It was a privilege to represent the Steelmen in Europe – now Liam Grimshaw is looking forward to another big match against Rangers.
The former Manchester United trainee was in the starting XI over in Israel during Motherwell’s Europa League third round qualifier. Whilst putting in a decent display, ultimately, it wasn’t enough as Stephen Robinson’s side suffered a 3-0defeat to Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
First arriving at the club in 2015 on loan, Grimshaw has been at the club permanently since 2017. He’s witnessed the club progress under Robinson, taking in two cup finals, a third place finish and now European football.
Ahead of another massive game against an undefeated Rangers side at Fir Park on Sunday, Grimshaw says it was an ‘honour’ to represent Motherwell in Europe. But attention must turn to dealing with a Rangers side far superior in resources.
“Rangers are a good team,” said Grimshaw. “They’ve got a lot more money than the rest of the league. They’ve had a really good start but some people would argue that’s what they should be doing. We’ll go and give It our best against them and hopefully we can get something against them.
“Every team has got their weaknesses. Rangers are a good team but we’ll try our best to find some weaknesses and try and exploit them. It’s always tough against Rangers but they’re the sort of games you want to play in. Thursday night didn’t go well for us but there’s no reason we can’t give them a game on Sunday.
“Obviously it’s always a great atmosphere when the Old Firm come to Fir Park. It’s a derby game isn’t it? Even if it’s not the Old Firm, Glasgow is only a few miles away so it’s a big derby game, so it’s always good to have the backing of our fans. It’s obviously a big help when the crowd are behind us but as professional footballers it’s up to us to get our heads on it and create that tempo.
“It’s what you want to strive for. Being realistic, third or fourth is probably what we’re aiming for in the league. I’ve been here a while now and it’s been an honour to represent the club and the town in Europe, we’re just gutted we couldn’t take it a bit further.
“I’ve learned a lot. It’s been a good experience for everyone, playing the two Irish teams and then playing in a totally different country on Thursday. We have learned a lot, it’s just disappointing that we haven’t progressed.
“To be honest, I think they were lucky not to have anyone sent off after a few incidents but you know what can happen playing in Europe and you just have to deal with stuff like that.
“We’re obviously disappointed. For large periods we more than matched them and if we had got a goal in the first half when we had decent spells of pressure then that would have changed the complexion of the game. When they scored, that put us on the back foot and we got picked off really.”