New Motherwell boss Graham Alexander has compared taking on Rangers to facing Leeds United and Everton with Salford City – but insists he won’t go away from the things he wants his Well stars to do.
The Gers could go 23 points clear at the top of the Premiership with a win at Fir Park this afternoon and Alexander confessed that these were the sort of games that attracted him to move to Scotland to replace Stephen Robinson.
After his surprise exit at Salford earlier this season, Alexander takes charge of his second Motherwell game today with the Fir Park side bottom of the league and facing a real fight against relegation – 12 months after finishing third.
The former Scotland star was also full of praise for Steven Gerrard and his Rangers squad ahead of today’s game, hailing the Gers’ incredible 23-game unbeaten record in the league this season.
“At Salford City this season we played Everton when they were top of the Premier League and that was a tough task,” Alexander said [Not The Old Firm].
“We played Leeds United last season. So there are always big challenges in football, St Mirren was one last week. Rangers in any season is a tough challenge, but they’ve been on a fantastic run this season.
“They have quality players and the manager has done a great job. I was well aware of what types of fixtures I was coming into, and part of the attraction of the job was to be involved in big games like this.
“This is football, it’s a tough environment, it’s a tough competition, and everyone wants to win. For me, I just want to see my team play as well as they can, try to implement the things we want to do, week in week out, not just for this particular game.
“We don’t want to go away from what we want to do. For me, we’re trying to implement how we want our team to play, regardless of the opponent. We know it’s going to change, week to week, because of who you’re playing, but for me the biggest target is I want to see my players playing as a team, and going out and giving it their best.”
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