RANGERS are 180 minutes away from a return to Scotland’s top flight but Motherwell are determined to block their path.
The first leg of the play-off final is at Ibrox on Thursday with the return at Fir Park on Sunday.
Motherwell have a terrible record against Rangers, especially in Glasgow, and the Championship side are favourites for promotion. Many of Well’s defeats came when current Rangers boss Stuart McCall was in charge in Lanarkshire and his presence in the dugout adds intrigue to the contest.
Opinions are split about which side will progress – will Rangers be tired after already playing four play-off ties or will they rise to the occasion backed by a frenzied crowd.
Or will Motherwell’s big players such as Scott McDonald, Stephen Pearson and Lionel Ainsworth prove to be a difference. All will be revealed on Thursday and I’ll have a separate preview on both matches.
Meanwhile, William Hill’s Owen Scott has been looking at the stats and he’s come up with some specials but remember these are not tips.
Dean Shiels scored the last time Rangers beat Motherwell.
SHIELS TO SCORE AND RANGERS WIN 19-5
Rangers have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven matches against
Motherwell, winning five of them.
RANGERS TO WIN TO NIL 3-1
Rangers scored in both halves in their
first leg match against Hibs.
RANGERS TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES 5-2
Brothers Nicky and Josh Law will go
head to head in the play-offs.
NICKY OR JOSH TO SCORE 6-1.
NICKY AND JOSH TO SCORE 28-1.
WHO WILL SCORE THE MOST GOALS
Nicky Law 1-7
Josh Law 4-1
Draw = Void Bet.
Scott McDonald famously scored the
goals that beat Celtic to give Rangers
the title in 2005. Can he do the
same against Rangers?
McDONALD TO SCORE AND MOTHERWELL WIN 9-2
Former Celtic defender Stephen McManus
will be keen to grab a goal against
McMANUS TO SCORE ANYTIME 7-1
Stephen Pearson has already scored a
winner in the play-offs when he helped
Derby beat WBA in 2007.
PEARSON TO SCORE AND MOTHERWELL WIN 7-1