Motherwell striker Kevin Van Veen says he would ‘love to ruin’ Rangers’ Scottish Premiership title party this weekend when the Fir Park side travel to Ibrox on flag day.
The Dutch striker shone last weekend as he scored and assisted in Motherwell’s 2-0 Scottish Premiership victory over Aberdeen. ‘Well could potentially go top of the league if they beat Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday and boss Graham Alexander will be counting on the Dutchman to make an impact. He labeled Van Veen’s talent as ‘God-given’ last week.
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His technical ability and ‘Budget Bergkamp’ nickname has already endeared him to the ‘Well faithful, and Van Veen says he’s always available to make an impact: “I feel like I’ve got a lot of ability, I feel I can show a lot, I feel like I can be the difference. I want to be the difference, and I want to be different from any other player.
“That’s what I’m going for. I do feel like I’m really looking forward to these types of games, I really feel like it brings the best out of me. This Sunday is going to be a completely new test but hopefully as a team and myself we can put in a really good performance, challenge Rangers, and hopefully we can win.”
Van Veen struggled with a back and hip issue in August, which he is happy to put to one side: “I feel good. I’ve struggled for four or five weeks with a neuro problem in my back and my hip, but luckily I’ve been treated very well by the physios, and this week and last week it has settled down pretty good.
“I’m very happy that the injury I had is completely gone at the moment and, touch wood, it’s not coming back. It didn’t feel like an injury, it felt like something neuro, so it was something that needed to be released. It was triggering my whole left side, and we were treating it every day. With all the treatment I’ve been having it has settled down now.”
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers will unfurl last season’s title-winning flag at Ibrox against Motherwell in front of 50,000 fans, with the travelling side not permitted to have any supporters in attendance. But Van Veen says ‘confident’ Motherwell can rise to what will be their biggest challenge of the season so far, having won three games on the bounce.
He said: “Personally I’d love to ruin a title party, so that would be good, but it’s obviously going to be very tough. I think we’re all going to need to be on our game, every single one. We need to be at the top of our game and probably a little bit more too to get a good result there, but we’re all very looking forward to the game on Sunday.
“We’re confident. I think we’re all very confident, but with two feet on the ground. We know that we’re nowhere near yet, it’s still early season, so everybody needs to keep their noses in the right direction, to keep working hard. If we work hard for each other, I think there’s enough quality and ability in this group to win a lot of games.
“It’s a big test. Everybody knows how good they are, obviously we’re in good form and playing quite well. On Saturday [against Aberdeen] we didn’t give much away and hopefully we can defend well as a team and going forward we can be an attacking threat.”
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