He’s witnessed the scenes cup joy brought Motherwell – and St Mirren man Richard Tait is hoping for more of the same tonight when the Buddies face Rangers.
Jim Goodwin’s men are underdogs in this League Cup quarter-final clash against the competition favourites. With the likes of Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee United Hearts and former club Motherwell all out, there’s a chance for success.
But Rangers will prove stern opposition. While at Motherwell, Tait enjoyed four trips to Hampden in domestic cup action, two of which were in cup finals.
Having watched the impact those League Cup and Scottish Cup final runs had on the town of Motherwell, Tait’s aiming for similar in Paisley: “Getting to the League Cup final was massive for the club.
“Going on and getting to the final of the Scottish Cup, the community around Motherwell at that time was fantastic. Everyone came together. You would be out shopping in Asda and there would be old ladies coming up to you and wishing you good luck.
“You would never normally get that. It was good for the area and, at a time like this, if we can push and manage to do that it would be awesome for Paisley, for sure.”
Tait and Motherwell didn’t end on the best of terms this summer, amid a communication breakdown over a new contract. The versatile full-back made over 100 appearances for the Steelmen following his move to Lanarkshire from Grimsby Town in 2016.
He was pleased to get one over his former employers at the weekend as St Mirren beat Motherwell 1-0: “I enjoyed it. I won’t lie to you, I enjoyed that win.
“More importantly it was three points for us but on a personal note I was delighted to go there and get three points. I love everyone at Motherwell, a great football club. Things didn’t work out and sometimes that’s football.
“The Covid-19 situation happened and then nothing really happened. It is what it is, it’s gone for me and them. You move on and I’m in a good place, I’m enjoying myself at St Mirren and that’s all that matters.”
Tait’s already beaten Rangers once in the League Cup, during the Well run to the 2017 final when a Louis Moult-inspired display beat the Gers 2-0. But this time around, it’s a different kettle of fish against a side unbeaten domestically.
“It’s going to be a tough night, I’m pretty sure we are going to have to ride our luck at times, but if things go our way then there’s no reason why we can’t cause an upset,” said Tait.
“It’s a one-off game, anything can happen. You see cup upsets all the time and we’ll be doing our absolute utmost to make sure we are in the next round.
“It’s going to be very difficult but all we can do is try. We’re in a good place, we are now nine games unbeaten and you have to be confident going into a game against someone like Rangers.”