Game to be played on Thursday 28th May at 19:45. Venue: Ibrox, Glasgow.
Odds: Rangers 19/20, Draw 5/2, Motherwell 3/1
Rangers embark on the last step of “The Journey” when they face Motherwell at Ibrox in the first leg of the play-off final.
Stuart McCall’s side have had to negotiate ties against Queen of the South and Hibernian to reach this stage whereas this will be Motherwell’s first game in the play-off system.
Fatigue has been a concern for McCall’s men who have played five games in 15 days coming into this fixture, but tiredness aside the Gers seem to have found a successful formula which is get the job done at home.
The Steelmen have struggled on the road this season only managing to pick up three wins, drawing once and losing 12. They have also conceded a lot of goals with their defence being breached 42 times away from Fir Park this campaign.
Their very poor form is a major contributing factor to them finishing second bottom, but Motherwell’s form at Ibrox is in fact even worse.
The last time the sides met saw a 2-0 win for Rangers in a 2012 League Cup tie, extending the Steelmen’s winless run at Ibrox to 33 games, with the last win coming back in April 1995.
McDonald is likely to come back into the side after being rested at the weekend whilst Keith Lasley may also return to the line-up.
Rangers have a clean bill of health going into the game so McCall does have the option of naming an unchanged team, but if he decides to change formation then he may make some personnel changes to accommodate.
Darren McGregor will play his last part in the play-offs with a booking in the last game against Hibernian triggering a suspension for the second-leg.
Predicted Rangers line-up:
Bell, Foster, McGregor, Zaliukas, Wallace, Law, Murdoch, Shiels, Vuckic, Clark, Miller
Predicted Motherwell line-up:
Long, Hammell, Ramsden, McManus, O’Brien, Lasley, Johnson, Grant, Pearson, Erwin, McDonald