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EVEN before this game began, Celtic knew that they could do no more than go for the win and leave the rest to fate. Within minutes of kick-off, as news spread that Rangers had raced into an unassailable lead, the probability that their efforts would be futile had become a certainty.
Celtic finished their Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League campaign with a comfortable home win over Motherwell but lost out by a point to Old Firm rivals Rangers in the title race.
PEOPLE remember Tom Boyd lifting the Scottish Cup in 1991, they can recall starlet Phil O'Donnell's diving header, supersub Stevie Kirk scoring the extra-time winner and goalkeeper Ally Maxwell producing a marvellous save in the dying minutes despite having broken ribs thanks to a collision with Dundee United defender John Clark earlier in the second-half.
A HOLLYWOOD writer could not have scripted it better. Next Saturday a cast of everyday heroes will scale Mount Cotopaxi in Ecuador - the second highest active volcano in the world - their exertions interlinking perfectly with the drama unfolding back home, as Hampden plays host to the Scottish Cup final.
Craigan recalls Motherwell's 1991 cup-winning campaign and hopes hard graft will pay off with a win for history books
IT'S been a season of two halves, both of them rank rotten.
Clydesdale Bank Premier League
At Celtic Park, tomorrow, kick-off 12.30pm
Live: Sky Sports Interactive and
BBC Radio Scotland
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall insists he will deploy a "good sprinkling" of first-team players against Celtic six days before their Scottish Cup final rematch.
Willy Aubameyang's equaliser against Motherwell at Fir Park made sure Kilmarnock finished fifth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
MOTHERWELL manager Stuart McCall blasted claims from Celtic manager Neil Lennon that his players hadn't competed in their recent 5-0 defeat by Rangers at Fir Park - and then revealed that he'll field an under-strength side in Sunday's potential title decider at Parkhead.
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has been warned about his future conduct by the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee after a touchline spat at Fir Park with Motherwell chairman John Boyle, who has been fined over the incident.
It is hard to grumble too much when anticipating a first Scottish Cup final in 20 years but Motherwell fans are beginning to get a bit concerned. Resting and rotating to keep people fresh is one thing, sending out half a reserve side to get thrashed on a weekly basis is another. Having squeezed into the top six, one point from nine and 12 goals conceded is not doing anything for our morale.
In today's Rumour Mill: Whyte wants Rangers takeover wrapped up this week; PFA award winners announced; Pressley signs on for another year at Falkirk; plus the rest of the day's football news and gossip.
WITH the destiny of the league race no longer theirs to determine, Rangers know that they need to win their remaining games as emphatically as possible to put the maximum pressure on Celtic.
LAST Sunday's Old Firm match may yet turn out to have been the decisive fixture of the season, but right now it appears to have had minimal impact on Rangers' resilience.
RANGERS threw down the gauntlet to rivals Celtic in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race by cruising to a 5-0 win at Motherwell.
Motherwell v Rangers
Clydesdale Bank Premier League
At Fir Park, today, 12 noon
TV: Live on ESPN
Motherwell 0-5 Rangers
Lafferty 18; Davis 51; Jelavic 64; Naismith 76, 90