Strike hero Andy eyes cup cracker

FORMER Morton and Motherwell star Andy Ritchie believes his old clubs will serve up a cracker when they meet in the Scotish Cup at Fir Park next month.

The sides were thrown together when former Italy coach Marcello Lippi and Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas made the fifth round draw at Hampden on Monday.

’Well progressed with a 4-0 fourth round win over Queen’s Park on Saturday while Morton came from behind to beat fellow First Division side Raith Rovers 2-1 at Kirkcaldy.

Ritchie made his name as a prolific striker with Morton in the 1970s and 80s, and also had a brief spell with ’Well.

He said: “I can see there being a few goals in this one as both teams score plenty but are also liable to concede.

“Morton will raise their game against an SPL team and I’m sure this won’t be a walk in the park for Motherwell.”

Ritchie sees plenty of top flight action in his role as an SPL match delegate.

He said: “I’ve seen them play Rangers and Celtic away and they didn’t turn up either time.

“The performance at Ibrox last week was particularly disappointing, given Rangers had lost their previous two games.

“However, I have seen them on other occasions when they have played really well.”

Motherwell completed the signing of free agent Henrik Ojamaa last week and the striker came off the bench to score in the win over Queen’s Park.

He will be pushing for a starting place when Inverness Caley Thistle visit Fir Park on Saturday.

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