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Motherwell humble Rangers in Premiership play-off – five years on

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Motherwell beat Rangers in ill-tempered play-off final second leg

A manager’s nightmare trying to relegate the team he started the season with. A club completing a journey as the other faces the end of the road. Job threats, great expectations and shrunken away supports. Keeper cock-ups and punch-ups, karaoke and a stadium twisting, shouting and shaking.

When you put it like that, it’s easy to see why the 2015 Scottish Premiership play-off final was the most explosive to date.

Motherwell, who began the season in Europe under Stuart McCall, had two games to save their 30-year top-flight status. Standing in their way? A Rangers team, now under the tutelage of McCall, thrust into the play-off on the back of a spluttering campaign but powered by a support yearning to be back in the big time.

All the ingredients for a classic were there. Few could have predicted how it would unfold…

A collision course written in the stars

The 2014-15 season started ominously for McCall at Fir Park. His Motherwell team, second the previous season, were out of Europe to Icelandic minnows Stjarnan at the first hurdle. It would prove to be a turning point for both club and coach.

“We were so successful for those three or four years and were there great moments,” McCall told the Four Lads Had a Dream podcast