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Summary

  1. Scottish Premiership Play-off final
  2. FT: Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (agg 5-1)
  3. Goalkeeping blunder gifts Johnson a goal
  4. Ainsworth adds second for home side
  5. Sutton adds penalty in stoppage time
  6. Mohsni and Erwin clash after final whistle

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Well, what a stormy end we had to the end of the domestic football season. Some might say it was typical of Scottish football to mar a great occasion with a bit of fisty cuffs at the end, but it didn't half make it exciting and will provide a fair few column inches in the coming days as the ramifications reverberate around Hampden, Fir Park and Ibrox.

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Jackie Burnett: "How unprofessional stewards needed to separate players. Shocking finish."

Euan Wilkinson: "Sutton scores in the 90th as Rangers concede their 6th goal. That takes me back 15 years."

Strachanovich: "Scottish football salutes Motherwell."

HappyGa: "You beauties! Congrats to Well. What a championship next season. Hibs to win it!"

Doug Mac : Quality showed in both games."

Gareth Brennan: ""Stramash" Surely tops any list of words that simply do not get used enough in journalism."

James@drum: "Motherwell deserved the win so congrats. to be honest, over the season, Rangers never earned the right to mix it in the Premiership."

David Steel: "A decent couple of months can't make up for a whole season of crap, we didn't deserve it."

Eric Smith: "McCall - Not taking anything away from Motherwell, they were the better team, but three goals were deflections. LOL."

We are hearing that there have been three red cards issued by referee Craig Thomson after the final whistle. Not surprisingly, they are Rangers' Bilel Mohsni and Motherwell pair Lee Erwin and Fraser Kerr, the latter having rushed in to defend Erwin and having a hair-pulling tussle with the Tunisian.

Meanwhile, Richard Gordon on BBC Radio Scotland is reporting that Erwin is saying it sparked off when he offered his hand to Mohsni and was told where to go in no uncertain terms.

Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough on BBC Radio Scotland

"There's a lot of emotions gone through in the last few weeks and you have to celebrate in some way.

"It would have been catastrophic to go down and have to build ourselves back up.

"The scoreline speaks for itself and the boys were absolutely magnificent.

"I don't know what went in there and we don't need that. There's been an outpouring of emotions and it has gone too far.

"For one or two individuals to tarnish it is a shame."

BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young is saying it was mayhem in the tunnel after the final whistle as Bilel Mohsni was hauled away. He is saying that Rangers manager Stuart McCall also had an exchange of words with a Motherwell fan shouting at the Rangers player. Another humdrum day in Scottish football!

Bilel Mohsni lashes out at Lee Erwin
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Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni lashed out at Motherwell striker Lee Erwin

Stuart McCall on his future as Rangers manager

"I've enjoyed the last few months. If anyone said when I came in that we would still be playing today, I would have snapped it up.

"I think we have done a decent job and it just hasn't been good enough.

"Recruitment is going to be key next season. My past record shows that I can recruit people and get the best out of them.

"The scouting network is non-existent and a head of recruitment is essential."

Stuart McCall making it clear that he wants to continue in the job but perhaps hinting that he thinks he has a fight on his hand to convince his employers, who said they would revue the situation at the end of the season.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

"Everyone will remember the last 30 minutes, but the important thing was the all important first goal.

"It was a wicked deflection and Cammy was unable to deal with it.

"If you see it, it was just unfortunate. A lucky goal, not down to anything from the players. That killed us.

"I am not taking anything away from Motherwell, they were the better team over the two games, but three of the goals were deflections."

Motherwell players are coming back out on to the pitch for rousing reception from their fans.

That sad finish to the game almost overshadowed the fact that Motherwell have extended their 30-year stay in the Scottish top flight. They never approached the quality they had in previous seasons, but it was still enough to secure a deserved win over Rangers.

Rangers must rebuild in a second attempt to escape the Championship.

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Colin Hunter: "Why is anyone surprised by Motherwell result? Motherwell are the premiership team..better quality."

William McGrath: "32 in the sun and Motherwell winning, free bar in hotel, life does not get any better?"

James Taylor: "Hope Motherwell go bust. If they can afford to throw away money with all they empty seats. Tit for tat? Idiots."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

"To react like that, there are no excuses. Mohsni is an embarrassment. I don't know why Stuart McCall put him on as he has been a liability this season."

FT: Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (Agg: 6-1)

Disgraceful scenes at the final whistle as Rangers substitute Bilel Mohsni clashes in an ugly scene with Motherwell striker Lee Erwin, After what seems like an exchange of words, Erwin pushes Mohsni in the back and the Tunisian reacts by launches a kick then a punch at the Motherwell man's head. There's then a good old-fashioned stramash by a group of players as Motherwell fans invade the pitch to celebrate.

GOAL

Motherwell 3-0 Rangers (John Sutton, pen)

Well finish with a flurry, with Lee Erwin being pulled down by Lee Wallace and John Sutton scores from the penalty spot.

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Hazel Gilluley: "M'well have every right to celebrate a good win. Outclassed Rangers despite the gulf in budgets. A great team performance."

Andrew The Plane: "Rangers have shown no character of a top side. Their drab performance epitomises years of failure."

Gordon: "Won't be any easier next year with Hibs or Rangers aiming for automatic promotion one of them could face third season out."

Motherwell 2-0 Rangers (Agg 5-1)

Rangers midfielder Andy Murdoch fires a powerful effort that George Long saves. The first threat to the goalkeeper in the second half.

Motherwell 2-0 Rangers (Agg 5-1)

The official attendance is 9,220 at Fir Park. The stand behind one of the goals is empty because of the club's decision to limit the number of Rangers fans in response to the lack of tickets given to Motherwell fans at Ibrox. The home club will probably say they were justified in losing some revenue to not only make a point but also limit the backing Rangers have had at Fir Park.

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Lee Hannah: "Motherwell deserve to stay up. This Rangers squad would struggle against relegation. A full overhaul is thoroughly needed."

Dougie Kinnear: "To be fair, Stuart McCall said last year he would do his best to keep Motherwell in the Top Flight! Mission Accomplished!" Cruel!

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark McGhee

"One thing you have to say is that this result shows the difference in quality between the Championship and the Premiership."

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 2-0 Rangers (Agg 5-1)

Rangers right-back Ricky Foster is a lucky boy. He has had a torrid time in the second half and gets away with a yellow card after a blatant kick that halts Marvin Johnson in his tracks.

Motherwell 2-0 Rangers (Agg 5-1)

Motherwell substitute John Sutton goes close to increase the lead, but the striker's low shot is saved by Cammy Bell after it almost slips under the goalkeeper's body.

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

"Rangers have come up short. There are some tired legs after six games in 22 days. The one thing you can't say about Stuart McCall's team is that they haven't worked their socks off."

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GR_7: "Sums Scottish football up. Celebrating being the worst team in the league like a cup win."

Anthony Marshall: "Rangers look set for another season in the wilderness. Can only get harder as time goes on for them to get promoted."

Kaptain.OFF: "Rangers have been appalling over both legs. No end product and no creativity. Not ready for top flight."

Craig Surgeon: "Looks like another year of building for us (Rangers) unfortunately, not good enough."

Craig Williamson: "Rangers an embarrassment to the Championship. Wrong team in the final."

5iveTimes: "Traffic Scotland reporting potential delays in the Ibrox area adding at least a year to your journey."

Marvin Johnson opened the scoring for Motherwell
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Marvin Johnson has had a hand in both Motherwell goals against Rangers

GOAL

Motherwell 2-0 Rangers (Lionel Ainsworth)

It is all over now. Marvin Johnson again rampages down the Rangers right and lays it on a plate for Lionel Ainsworth and the winger's shot from the edge of the penalty box takes a deflection - off hapless Marius Zaliukas - once more and past the despairing Cammy Bell.

Motherwell 1-0 Rangers (Agg 4-1)

Haris Vuckic has sprung to life with a curling effort from 18 yards, but it is straight at goalkeeper George Long. But it all seems too late.

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James: "Best goal scored ever."

Bombay: "We don't deserve to go up. Motherwell have been the better team over the two legs."

Robert Gray: "Someone explain to me what Cammy Bell was thinking there."

Grant Steven: "Dodgy Keeper!"

Tom Gardner: "Comical goalkeeping by the Rangers custodian. That should really go down as Bell o.g."

Motherwell 1-0 Rangers (Agg 4-1)

Haris Vuckic has been disappointing for Rangers, the on-loan Newcastle United midfielder failing to stamp his quality on the game. However, he fires in a dangerous low cross that Josh Law almost deflects into his own net.

Motherwell 1-0 Rangers (Agg 4-1)

Captain Lee McCulloch looks to inspire Rangers with an athletic hitch-kick from a corner, but his effort flies a couple of feet over the crossbar following a corner.

Motherwell 1-0 Rangers (Agg 4-1)

Another change for Rangers as Kris Boyd is hauled off - perhaps a sad end to the record scorer's Rangers career - with Nicky Clark taking his place up front.

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Jean: "I'm a Caley fan, Motherwell my home town... hubby and oldest son both Motherwell supporters and the rest of my family are Rangers fans, but I hope Motherwell do this and stay up - Rangers are not untouchable. Come on you Well!"

John: "What a punch."

Motherwell 1-0 Rangers (Agg 4-1)

Rangers manager Stuart McCall makes a quick change, with Tom Walsh replacing Shane Ferguson.

GOAL

Motherwell 1-0 Rangers (Marvin Johnson)

Cammy Bell fails to keep out a deflected strike
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Howler alert! A shot from Marvin Johnson from 18 yards takes a wicked deflection and flies high towards the Rangers goal. Backtracking goalkeeper Cammy Bell ought to have gathered easily, but he makes an awkward swipe at it with his right arm and instead punches it into the back of his own net.

YELLOW CARD

Motherwell 0-0 Rangers

Scott McDonald is the first Motherwell player to be booked after a late challenge on Haris Vuckic.

Motherwell 0-0 Rangers

Richard Foster is having a nightmare. Moments after a poor pass back, the right-back is dispossessed by Marvin Johnson but manages to rescue the situation with a tackle inside the area that concedes a corner.

KICK-OFF

Motherwell 0-0 Rangers

Motherwell kick off in the Lanarkshire sunshine and, unless Rangers can change the course of events, we are 45 minutes away from the status quo - the Glasgow side remaining in the Championship and the Fir Park outfit extending their 30-year stay in Scotland top flight.

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at Fir Park

"It has been a riveting, and firefly-contested, at Fir Park but little quality or composure. Rangers need to deliver more crosses to put the Motherwell defence under pressure, while the home side need to bring Ainsworth and Johnson into the game more."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Mark McGhee

"Of the two managers, Stuart McCall will be the more pleased. He will say keep this tempo, Kris Boyd has one or two chances. I can see Rangers winning this game, but can they win it by two goals? I don't know."

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Derek Ferguson

"Rangers have just got too excited in and around the area. It is how I thought it would be, tight and exciting. The quality is probably not there, but you are on the edge of your seat."