Euro rivals close in on McCall’s men

Keith Lasley's ban is over
Keith Lasley's ban is over

MOTHERWELL’S defeat at Kilmarnock on Saturday has given hope to the sides below them that they can snatch an unlikely Champions League qualifying place.

Dundee United and St Johnstone both won at the weekend to close the gap to third-placed ’Well to eight points.

’Well missed the chance to go second - albeit for 24 hours - when they lost 2-0 at Rugby Park.

Rangers are now three points ahead of them after a 3-2 win over Celtic on Sunday and that result will give the crisis-hit Ibrox side a massive lift as they head for Fir Park this Saturday.

Ally McCoist’s side will be out to make it a hat trick of SPL wins over ‘Well this season, having beaten them 3-0 home and away.

Manager Stuart McCall welcomes back Keith Lasley for the Rangers game after the influential midfielder’s two-match ban.

McCall has declined the SFA’s offer of a one-match touchline ban for his half time clash with referee Craig Thomson during this month’s Scottish Cup tie with Aberdeen.

As a result he will have to attend a disciplinary hearing at Hampden next week.

McCall had words with Thomson about the decision that led to a corner before Aberdeen’s first goal. The manager insists he did nothing wrong.

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