Colin O’Neill: Motherwell can win the Betfred Cup

By Lewis Birrell

Colin O’Neill reckons Motherwell can win the Betfred Cup on Sunday if they get in Celtic’s faces.

O’Neill made 64 appearances for the Lanarkshire club and was part of their Scottish Cup winning side in 1991.

The Northern Irishman was famed for his aggressive style of play and wants to see similar from the class of 2017 on Sunday.

“I think Motherwell should do alright, I hope they do.” He said.

“You need to keep it tight at the start. If you sit back that Celtic team will destroy you. You’ve got to go at them.”

Motherwell have won 7 of their 13 League matches so far this season and sit 5th in the Scottish Premiership table. This time last season the club were lingering around the relegation zone.

O’Neill hailed the club’s decision to sack Mark McGhee and replace him with Stephen Robinson.

“Robinson’s got them playing again. They didn’t play for McGhee.

“At the 25th anniversary of the club winning the cup there was none of the first team there, and he wasn’t there.

“They were all off with the flu, how can the whole team take the flu? So he said he didn’t want to bring them up to the dinner.

“He just didn’t want to go to the dinner because nobody likes him. I was told a couple of the players didn’t like him.”

The 54-year-old netted a famous goal against Celtic in the 1991 Scottish Cup final and insists the current Celtic team are nothing on the one he faced.

“When I first went over and played against Celtic, they had Mcavennie, McStay, Tommy Burns, McGhee was even there.

“That was the best Celtic team I’d say. Billy McNeil at the end of his era was a good team.

“I couldn’t even name you anybody in their team now, except from that wee rat bag Scott Brown. I’d have loved to play against him.”


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