Controversy was a talking point at Fir Park as Motherwell fell victim of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Rangers.
Nikola Katic and Alfredo Morelos did the damage for Rangers but that wasn’t the main talking point. The Colombian was sent off for goading the Well fans after his strike, with the home crowd launching various objects at him.
There was a scuffle as the players headed down the tunnel at half time too and elsewhere, Liam Donnelly was perhaps lucky to stay on the park after a cynical foul on Morelos.
No real damage was inflicted upon Motherwell at Fir Park as they remain fourth in the league, not going down in terrible fashion against their Glasgow foes.
Here are three things we learned.
Too much respect
In the first 15 minutes Motherwell had a go and perhaps should have had the lead. Chris Long rounded Allan McGregor but his cutback found no takers. After that, the Steelmen sat back.
The aggressive high pressing nature fans had come to love was gone. Instead, Rangers were allowed time on the ball, moving the ball around as they pleased whilst creating chances.
This could only go on for so long before the Gers scored and eventually they did. Motherwell didn’t do much after this point either. Perhaps sticking to their roots would have suited them better, even if that risked a potential hammering.
Gillespie keeps the game alive
Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie was giving Stephen Robinson’s side the chance to take something from this game. His saves were keeping Rangers at bay under mounting pressure.
He couldn’t do anything about either Gers goal but he did make some eye catching saves. His free kick save from Borna Barisic in the final moments was particularly brilliant.
It was a good day for Gillespie who perhaps didn’t deserve to be on the losing team.
Motherwell’s Rangers rot continues
It’s now 11 games without a win for Motherwell against Rangers. Yes they are never going to be favourites for these games, but it’s on rare occasion these days that the Well manage to lay a glove on the Gers.
This was never going to be the day that ended on the first half’s basis alone, barring a major performance revamp. They were easily penetrated in defence and little pressure was put on Rangers.
Motherwell are enjoying a brilliant season and this off day doesn’t take away from that or the players, but they may look back on this as a missed opportunity.