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Forget thrashing, Stuart McCall urges Motherwell

Stuart McCall looks concerned at Ibrox
McCall's side were swept aside by goal-happy Rangers

Stuart McCall says his side must dismiss the 6-0 thrashing by Rangers and look to what he considers a more important game with Aberdeen.

McCall's Motherwell on Tuesday face an Aberdeen side with whom they will be competing for a top-six finish.

"We've got to regroup and regroup quickly and go to a more important game, if you like, at Aberdeen," the manager told BBC Scotland.

"We struggled to shape up a side until this morning with the injuries we had."

Steven Naismith put Rangers ahead after five minutes at Ibrox.

"We didn't want to concede an early goal to a side who, if they get an early goal, they have players who can destroy you and that's what happened," said McCall.

It was a sore one. It is how we react to this

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

"I did feel, after the first five to 10 minutes, we did start getting back into the game.

"Steve Jones had a chance and hit the side-netting and Chris Sutton's headed inches over with a terrific move and, at that stage, the crowd were getting a bit tense and anxious and we were beginning to put some passes together and then we got hit with a sucker punch.

"Then we lose another straight after from a free-kick."

Nikica Jelavic went on to score a hat-trick as Rangers narrowed the gap on Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic.

"If you give them too much time and space, they can carve you up - and that's what they did," said McCall.

"We had a lot of young kids out there. Hutchinson will probably never play against a better player than Jelavic in his whole career.

"When you come to tough venues, if you get a chance, you have to take them as you don't get many, and we didn't take them.

"So it was a sore one. It is how we react to this.

"We go up to Pittodrie on Tuesday and we've got Hamilton and St Mirren, back-to-back home games and that's what we've got to look to."

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Rangers 6-0 Motherwell
12 Feb 11 |  Scottish Premier

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