After reading what Motherwell captain Peter Hartley has to say about this Sunday’s clash at Fir Park, it is obvious that a strong referee will be required to stop Glasgow Rangers getting kicked from pillar to post.
Ryan Jack had to undergo knee surgery after being crocked by Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre last December, and was out for six months due to the horror tackle.
Rangers midfielder Jack maintained that Kipre waited for him to get the ball and had a chance to hurt him and he did, he insists it was not an unlucky challenge, it was malicious.
Hartley’s warning is there won’t be much respect shown to the Ibrox club in this next league encounter.
Former Rangers defender Fabio Cardoso was injured in a clash with Motherwell forward Ryan Bowman in the League Cup semi-final in October, breaking the Portuguese’s nose.
The Lanarkshire team were extremely rough with several challenges that bordered on straight red cards.
In the aftermath of that infamous semi-final, Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson dismissed all the criticism and admits his men were up for the cup game, but were not a “dirty” team.
Hartley admits that the semi-final was indeed a fiery clash. There was only one team doing all the fouling with late challenges and elbows flying.
A weak Rangers team were completely knocked off their stride and couldn’t cope with the treatment dished out, and he was right – they couldn’t stand up to Motherwell’s over the top aggression.
According to Hartley, he expects another ‘fiery clash’ when the sides meet at Fir Park this Sunday. Perhaps the head of the referees might have a word with the whistler for this upcoming game, to keep a lookout for any unfair and over enthusiastic tackles flying in.
Hartley insists when Motherwell play Rangers his side make sure they become “tasty encounters”.
Obviously the Rangers fans notice the tactics, I wish the refs would too.