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Match Preview – Rangers vs Motherwell

Last Updated: 09/11/18 3:24pm

Steven Gerrard's side were beaten in Russia on Thursday night

Steven Gerrard's side were beaten in Russia on Thursday night

Steven Gerrard’s side were beaten in Russia on Thursday night

Rangers return to league action after a tough defeat at Spartak Moscow when Motherwell visit Ibrox on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard’s side led three times in Moscow but ended up empty-handed after shipping two goals inside 90 seconds to lose 4-3.

One of Rangers’ goalscorers in Russia was Daniel Candeias, but he will miss this weekend’s game after picking up a red card last weekend against St Mirren.

Gerrard has complained to the Scottish Football Association about the decision from referee Willie Collum, but in the build-up to Sunday’s game rowed back a little on his initial comments, when he labelled the decision “embarrassing”.

He said: “I think he is a good referee in general, he has been picked by UEFA to be a referee. It is not a personal issue at all. We all make mistakes, we are all human.

“It is my responsibility to support the referees and officials in this country, it is not a big talking matter. It is just a clear mistake and we are trying to get it resurrected and we see how it pans out.

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Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister says Steven Gerrard can cope with adversity as a new manager.

Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister says Steven Gerrard can cope with adversity as a new manager.

“I just think we need common sense in the game and if mistakes occur we should have a panel in place to resurrect them, not just from a Rangers point of view from a football point of view.”

Motherwell pegged Rangers back in a 3-3 draw at Fir Park back in August, but since then they have picked up points in just four more league games, and sit fourth bottom of the league, albeit seven ahead of the relegation play-off place in 11th.

Goals have proved a problem for Stephen Robinson’s side, and a return of 11 in as many games has left him hopeful that former Middlesbrough striker Curtis Main, who has not scored since the end of September, can return to form.

“We continually worked on things with Curtis and the other four strikers that we’ve got, including the two young boys,” said Robinson.

“He just needs to go on a run. He came here last year and hit the ground running and as strikers you have that.

“You get those periods where you don’t score goals and things don’t go your way and then it just turns very quickly. He has to keep doing the right things, getting in the right areas and we have to keep creating the chances.

“I’ve got four strikers who I believe can go and score goals and we know we’re winning games with the two boys up front, so we’ll see where we go on Sunday with that.”

Opta facts

  • Rangers are unbeaten in 41 Scottish Premiership games against Motherwell (W29 D12) – the longest unbeaten run one side has had over another in the competition.
  • Motherwell have failed to score in four of their last six visits to Ibrox in the top-flight (D2 L4), scoring just two goals in total during this period.
  • Rangers are enjoying an eight-game unbeaten run at Ibrox in the league (W7 D1) – the Gers last went longer without defeat on home soil in the competition between March and December 2016 (run of 14).
  • Motherwell have won back to back league games for the first time this season and will be aiming for three consecutive victories in the Scottish Premiership for the first time since October 2017.
  • Rangers have had ten different goal scorers (own-goals) in the Scottish Premiership this season – no side has had more.

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