Sep 26 2012 By Andrew Weston
Motherwell assistant Kenny Black admits Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Pittodrie felt like a defeat but believes back-to-back clashes against the Old Firm this week will represent the perfect pick-me-up.
Two goals in the final ten minutes allowed Aberdeen to rescue a point at the weekend after Motherwell looked set to extend their lead at the top of the SPL.
The late suckerpunch was a sore one at full time according to Black but attention quickly turned to this evening’s League Cup clash against Rangers at Ibrox before they host SPL Champions Celtic on Saturday.
“Straight after the game (on Sunday) it felt like we had just been beaten but we have now got two fantastic games to look forward to,” Black said this week.
“Games against Rangers and Celtic are the ones you want to play in and it represents a chance to keep our run going.
“It would not surprise me if there is a full house on Wednesday.”
Motherwell have not tasted victory in Govan for more than ten years but tonight’s clash surely represents their best chance against a Rangers outfit struggling to cope with life in Division Three.
But Black has warned fans to expect a tough test insisting victory is not a formality.
He continued: “Stuart (McCall) and I went to see them produce a really indifferent performance against Queen of the South last week but they still have the likes of Lee Wallace, Ian Black, Lee McCulloch and Dean Shiels to name but a few, players that can hurt you.
“There is no question they will be up for it. It’s maybe a Premier League side against a Division Three side on paper but we won’t look at it like that.
“If we play as well as we did offensively against Aberdeen then we can put ourselves in with a chance of winning the game but if we defend like we did it will cause its own problems.”
Meanwhile Black hopes Celtic will have one eye on next week’s Champions League clash when they visit Fir Park on Saturday saying: “They have got the pleasant distraction of Champions League football and go to Russia after they play us.
"You can’t help but have one eye on that. We experienced it to a lesser degree in August when we had European qualifiers.
"We don’t have the same size of squad as Celtic so it will be interesting to see if they make changes. They certainly have the personnel to freshen things up but will still represent a formidable challenge. They are not SPL Champions for nothing.”