Now Is The Time

25 December 2010 09:46
Motherwell need to put the brake on poor results The man in charge of Motherwell, while the club search for a successor to Craig Brown,  Gordon Young sees the festive period as the perfect opportunity for the team to rejuvenate their season following a difficult six weeks. Motherwell have taken just one point from their last three league games. Hearts, Inverness and Kilmarnock have all overtaken Motherwell in recent weeks, although the Steelmen have only played once since 20 November. Young will still be in charge of team affairs for the Boxing Day meeting against Rangers, the first part of an Old Firm double header. After Celtic on Wednesday, Motherwell then play Hamilton in a New Year derby before a televised Scottish Cup fourth-round contest against Dundee. Young said: "The players will be looking forward to the next batch of fixtures. We've got Rangers, Celtic, Hamilton Accies and then away to Dundee in the cup. That's a great platform for us to get back on track. I thought we needed the game against Hearts, we hadn't played for three-and-a-half weeks. Subsequently we have organised a bounce game against Celtic and then played St Mirren. So we have had a proper week's training and preparation for the game. Other than being on the grass which everybody would like, I don't think we would have changed to much else." Motherwell have not beaten Rangers since Boxing Day 2002 when James McFadden scored the only goal against Stefan Klos. But the five most recent SPL games between the sides at Fir Park have ended in draws and Young believes the stage is set for an entertaining tussle. He said: "There have been quite a few draws in that period. Motherwell historically has been a hard place for the old Firm to visit because of the tightness of the arena and the fans' reaction towards the game. Eight years is a long time but getting a victory on Sunday would be fantastic. As a fan, I think you will be desperate to get out. Everyone has Christmas Day with their family and traditionally Boxing Day has been a time to meet up with your pals and go for a drink and go and watch your local team. The fact that it's Motherwell against Rangers adds a wee bit of spice and I think it will be a great spectacle. Hopefully we can up the notch a wee bit and beat them this time." Editor Ger Harley ( Team ( is Scottish-Fitba.Net