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‘IBROX CUP LOSS DEVASTATED ME,’ McMANUS

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STEPHEN McMANUS is hoping to atone for his atrocious blunder that knocked Motherwell out of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox last week.
The former Celtic skipper is given an early opportunity to get his revenge on Rangers when the teams meet in the Premiership at Fir Park this afternoon.
McManus, who gifted Mark Warburton’s side a late winner in his side’s 2-1 collapse in Govan, admitted: “That’s the worst I’ve ever felt after a game.
“At 34, you think you’ve seen and felt pretty much everything, but I was devastated last weekend.
“One hundred per cent that was the worst I’ve felt, there was no doubt.

“When you’re that wee bit older you think you’ve experienced pretty much everything that you can go through; the emotions, the highs, the lows, the feelings if you’re not in the team, if you are in the team.

“But that was tough to take.

“I thought we played really well all the way through the game and thoroughly deserved to be in the lead.

“When you get so close, after playing so well – not just me individually, but collectively as a group – for the players, the fans, the management staff, you’re gutted.

“I couldn’t sleep on Saturday and when I did wake up on Sunday I was hoping it was going to be the 85th minute of the game, but it wasn’t.

“It’s a mistake that I made, I was 100 per cent culpable, but it’s done and dusted, you can’t change it, we move on, that’s just the way the game goes.”

McManus added: “The big thing for me was I wanted to get back into training on Monday.

“I don’t train normally on a Monday just to give myself an extra day for my body to recover, but I wanted to get back onto the pitch to try to eradicate it.

“I’ve played in a lot of games now for Motherwell, I can’t remember making a mistake like that before.

“Hopefully, it won’t happen again.”
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