Betfred League Cup Final preview

By Andrew Scott

MOTHERWELL take on Celtic on Sunday in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden. While the Steelmen will be playing in their first final since 2011, the hoops will be looking to retain the cup and claim the first trophy on offer this season.

Brendan Rodgers’ bhoys will be looking to bounce back with a win after their humiliating 7-1 defeat to PSG on Wednesday. Motherwell on the other hand are fresh off an impressive 2-0 win against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday.

But when it’s a cup final form goes out the window and anything can happen. The last time these two met in a final was in 2011 when Celtic won convincingly in a 3-0 Scottish Cup win.

This time round, however, Motherwell insists that they are more than able to challenge Celtic for the cup and that the mentality instilled by Stephen Robinson means that they will go in to the game with no fear.

In an interview, Celtic fan and host of the Celtic podcast, ‘The Celtic Dreams Show’, ‘Big G’ claimed that the game on a Sunday is bigger than the game against PSG on Wednesday night.

He said: “I think when it comes to silverware, Sunday is the bigger game, I think it’ll be a harder game on the Sunday than the game against PSG,

For the simple reason that the way Motherwell are playing, a lot more determination, a lot more aggressive football this year and young talent from the forwards so I think it’s going to be a harder game on Sunday.”

Although he is under no illusion that this will be an easy game for the Scottish champions, he believes it will be a tough and physical encounter.

“I think fitness will be the difference between Celtic and Motherwell, it’s a bigger pitch and I think that’s going to be Motherwell’s downfall is just the fitness levels. Although I think it’ll be a very hard game on Sunday, a close game.” He said.

The podcast host highlighted that a weakness in Celtics game is that they more often than not play from the back and that the Steelmen could exploit this.

He said: “If Motherwell go out and don’t let Celtic from the back then it’ll limit chances and that’s what they need to do.”

But even although he thinks it’ll be a close game, he still thinks that the ‘Well will be no match for the boys in green.

“I think it will be 2-0 to Celtic, I think it’ll be over 90 minutes and I think Celtic will score the two goals in the last 15 minutes.”

Celtic will be looking to bounce back on Sunday and to make a statement to their fans reassuring that the PSG result will just be nothing but a blimp on another successful season. Motherwell on the other hand, will be looking to win their first piece of silverware since 1991.

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