Motherwell boss McCall aims for Celtic Cup final shock

Stuart McCall
McCall won the Scottish Cup three times as a player with Rangers

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall insists his side will hold no fears going into Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Celtic.

Neil Lennon's side saw the Scottish Premier League title slip away last weekend and McCall thinks his team can add to their misery.

"Sport, football, everywhere is littered with the underdogs rising," the Fir Park boss said.

"It can be done but it's all about the players being the best they can be."

McCall can draw from experiences during his own playing career for inspiration.

"I remember my debut for Scotland against Argentina, the World Cup holders at the time. Nobody gave us a prayer but we won," he said.

"I was playing for Bradford and we had to beat Liverpool in the last game to stay up in the Premiership. They were going for the Champions League spot and had Owen, Gerrard, top players, and we managed to win."

The former Rangers midfielder thinks his players have enough experience of their own to handle the club's first Scottish Cup final appearance in 20 years.

He added: "The one thing we can take into it is that, since I've been here, there have been four or five outstanding performances and we know we've got that in the team we send out.

"We can look back to the [League Cup] semi-final against Rangers, the two cup games against Dundee United, beating Celtic here", McCall commented.

"But on Saturday we've got to be looking forward and go at it and give the best we've got."

McCall paid tribute to his players performances this season. Motherwell finished in the top six in the league and have reached their first domestic cup final since 2005.

"It will be down to the players. They have been outstanding this season and if they are at their best we have the chance to cause an upset," he said.

"We've got a lot of young boys but the experience of the European games helped them, as did the two games at Hampden already.

"There should be no stage-fright, everyone is really focused."

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