Motherwell's Stuart McCall says Rangers were too good

Stuart McCall
McCall's side were thrashed 5-0 by Rangers at Fir Park

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall dismissed suggestions that his players failed to perform in their 5-0 hammering by Rangers at Fir Park.

The former Rangers midfielder felt the score failed to represent his side's first-half performance.

"Celtic supporters will look at the score and rightly think 'what the hell is going on?'," said McCall

"But anyone who is at the game today, you'll see Rangers just got the better of us and just got stronger."

Rangers' Kyle Lafferty fired the opener after 18 minutes, then Steven Davis extended the lead six minutes after the break with a low drive from just inside the box.

Nikica Jelavic headed home from close range 12 minutes later and Steven Naismith powered in two more, on 76 minutes and in stoppage time.

It was the fourth time this season that Motherwell had lost four or more goals to the Ibrox side and McCall acknowledged his side were outplayed in the second half.

"I think some of the Rangers goals were outstanding," said McCall. "If their best players are at the top of of their game, they're hard to live with.

"In the first half, we more than matched them and we had better chances, but what was disappointing was the second-half performance."

McCall also refused to be drawn on whether referee Mike Tumelty allowed play to continue when fouls could have been awarded ahead of Rangers' first and third goals.

"If you've been beaten 1-0, you can moan about refereeing decisions," he said.

"When you've been stuffed like we have, you can't really moan about it.

"There were a couple of key decisions that went against us, but it's really disappointing because the lads have been great since I've been here.

"But I'm gutted - everyone in that dressing-room is playing for a Cup final place, for other clubs who are watching them, or a new contract here - they've all got things to play for."