RANGERS’ progression to the play-off final has forced Nicky and Josh Law to face up to the “nightmare scenario” of tussling each other for a place in the top flight next term.
Just a day before the brothers are due to fly out to New York for the Motherwell full-back’s wedding, they will go head to head in the second leg of the tie to determine which one of them will be earning a living in the Premiership next season.
Although the possibility has been hanging over them for long enough, they had hoped that other factors would intervene but, with the Fir Park side’s fate decided last weekend and Rangers overcoming Hibs, there is now no way to avoid it.
“It is the complete nightmare scenario,” said Nicky, pictured, who also used to play for Motherwell and is not relishing the reality of coming up against them on Thursday and then next Sunday. “He knew last week they were in the play-offs but we still had Queen of the South and Hibs to come through. It was obviously spoken about but there were so many hurdles in the way for it to become a reality.
“It is more than a game. It is our futures. He has got a young family and it looks like he might be staying at Motherwell. Of course, he wants to be doing that in the top league and not in the Championship and it is the same for myself. It is going to be difficult mentally more than anything. Of course, my focus is 110 per cent on getting us back to where we feel we belong and Josh will be the same with Motherwell.
“I can’t be sympathetic to Josh and he won’t be sympathetic to me either and I wouldn’t expect him to be. He’s also playing right-back just now and I’m out on the left so it could be me in direct opposition to him. You couldn’t really make this scenario up and it’s going to be strange. We live together so I might injure him this week or put something in his food – I’ll be cooking this week!”
But whatever the outcome, there is no win-win scenario, making for an interesting gathering in the USA in the aftermath.
“We’re away the day after the second leg of the play-off final for his wedding but he’s going from London and I’m from Manchester so we might not see each other until the wedding. The wedding on 3 June will also be tough because I’m best man… at the minute! One of us is going to be low for the week out in New York and the other will be quietly very pleased.”
They have played against each other in a pre-season friendly before, but the Rangers player says this is a vastly different prospect.
“This is the first time we’ve met competitively and what a way to start – two huge games. It will be tough for my family but there’s nothing you can do. I just need to concentrate on Rangers.”