Can Motherwell reverse the trend at Ibrox?

Last updated : 06 April 2009 By Firparkcorner
In league history our record at Rangers' home ground is nothing short of an embarrassment. From 104 attempts we have taken maximum points on only 9 occasions.

The last time Motherwell took the spoils at Ibrox was in May 1997 when Owen Coyle's double delayed the nine-in-a-row party. His second goal was penalty - a rarity for visiting teams. The win was badly needed as we were hoping to avoid the playoffs but there was just as much joy on the homeward buses because we pooped the party.

Under a Well flag at Ibrox

We had a 0-2 win in April 1995 (Arnott and McSkimming) and an Arnott double gave us a 1-2 win in October 1993. Wee Dougie was a regular scorer against Rangers and we finished 93/94 in third place (4 points ahead of Celtic).

For the record, the other league wins at Ibrox were

1986/67 0-1
1983/84 1-2
1959/60 0-2
1956/57 2-3
1927/28 0-2
1906/07 0-1

Probably the must famous triumph, and a date that stands proud in Motherwell folklore, is the Scottish Cup replay which took place on Wednesday 1 March 1961. We had produced a great fight back from a two goal deficit at Fir Park and 90,000 turned up for the replay. Few could have predicted the outcome especially when Rangers held a 2-1 lead. A thunderbolt free kick from Pat Delaney set us on the way before a double from Roberts and one from St John gave us the famous 5-2 win. Unfortunately we lost 1-0 to Airdrie in the quarter final!

If we could gain the tenth league win at the weekend we would go a long way to clinching sixth place and keep the outside chance of a Europa Cup adventure alive.