With a huge crunch game tomorrow, we take a look back at the last five matches at Fir Park between Rangers and Motherwell
Steven Gerrard will be looking for his side to make it three consecutive league games unbeaten. Rangers have a win over St Mirren and an opening day draw at Pittodrie to their name so far.
Steve Robinson’s Motherwell have had a shocking start to the season meanwhile, losing to both Hibernian and Hamilton.They’ll be looking for redemption against an in-form Rangers juggernaut. However, they’ll still provide stiff opposition for Sunday.
However, this game probably won’t be for the faint-hearted. Rangers vs Motherwell tends to get spicy these days, and recent trips to Fir Park have proved that.
Below, we take a look at the last five games between the two clubs in North Lanarkshire:
Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (31st May 2015)
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Rangers fans won’t need reminded of this fateful day.
After a dreadful 3-1 home defeat to the Steelmen, Stuart McCall’s Rangers side had to overcome Motherwell by three or more goals to gain promotion.
It never truly felt like the club was ready for promotion at that stage. After the Ally McCoist debacle, there was a lack of stability in the club. McCall tried to gloss over that with some decent results, but it all came grinding to a halt on the 31st May.
Despite some early promise, Rangers barely looked up to the challenge. Bad misses from Kris Boyd and Marius Zaliukas told Rangers fans early on what kind of game this was going to me.
Motherwell didn’t need the latter two goals, as you knew Rangers were staying down when Cammy Bell punched Marvin Johnson’s deflted shot into his own net in the second half.
That goal sucked belief out of the Gers. However, an Ainsworth strike and a last-minute John Sutton penalty compounded the misery on a woeful afternoon.
Motherwell 0-2 Rangers (12th July 2016)
Happier times were to come from the match the previous year. Rangers were promoted after a powerful Championship campaign under Mark Warburton, and had their sights on the title.
They made their way to Fir Park to face Motherwell in an early-season Betfred Cup group stage clash. The Steelmen were as dogged and dangerous as ever, and created several big chances.
However, Rangers had real class in the final third and were brimming with confidence.
A slow first half was followed by an instantaneously more productive second when James Tavernier curled a topper into the top corner.
Barrie McKay, Harry Forrester, and debut-man Niko Kranjcar all came close to second goals. It felt like it would never come for the Light Blues, who totally bossed the second 45.
However, Martyn Waghorn gave the score-line a more suitable reflection as the ruthless Gers punished Motherwell for their profligacy to gain some revenge on the previous year.
Motherwell 0-2 Rangers (28th January 2017)
Rangers found themselves in a real battle for second place with Aberdeen come the turn of the New Year. As they took the trip to Fir Park, nothing more than a win would do to stay ahead of the Dons.
An early red card to Michael O’Halloran saw the much-maligned forward put his side up against it. Having signed a year ago at this stage, O’Halloran wasn’t convincing Gers fans, and his fifth-minute red was symptomatic of it.
This led to a lack of composure from Rangers. Fortunately, however, Scott McDonald was just as stupid and was red carded on 27 minutes for two-footing Kenny Miller.
It was game on at this point.
Momentum started to swing Rangers’ way at the start of the second half. New signing Emerson Hyndman came close, as Motherwell struggled to deal with the Gers’ composed passing.
The goal was coming, and it was Miller who got it as he fired home from close-range after Waghorn had missed the ball.
Hyndman scored a sweet strike from the outside of the penalty box with just minutes remaining to seal a big three points. It was a win that released slight pressure on Warburton, before he left just a couple of weeks later.
Motherwell 1-2 Rangers (6th August 2017)
It was a new season and a new revolution to get behind as Pedro Caixinha brought his new-look Rangers team to Fir Park on opening day.
Much was expected of his new side, which included Graham Dorrans, Bruno Alves, and Eduardo Herrera starting.
The Gers were riding the momentum of a revolution, and got an early goal when Dorrans smashed home from a Miller knock-down.
Rangers were in control and moving the ball around well, but a defensive lapse cost them. It was something that was to be a frequent occurrence throughout the season. Heneghan was allowed to rise and powerfully head home from a free-kick, levelling before the break.
It felt like a real tussle afterwards, with Motherwell trying to be their direct game. However, Louis Moult’s stupidity gave the Gers the advantage. The Englishman elbowed Fabio Cardoso in the box, giving Caixinha’s side a penalty. Dorrans converted, regaining the lead.
Late chances for Alex Fisher and Ryan Bowman showed the vulnerability that would soon cost Caixinha his job. However, on this day, it was enough to take another three points from Fir Park.
Motherwell 2-2 Rangers (31st March 2017)
Rangers had really been making Motherwell pay for their Fir Park humiliation in 2015, but nearly lost the plot here.
Motherwell stormed out of the traps and were two goals ahead within 16 minutes. Goals from Curtis Main and Allan Campbell had the Steelmen 2-0 ahead, with Graeme Murty’s Rangers still reeling from a 3-2 loss to Celtic.
Rangers were lacklustre in the first half, and couldn’t combine any form of coherent passing. They were fortunate to just be the two behind also, with Motherwell continuing to cut open a weak Rangers defence.
Murty clearly got fired into his troops at half-time, and what a response he got.
Tavernier showed good direct running to be brought down for a penalty. The right-back took it and converted it to haul Rangers back into the game.
Two minutes later and Rangers were level. Murphy collected down the left, cut inside before firing through defenders and past Trevor Carson for 2-2.
Credit had to go to Motherwell for fighting their way back into the game. They gave Murty’s men some real scares before full-time as the game got stretched. However, in the end, it ended in a stalemate after an entertaining 90 minutes.