’Well get thumbs up from cup hero Ian

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FORMER Motherwell and Aberdeen star Ian Angus looked forward to the latest meeting of his old teams on Saturday - and admitted he’s amazed by their contrasting fortunes so far this season.

’Well, who have signed former player Stephen Hughes on a short term deal, head to Pittodrie third in the SPL table, seven points clear of St Johnstone in fourth.

The Dons are joint bottom with Inverness and there’s been little sign of former ’Well boss Craig Brown bringing about the improvement that was expected on his appointment almost a year ago.

Angus played for Sir Alex Ferguson’s successful Pittodrie side of the early 1980s before moving to Fir Park and scoring in ’Well’s 1991 Scottish Cup final triumph.

His affection is split between both teams and while he’s delighted to see ’Well riding high, the Don’s plight saddens him.

Angus admitted: “I thought Motherwell might be sitting fifth or sixth at this stage, but not third.

“Stuart McCall seems to have instilled belief in them and they are attack-minded - they play with two wingers and always create chances.

“As for Aberdeen, I thought they would have kicked on this season, but they’re in a desperate situation.

“Like many clubs, money is the problem and they’re relying on producing good youngsters or getting lucky with a loan deal.

“However, it seems the players they bring in aren’t any better than what they had and Craig Brown has been unable to turn things around like he did at Motherwell.”

More views from Ian Angus in this week’s Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker.