Rangers 1, Motherwell 0
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|January 2004|| |
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‘Well were rather unlucky to go down 1-0 at Ibrox this afternoon. I was fortunate enough to attend a "special screening" (ahem!) of the game at a local pub, and it looked as though we matched Rangers for the majority of the game before conceding a sickening late goal. Same old story then!
Terry Butcher fielded the same side which defeated St Johnstone in the cup last week, with new signing Gary Bollan named among the substitutes.
There was little between the sides in a first half which had few clear cut goalscoring opportunities. Our best efforts were a Craigan header which went just wide and a shot from Adams which curled narrowly past the post. Rangers also had a few half-chances, but the interval arrived without either goalkeeper having been called into serious action.
Rangers began to dominate a bit more after the interval, with Marshall pulling off a great save from an Arveladze effort shortly after the restart. However, there was no panic whatsoever in our defending as we continued to get men behind the ball and hit Rangers on the break. Alex Burns almost took advantage of a short Berg backpass in what was in truth probably our only real opportunity of the second half. However, just when it seemed the home side had ran out of ideas and that we would hold out for a point, Leitch lost possession in midfield and Capucho set up Arveladze, who chipped the ball over the onrushing Marshall to give Rangers a rather underserved three points.
Team (4-4-2): Marshall, Quinn, Corrigan, Craigan, Hammell, Lasley, Adams, Leitch (Bollan 86), Dair, Clarkson, Burns (Scott McDonald 74).
It seems as though Scott Leitch’s season could be over. The ‘Well captain will undergo a shoulder operation next week which will see him out of action for up to four months. TB said after today’s game:
"It is a major blow because he has been fantastic for us this season. He hasn’t missed a game and has been a fantastic captain for the club. His contract is up at the end of the season as well so we will be sitting down with him and discussing that."
Stevie Hammell looks set to sign a new two-year contract with Motherwell. He was quoted during the week as saying:
One theory that recently did the rounds on the Motherwell Mailing List is that NO offers were made for Hammell, and also that he could be set to move into the wide-left midfield position recently vacated by Stephen Pearson, with Gary Bollan filling in at left-back…
A report in one of this morning’s tabloids claimed that Cardiff City are the latest club to be interested in Keith Lasley.
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