the league with a win on Saturday.
If that doesn’t motivate these players, I don’t know what would. Motherwell bounced back from their heavy defeat to Rangers with a routine win over Clyde in the Scottish league cup on Wednesday night, a result that will have restored confidence within the squad.
Stuart McCall will be aware that Dunfermline will pose a more serious threat, in what is, a more serious competition.
Motherwell have secured the signature of French midfielder Hermann Mboa Mekongo after a successful trial. The Fir Park club have signed the 18 year-old from Racing Club De France, but Motherwell have indicated that he will be part of the under-19 set-up initially, rather than being brought into the first team squad.
Meanwhile, Stuart McCall has taken former Bradford winger Omar Daley on a year long trial as well as signing Irish defender Tim Clancy on a free from Kilmarnock. Both players could be available for this clash.
McCall is hoping for a quick response from his players after last weeks defeat to Rangers which despite the score line was a game the former Scotland star thought his side could have won ‘I thought we should have done better against their inexperienced defenders, but they still had the players to hurt us, and they did that”.
“If you are going to beat the Old Firm you’ve got to score first. The goal just before half-time killed us. Then the second and third goals came on the counter attack. I’m really disappointed because I thought we could have done better.’
High flying Dunfermline came back down to earth with a nasty bump on Tuesday evening after being dumped out of the League cup by second division East Fife and Jim McIntyre was pragmatic about his side’s exit ‘The best team won and there’s no getting away from that.
“We weren’t at the races; didn’t start well and continued like that through the night. It’s a bad day at the office and we’re gutted we’re out the cup, but we got exactly what we deserved. It’s a horrible night. We’ve taken some great praise in recent weeks, so let’s take this one on the chin.’