Motherwell kicks off its best-six round on Saturday when defending champions Rangers come to town.
The clash was due to take place on Sunday, but a request from Rangers to bring the game forward by 24 hours to help their preparations for the first leg of next week’s Europa League semi-final first leg with RB Leipzig has been granted, with Motherwell, the SPFL and the police. Scotland gives the boost.
Graeme Alexander’s Motherwell, who narrowly made the top six with a last-minute equalizer at Livingston on April 9, is in the hunt for a European spot, while Gio van Bronckhorst’s Rangers are aiming to close the gap on leaders Celtic at the top of the table.
The match will be shown live in the UK and Ireland by Sky Sports, but Motherwell season ticket holders who cannot attend can still watch a live stream for free on live.motherwellfc.co.uk. International viewers can watch as part of their subscription service.
In previous meetings between the two teams, Motherwell held the Light Blues to two draws at Ibrox (1-1 and 2-2), while Rangers won 6-1 at Fir Park on Halloween after Bevis Mugabi gave away fast forward. .
The man in the middle
Nick Walsh will referee the contest alongside assistants Graeme Stewart and Craig Ferguson, while Gavin Duncan is the fourth official.
The whistle was in charge of the previous Fir Park encounter between the two sides, when Rangers ran out the winners 6-1 and Walsh sent off ‘Well’ skipper Stephen O’Donnell after 67 minutes for a second bookable offence.
He has shown four red and 71 yellow cards in 17 Premiership appearances so far this season.