Hapoel Be’er Sheva presented Motherwell with a challenge on Thursday night – but Rangers hand the Steelmen a bigger one according to Stephen Robinson.
The Northern Irishman’s side come into this battle with Rangers, their fourth game in 10 days, off the back of a Europa League exit. They lost 3-0 to Be’er Sheva in Israel, but did themselves no harm with the performance.
Despite arguably being the better team in spells, not much was coming Motherwell’s way in the third round qualifier. But it gives Robinson’s squad a ‘taste’ of that level of football as he looks ahead to a tougher encounter against Rangers.
“We have got a way of playing that we think can win football matches and Sunday will be no different,” said Robinson. “I think it will be an even harder game. I believe Rangers are a better side than what we faced on Thursday so it’s another tough ask.
“That’s the taste of it. I think there were only two players in our whole team who had experienced European football – Tony Watt and Stephen O’Donnell, who went out in the first round so it wasn’t too much of an experience.
“Small things can be the difference. We contained them and they didn’t have any opportunities in the first half outside the chance that they had.
“We had the better chances, Tony Watt has a great a chance before they score. There’s a little bit of regret in there. It’s a real naive, young squad. I said to them I want more of that.
“I’m not quite happy just to plod about in mid-table, we have to aim for the same again. It will be very difficult to replicate but that’s our aim.”