There could be a reunion with a familiar face for Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson at Celtic Park today – but he knows his men will have to deal with more than one threat.

The Steelmen head to Glasgow this afternoon to face Celtic. Whilst not winning any of their opening five Premiership matches, they are in better spirits thanks to a 5-1 victory in the Europa League over Glentoran.

Motherwell v Glentoran - UEFA Europa League: First Qualifying Round

Morale booster for Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Before that game they lost David Turnbull in a record-move for the club, with the highly-rated midfielder moving to today’s opponents, Celtic. Turnbull will be in the squad to make his debut for Celtic against his former club.

It’s a tough ask for Motherwell to take anything from Parkhead and Robinson knows he’ll need a few things to fall for his side. He’s also backing last season’s midfield playmaker, Liam Polworth, to step up and fill the Turnbull hole in midfield.


“Yes, hopefully we don’t come up against him,” said Robinson of facing Turnbull. “Whoever Celtic put on that pitch, they are going to have players of that calibre. We know it will be a difficult game, no matter what result they had midweek.

Motherwell v Glentoran - UEFA Europa League: First Qualifying Round

Polworth backed to step up. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“It doesn’t matter, they are a top, top side. We need to be at the top of our game. Hopefully our result will have buoyed a lot of players, strikers feed off goals, and hopefully that will kickstart a few people into form.

“You’re in football for these games. It’s a tough task, you need Celtic to have an off day and you need your goalkeeper to have a very good day. That’s the reality when you go to Celtic Park. But we go there with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

“I think we are ok in midfield. We finished third without David last year, so I think Liam has already shown his quality. He’s shown that he can step in. David is an excellent footballer and very hard to replace, but Polworth has shown he can step up, with Mark O’Hara, Allan Campbell, plus Liam Donnelly to come back as well.”

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