Well Look To Double Up Success

By Ed_ScottishFitba
Last updated : 12 April 2008

Motherwell boss Mark McGhee is keen to see his men improve on their Parkhead display if they are to repeat their win over Celtic at Fir Park. It was just one goal, scored by Simon Lappin in the first half, which separated the sides last weekend. The Steelmen managed to get all three points despite having Bob Malcolm sent off five minutes into the second half. But last week's game is consigned to history and McGhee knows it will have no bearing on the return match at Fir Park on Sunday. He said: "Celtic are always dangerous opposition for any of us and I don't think Sunday will be any different. If Celtic were to beat us and then beat Rangers on Wednesday night, I think Celtic would be talking about the possibility of still winning the championship. Gordon Strachan will know that and therefore it's going to be very dangerous for us. We are going to have to be at our best and we are certainly going to have to be better than we were in the first half hour of that game at Parkhead, where we were lucky not to be two down before we scored."

Lappin scored after a 30-minute spell when Motherwell had been outplayed for probably the first time against the Old Firm this season. They had attacked well at Celtic earlier in the season before Scott McDonald's goal just before half-time set Celtic on their way to a 3-0 win. McGhee said: "
If we could combine the performance from the first half at Parkhead first time round with the result you would be looking at an outstanding Motherwell performance, but sometimes it doesn't work like that." Motherwell have rediscovered their spark with successive wins over Hibs and Celtic following a five-game run without a victory. McGhee had hoped to build on that with some warm weather training in Spain this week. But, after a wet winter littered with postponed games and flooded training sessions, Malaga was like Motherwell for the week as thunder storms struck their base. McGhee said: "Even when we are away from Motherwell, the rain follows us. The weather literally put a dampener on it in that we had hoped for a lot of leisure time and a bit of relaxation. Instead, we were stuck indoors in between training and the golf was rained off. So that was a shame but the boys behaved themselves, we got some good training and it was a change of scenery."

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