MOTHERWELL boss Stephen Robinson has said that he’ll use the over-optimism of the media and Rangers fans to spur his team on Sunday.

His Motherwell side face Pedro Caixinha’s outfit in the second Betfred Cup semi-final of the weekend and Robinson reckons that his team are up to the task of upsetting the odds and making it to the final.

“According to everybody else, people have already got it as an Old Firm final,” he said. “We are out to prove that wrong.

“I’ve seen some clips and tickets for sale for Rangers in the final, so people have obviously written us off already. That’s fine, we can deal with that. But within our dressing room and our club we firmly believe we can get a result.

“We’re not playing, we are not coming to the game apparently. So we will use that as our motivation. I pay little attention to what people say but if you can use it as a motivational tool… Players read stuff, don’t they? I don’t think I need to motivate the players but if that’s given them a little bit of extra motivation, then great.”

Motherwell have had a brilliant start to the season, which some may see has been unexpected given the pre-season prediction for the Lanarkshire side to be bottom half candidates. However, Robinson’s side sit in fourth, just one point behind Rangers and having put Aberdeen out the competition comprehensively in the last round, they’ll feel very up for this match.

Robinson continued in admitting that the ‘Well know their standing both in stature and financially, but with belief and determination they can try to pull off a shock and get a result.

“We are well aware of what we are as a football club. We don’t have 50,000 people coming to watch us, we are one of the smaller clubs in the division, but we are a good club, a well-organised and well-run club.

“And if we can keep that belief going, then who knows?”

The winners of this match will face the winners of Celtic and Hibernian in Saturday’s semi-final at the showpiece final at Hampden next month.


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