Motherwell captain says it was fun to watch Rangers player weep over broken nose

Motherwell captain Peter Hartley has stoked the fire ahead of his club's clash with Rangers on Sunday by admitting it as fun to watch former Rangers player Fabio Cardoso weep over a broken nose.

Motherwell's Peter Hartley has hit out at Rangers. Picture: SNS/Gary Hutchison

Speaking to the press ahead of the fixture with Steven Gerrard’s team at Fir Park, Hartley brought up the controversial Betfred Cup semi-final where Steelmen striker Ryan Bowman broke the Portuguese centre-back’s nose with his elbow.

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The incident left Cardoso, who has since returned to Portugal, covered in blood as Rangers fell to a 2-0 defeat at Hampden Park.

Rangers' Fabio Cardoso was left bloodied by Motherwell's Ryan Bowman. Picture: SNS/Craig Williamson

“When we cross the white line on Sunday there won’t be much respect shown to be honest,” he said.

“I think (Bowman) broke a boys nose didn’t he so that was fun to watch him weeping.”

It is not the first time Hartley has provoked Rangers ahead of a match. In the build-up to that semi-final the 30-year-old challenged striker Alfredo Morelos to a fight.

He said in October: “I don’t mind a physical fight — and if he wants one after the match as well, then I won’t be going anywhere!”