Motherwell hopes to end drought against Rangers

Motherwell will be trying to snap a game winless streak against Rangers on Sunday at Fir Park Stadium, but if ever there was a good time to play the Glasgow side, this could be it.

Rangers was already dumped from the Champions League in the qualifying stage and suffered a 2-1 defeat to Maribor in the first leg of their Europa League playoff on Thursday.

But despite his club's strong start to the season, which has seen the Steelmen earn 10 points from their first four games to sit top of the league, manager Stuart McCall isn't getting too carried away.

"I'll tell you after the match [whether there's ever a good time to play Rangers]," McCall told the club's official website. "There's the heat that they played in and losing a last-minute goal which, psychologically, isn't great.

"But they'll be a wounded animal coming here, and I look back to when we had our worst performance and defeat at Ibrox; three days later we went up to Pittodrie, played brilliantly well and won the game."

Rangers hasn't gotten off to a great start in Europe under new manager Ally McCoist, but since a 1-1 draw with Hearts to open the Scottish Premier League season, the club has won a pair of 2-0 games in the league over St Johnstone and Inverness.

Celtic has won all three of its league matches so far this campaign and hosts a St Johnstone side that has yet to score a goal in three league matches.

The other game on Sunday features Kilmarnock hosting Hearts with the Edinburgh club coming off of a 5-0 defeat to Tottenham on Thursday in a Europa League playoff match.

Saturday's set of fixtures sees the bottom two teams in the league, Aberdeen and Inverness, square off at Pittodrie Stadium, while Dundee United and Dunfermline face each other with both teams having taken five points from three games.

St Mirren travels to Hibernian in the other match of the day with the two teams combining for two wins from their first seven games.