Rangers’ Stuart McCall linked with Motherwell job

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MOTHERWELL are looking for a new manager after parting company with Ian Baraclough following a poor start to the season and defeat to Championship side Morton in the League Cup.

Former Fir Park boss Stuart McCall was the first name to be linked with the post after a club statement announced the departure of Baraclough, who’d been in charge since last December.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall. Picture: John Devlin

Rangers manager Stuart McCall. Picture: John Devlin

Motherwell lost 3-2 at Cappielow on Tuesday amid protests by their fans and currently sit tenth in the Premiership. Under-20s manager Stephen Craigan will be in charge for Saturday’s game against bottom club Partick Thistle.

The highlight of the 44-year-old Englishman’s reign had been the 6-1 defeat of Rangers in the Premiership play-off final last May, which kept the Steelmen in the top flight. The club statement thanked Baraclough for his efforts in that showdown but mentioned the importance of two dates coming at the end of this season – the 130th anniversary of the club’s formation and the 21st anniversary of their 1991 Scottish Cup victory.

Other names which were already being linked with the job yesterday included another former Motherwell manager, Terry Butcher, current club captain Keith Lasley, Billy Davies and ex-Rangers boss Ally McCoist.