Lowing convinced ’Well will progress

Alan Lowing (left), in action during his time in Iceland
Alan Lowing (left), in action during his time in Iceland

Former Rangers defender Alan Lowing has backed Motherwell to go through against Stjarnan in the Europa League.

’Well welcome the Icelandic side to Fir Park tomorrow (Thursday) in the second qualifying round.

Lowing, who has spent the last four seasons playing in Iceland, is convinced they should have enough to reach the next stage.

He said: “My side, Vikingur, drew 0-0 with Stjarnan earlier in the season and I didn’t think they were anything special.

“They are one of the top three sides here in Iceland, but I’m not sure they stack up that highly against a Scottish side like Motherwell.

“The fact we are midway through our season and they play on an artificial pitch might help to even things out a bit, but overall I see no reason why Motherwell can’t progress pretty comfortably.”

Lowing singled out veteran midfielder Veigar Páll Gunnarsson as the only danger to ’Well’s hopes of progress.

He said: Stjarnan have some decent players and are a pretty solid side, but as far as real dangermen go I can really only think of Veigar Pall.

“He returned to the club last year after a long career in Norway and France, and is their playmaker.

“He is definitely the man who makes them tick, so if Motherwell stop him they should have few problems.”

Lowing himself hasn’t ruled out a return to Scotland one day.

He said: “I never expected to stay here this long, but I enjoy the security of full-time football and I’m only a two-hour flight from Glasgow.

“I presume I’ll return one day, but I honestly couldn’t say when or at what level.”