Former Celtic captain Stephen McManus explains how Motherwell can beat Rangers tonight

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The former Celtic hero is hoping to get one over his old rivals at his current club.

Rangers take on Motherwell this evening in the first-leg of their crunch promotion play-off game. The Glasgow club are looking to return to the Scottish Premiership in as quick as possible time after their relegation to the bottom tier in 2012.

In Motherwell however they face serious opposition. Serious opposition with a few familiar faces among the squad.

Scott McDonald will be known from Old Firm derbies of old, while another former Celtic player in the Motherwell fold is Stephen McManus.

McManus started his career at Celtic and was club captain during his 13 year career at Parkhead. He moved to join Middlesbrough, along with McDonald, back in 2010 and aged 32 is now hoping to keep Motherwell in Scotland's top-flight.

With many of the current Motherwell players not knowing what it is like to play at Ibrox, he has given his team-mates some rather fruity advice on how to handle the occasion.

He is quoted by the Scottish Daily Record as stating:

“You need some gonads, if you like, to deal with it. You need to be calm and ice cold.

“It’s a really brilliant place to play. If you speak to anyone who has played at Ibrox in a game that means something, they will tell you the same.

“We know how intense the game is going to be at Ibrox. I was speaking to Kris Boyd after their home game against Hibs in the semi-final and he said the atmosphere was like nothing he’d ever experienced before at Rangers.

“He said it was even better than the Champions League games. If you don’t win, it’s going to be the lowest low of your career. If you win, it will be one of the highest highs."

Motherwell will certainly be hoping to stay in contention with Rangers after tonight's game in Glasgow. They then welcome the Gers to Fir Park on Sunday, hoping to retain their place in Scotland's top-flight.

The performances of their former Celtic pair could indeed prove pivotal.

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