No fear for Motherwell coach despite tall order awaiting against Postecoglou's Celtic

By Dave Flanigan

September 29, 2022

Motherwell assistant coach Brian Kerr has insisted that the Steelmen will arrive at Celtic Park on Saturday believing that they can secure a result, despite Ange Postecoglou‘s side’s recent form.

The Lanarkshire side have blown hot and cold in the league so far this season, winning impressively at Pittodrie but losing at Kilmarnock and at home to St Johnstone before last week’s 3-0 home defeat to Hearts.

Kerr has been involved behind the scenes at Motherwell since 2019, promoted to assistant under new manager Steven Hammell, and the former midfielder believes that his team have shown enough recently despite mixed results to suggest that they can trouble the champions.

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As reported by The Daily Record, he said:  “We know Celtic have been playing well this season and looking at the Real Madrid match the other week, they were excellent for most of the game. It was just the little moments in front of goal that was the difference between them and one of the best teams in Europe right now.

“So we know we are in for a tough game but we also know that we are playing well, playing good football, and at Fir Park, especially, we are looking strong.

“It is important we go in with a belief we can win it. There’s no point going in fearful. We will have a game plan, we will be prepared and we will look at the ways we think we can hurt Celtic.

“We know that will be difficult because of the players they’ve got, but it is up to us to find a way.”

Motherwell have a fixture-dense month awaiting them, including a second game against the Hoops in the Premier Sports Cup in three weeks time, with a third following before the league pauses for the World Cup, and Kerr is hoping that his side can put some form together going into the break:

“We know over the course of October there is a really tough run but we’ve proven in the past that tough runs are where Motherwell seem to do really well.

“It’s important we keep picking up positive results over the next few weeks and it is the old cliché of taking one game at a time, seeing where we are.

“These are the games the players look forward to, the games they want to be part of and hopefully we go and give a good account of ourselves so that going into November, we’re in a good place.”

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Motherwell currently sit 8th in the table, having recovered from a horror start to the season that led to the dismissal of Graham Alexander before a ball was kicked in the league.

The Steelmen last won at Celtic Park in 2015 courtesy of a Louis Moult double, but have struggled for results in Glasgow’s East End in recent seasons and were on the receiving end of a 6-0 battering on trophy day to close last season.

Celtic will look to bounce back from their shock 2-0 defeat to St Mirren in Paisley last time out to maintain their two point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

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