There is still life left in Euro tie

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Motherwell midfielder Iain Vigurs refuses to accept the Europa League qualifier against Kuban Krasnodar is dead.

’Well kick-off in Russia tomorrow (Thursday) 2-0 down from the first leg, but buoyed by victory over Hibs at Easter Road on Sunday as the Scottish Premiership got underway.

Vigurs said: “We didn’t have the best result in Europe so it was important to get three points against Hibs.

“We knew what we are capable of, but Kuban are four or five games into their season, I think if we’d been four or five games into ours it would have been a different story.

“I don’t think the tie is gone, we are 2-0 down to a very good side, but all we are looking for is a good, solid performance, get the ball moving and unsettle them.

“If we can get a goal they might get a bit nervous, anything can happen in football, and if St Johnstone can do it in Europe then why can’t we?”

Originally from Stonehaven near Aberdeen, Vigurs headed south after spells at Elgin, Inverness and Ross County, with his ‘home town’ team calling at Fir Park on Sunday.

He said: “I was up in the Highlands for nine or ten years, since I was 15, so wanted a change, and Motherwell is a great club to be at.

“I’m an Aberdeen lad so it is always special to play against them, they have a good team and fan base, so looking forward to it and think a few of my friends will be heading down for the game.

“It’s a fair trek to Russia, but needs to be done, so not thinking about it and just focussing on getting a good result out there and then building on the Hibs win against Aberdeen.”