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BBC Sport's Iain Turner
"Rangers had too much guile for Motherwell"
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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"The result was the most important thing."
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Motherwell manager Billy Davies
"We need to keep focused on our games."
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Sunday, 10 December, 2000, 18:04 GMT
Rangers stutter past 'Well
Bert Konterman claimed his first goal for Rangers
Bert Konterman claimed his first goal for Rangers
Rangers 2-0 Motherwell

Rangers moved into third spot in the SPL table with a rather lacklustre win over Motherwell at Ibrox.

Bert Konterman headed his first goal for Rangers towards the end of the first half and captain Barry Ferguson bagged a second in the 78th minute to ensure maximum points for Dick Advocaat's men.

Rangers will be satisfied with the victory but, although they dominated much of the game and had several key players missing, it was a far from impressive performance.

Motherwell seldom troubled the Rangers defence and tailed off poorly after a promising start to what was a poor game.

Advocaat made six alterations to the team that went out of the Uefa Cup in Kaiserslautern on Thursday.

Suspended

With Lorenzo Amoruso, Arthur Numan and Claudio Reyna all suspended in came Tony Vidmar, Neil McCann and Allan Johnston.

Michael Mols replaced Rod Wallace up front alongside Tore Andre Flo, who had been cup-tied, and Ferguson regained the captain's armband following suspension.

Motherwell made changes too, with former Ibrox hero Andy Goram restored in goal at Stevie Woods' expense.

There was also a debut for 21-year-old midfielder Keith Lasley.

The opening stages of the game were very scrappy with neither goalkeeper being troubled. Motherwell were moving the ball around with confidence without finding an end product, while the home side appeared strangely subdued.

In the 18th minute Flo got in the way of what would have been a stunning goal when Konterman played a 50-yard pass to Mols who turned on the byline to set up Johnston, who took aim and saw his effort bounce off the Norwegian international.

Hobble off

Flo, who was wearing heavy strapping on his right thigh, had to hobble off after just 25 minutes. Tugay came off the Rangers bench with McCann joining Mols up front.

Barry Ferguson headed home the second goal
Barry Ferguson headed home the second goal
Motherwell defender Benito Kemble was forced to leave the field six minutes later with Ange Oueifio replacing him.

Mols twice set up Jorg Albertz with excellent chances but on both occasions the ball was blazed over the bar.

In the 39th minute the goal did come when Konterman headed home an Albertz corner.

Hopelessly astray

Passes from the normally reliable Albertz and Ferguson were going hopelessly astray and McCann's crosses were of poor quality. Only Mols shone in a drab match.

Martyn Corrigan gifted the ball to Albertz but he fired across goal and wide and the big German was replaced by Billy Dodds in the 68th minute.

Scott Leitch was clattered by Dodds and immediately replaced by Derek Adams. Soon after, John Spencer came on for Kevin Twaddle.

With 12 minutes of the match remaining Fergson settled the nerves of the Ibrox faithful when he headed home a wonderful cross from Tugay.


Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Konterman, Wilson, Vidmar, Ferguson, McCann, Johnston, Albertz, Mols, Flo.

Subs: Christensen, Dodds, Tugay, Carson, Ross.

Motherwell: Goram, Corrigan, Kemble, Strong, Hammell, Leitch, Twaddle, Lasley, Brannan, McCulloch, Elliott.

Subs: Woods, Spencer, Nicholas, Adams, Oueifio.

Referee: T Brown

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