07 Apr McGhee: We need to take something from Celtic
By Craig Turnbull
Mark McGhee says Motherwell will have to take something from the game against Celtic because they can’t trust anyone else to do them a favour in their quest for the top six.
The Steelmen looked like being dragged into a relegation battle but five successive wins have propelled the Fir Park outfit into fourth place.
However, they still face a real risk of being ousted out of their current top six position with Partick Thistle, Dundee and St Johnstone all capable of finishing above Motherwell with a win on Saturday.
“We’re going to need to take something from Saturday morning against Celtic because you can’t trust anybody in this league,” he said.
“Everyone is capable of beating or taking something off everyone else, and I think that if we don’t get anything on Saturday morning then we are in trouble.”
Motherwell secured a shock 2-1 win over Celtic in December courtesy of a Louis Moult double which McGhee believes was down to their tireless worth ethic and he wants a repeat this weekend.
“I think when we beat them in December it was based on hard work so if we remember that that will be the starting point.” he said.
“We can’t have any fancy ideas about how we’re going to play or technically the type of football we’re going to play so first and foremost we’ve got to work harder than them.
“I think Celtic are capable of a really good performance and we’ve got to expect that they are going to bring that performance rather than the sort of lesser performance that maybe they produced on Tuesday night in the 0-0 draw against Dundee. The stakes for them are huge as well.
“They have such an advantage over us all. Going back to the Parkhead result they never had Leigh Griffiths if Griffiths plays maybe we don’t win the game because he does make a difference.
“You’ve just got to hope for some other break whether it be the bounce of a ball or someone playing out of their skin you need something different for sure.”
With Rangers sealing promotion to the top flight after a 1-0 win over Dumbarton, McGhee believes it can benefit the Scottish Premiership.
“I think it’s fantastic. It makes it more difficult for the rest of us of course to stay in it because it is one more team likely to compete at the top end rather than the bottom.
“I think they are back where they belong and I think Scottish football will be better for it.
“I certainly expect them to be amongst the European places. I’ve no doubt Celtic will also rise to the challenge and then have Aberdeen and Hearts getting better all the time so it will be not be easy for them to come straight back up and win the title.”