Classy Motherwell chief Alan Burrows deserves credit for throwing the support of the Fir Park club behind Rangers’ Europa League charge.
The SPFL confirmed this week that Rangers’ Scottish Premiership clash with the Steelmen would be moved forward a day to Saturday the 23rd of April, 24 hours ahead of the originally planned kick off time.
This is primarily to assist Rangers in their hunt for a spot in the Europa League Final, giving the Gers another day to prepare for a tough trip to Germany to face RB Leipzig.
Alan Burrows would then take to social media to explain the decision, some Motherwell fans salty about the move, and claimed that the decision was two-pronged.
Firstly, the Motherwell supremo insists that ordinarily the Fir Park faithful prefer the matches to be played on Saturdays, so the decision is the right one for the majority of their own supporters.
But also Alan Burrows throws his support behind Rangers’ progress in Europe and insists he believes it’s right that Motherwell support Scottish clubs on the continent.
The Motherwell chief executive also apologised to supporters for any short notice in the decision, with this seemingly out of the club’s control.
Motherwell chief Alan Burrows throws support behind Rangers
“Based on significant feedback over the years, we believe most of our fans would rather watch a match on a Saturday rather than a Sunday, and with our only other home fixture after the split being a Wednesday night, that was at the forefront of our thinking,” said Alan Burrows [Motherwell].
“In addition, the club believe it sensible to support all Scottish clubs playing in European matches.
“That being said, we would like to sincerely apologise for the length of time taken to make this call and the subsequent lack of notice of the change, which has been largely out with our control. We were initially approached on Good Friday, but we were only given confirmation of the change at 3:10pm today (Tuesday 19th).”
This sensible, progressive and big picture stuff from Alan Burrows and the Motherwell chief executive deserves credit for both his response and the approach the club are taking to the Rangers game.
The Gers will now travel to Fir Park on Saturday at 12pm and will hope to pick up three points and apply some pressure on Premiership leaders Celtic before they play Ross County later in the day.