Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says Rangers aren’t invincible at Ibrox and is eyeing a win over Steven Gerrard’s men on Saturday afternoon [Not The Old Firm].
The Steelmen are currently fifth in the Premiership table but would be in the midst of a relegation battle had they not received six points from a pair of fixtures forfeited by opponents due to Covid-19 outbreaks.
They have earned just one point from their last four league matches and have only scored twice across those games.
In contrast, Steven Gerrard’s side are unbeaten in the league this season and have won all eight of their Premiership fixtures at Ibrox without conceding a goal.
The Gers were dumped out of the League Cup by St Mirren in midweek, though, and Robinson believes his side can cause a second consecutive shock.
“Rangers are not invincible and that was sort of proved [on Wednesday],” he said [Not The Old Firm]. “If everything goes your way it can be the perfect storm. The weather was horrendous, the pitch was a bit bobbly and maybe Rangers didn’t play to the top of their game.”
“I think it will be a completely different game, a bigger pitch, a better surface, I imagine their team will change as well, so it will be a tough ask no matter what. There are numerous things that have to go your way. Decisions from the referee, Rangers not being on the top of their game and your goalkeeper has to play very well.
“They are the elements of the game you need to go your way to get a result at Ibrox. We haven’t done that for a long time, so why not now? We’ve got a bunch of boys that I totally believe in and we’ll go with a gameplan I hope we can implement to the best of our ability.”
St Mirren’s midweek triumph may have boosted Motherwell’s confidence coming into the weekend and Robinson has a number of good players at his disposal, including Allan Campbell and Declan Gallagher.
However, their record at Ibrox in recent seasons has been atrocious, with the Gers triumphing 7-1 during the 2018/19 campaign. Meanwhile, Gerrard’s men won 5-1 at Fir Park in September in the only previous meeting between the sides this season.
Rangers will be sore after their League Cup exit but they have been machine-like in the league and with the opportunity to open a 16-point gap at the top of the table, the home side should be extra motivated for Saturday’s game.
The match will be shown live on RangersTV and the club have announced a strong team for the broadcast.