Rangers travelled to Fir Park looking to put their 7-1 humbling at the hands of Liverpool mid-week behind them. Motherwell meanwhile had only won 1 of their last 5 and were looking to avoid slipping towards the wrong end of the table.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst gave 18-year-old Leon King another start in the absence of Connor Goldson, after it was confirmed that the defensive stalwart will be out for ‘months’.
Malik Tillman was another drafted in to give the team a much-needed spark and it was the USA international who had the first real opening. Some good work by Borna Barisic on the left saw him with a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box, only to curl his attempt over the bar.
It was the on-loan Bayern Munich man that looked most lively, testing Liam Kelly on the 20th minute mark with an, albeit tame, effort from outside the area.
The opening 30 minutes were devoid of much quality, with neither side creating any clear chances and both side’s forwards, Kevin Van Veen and Antonio Colak, starved of service.
An uninspiring first half was recognised by the groans of discontent as the players left the field. Both sides will be looking for a moment of quality in the second 45 to break the deadlock.