Motherwell boss expecting to beat Celtic tomorrow

By John McGinley

October 15, 2021

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has expectancy that his team will beat Celtic at Fir Park tomorrow.

Ange Postecoglou and the Bhoys travel to Lanarkshire looking to pick up a second successive win in the Scottish Premiership.

However, it’s set to be a tough 90 minutes. Alexander has full belief in his team and their ability to pick up a win of their own.

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Asked by reporters if that is what he was expecting come 5pm tomorrow, the ‘Well boss said, as quoted by The Daily Record: “Yeah, of course. If I didn’t think that, what’s the point in me being here? There’s no point. I know the challenges. I know the toughness. But if we don’t win the game, I will 100% be disappointed.

“If you go and play for a Celtic or Rangers, you are expected to win every game. That expectancy is there from the moment you walk in the door.

“So why can’t other clubs have that expectancy within their four walls? We have to put ourselves under pressure. We want to be under pressure. You can either be scared of that pressure or you can engage with it. You can show why you want to be a professional player, or a manager.

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“For me, it’s an expectancy. I’ve managed clubs where there is an expectancy to win. But if that wasn’t there, I probably don’t join those clubs.”

These comments will no doubt go down well with his club’s supporters. They’ll be into this kind of belief more than the usual soundbites you hear from managers before playing Celtic or Rangers. Some sound defeated before we visit.

Given Motherwell’s position in the table, above Celtic, you can understand why Alexander is bullish.

However, it’s up to the Bhoys to set the tempo tomorrow and show why we’re a team to be frightened of this season. Celtic haven’t done that often enough this term.

Until we do that, coaches like Alexander are going to talk up their team’s chances.

Everyone knows that Celtic, on top form, can blow most teams in the country away. But can we reach those standards tomorrow against a confident Motherwell?

In other news, The latest on Celtic’s Josip Juranovic and his hamstring injury.