"We will be ready for them"; Motherwell aiming for Celtic cup shock

By Dave Flanigan

September 8, 2022

Motherwell youngster Stuart McKinstry has welcomed the Steelmen’s difficult Premier Sports Cup draw against Ange Postecoglou’s high-flying Celtic, and is looking to shock the holders when they come calling at Fir Park next month.

The 19 year old on-loan from Leeds made his debut in Motherwell’s 4-0 win over Inverness last round, and is gunning for the country’s top side, despite the Hoops being heavy favourites to make the semi-finals at Hampden Park after the World Cup.

As reported by The Daily Record, he said: “You’ve got to play them at some point so why that make it early and at home? I think there is no better team to come here and play right now.

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“They are obviously in good form at the moment, but I think as a team we will be ready for them when the time comes. It’s still a wee while away so we’ve got more time to work as a team and get the new players bedded in more. I’m ready for it and hopefully it can turn out to be a good night for us.”

The game, which is scheduled to be played on the 19th of October has already been the subject of controversy as it’s been scheduled for a midweek 6:15pm kick-off so Premier Sports can televise two ties on the same evening, presenting a travel nightmare for many home and away supporters alike.

Motherwell’s CEO Alan Burrows took to Twitter to explain that concerns were raised by both clubs at the proposed kickoff time, and that Premier Sports confirmed that the games would only run concurrently on separate channels if Celtic’s clash with the Steelmen went to extra-time and ran into the later Rangers – Dundee tie.

It’s another slap in the face to fans of Scottish football, particularly those who regularly travel to follow their team, with the match almost certainly now an impossibility for some to make due to work commitments.

Whilst Celtic will still have a strong support in fine voice in Fir Park’s away end, it’s frustrating that yet again, the lifeblood of Scottish football treated with the utmost disdain by those at the top of the game.

In other news: Chris Sutton responds to Ange Postecoglou English Premier League chatter with firm Celtic verdict