Motherwell 2 Rangers 4 RECAP as James Tavernier reveals tough half time team talk that inspired turnaround – Daily Record

Michael Beale’s men ensured they go into the international break on the back of another three points in a pulsating Lanarkshire clash.
It was a game that had pretty much everything as Motherwell's wait for a top flight win over Rangers continues.
After a flat first half from the visitors, the match exploded in the second 45 minutes and Michael Beale's unbeaten Scottish Premiership record as Ibrox boss remains intact.
There were doubts over that as early as three minutes after Kevin van Veen stunned their visitors with the opener to take his tally for the season to an impressive 18.
But James Tavernier's free kick levelled things before the break but Rangers were far from convincing in that first half.
They started the second half rapidly with Fashion Sakala heading them into the lead but substitute Bevis Mugabi levelled again.
Todd Cantwell and Malik Tillman then scored to give the Light Blues some breathing space and when Callum Slattery was sent off for a second booking then there was only gong to be one winner.
Follow all the reaction right here in our LIVE blog.

James Tavernier has revealed words at half-time turned the tide for Rangers in their 4-2 win over Motherwell.

The Gers captain believes he could have scored more today despite netting from a direct free-kick.

He told Rangers TV: "We had words at half-time because we weren't happy. I thought the second half was better for us and we created lots of chances. I thought we could have scored more goals but overall we got three points and I'm happy with that.

"We have the belief if we play the right way we'll bring ourselves back into the game and we're a team that create a lot of chances so we've got to be better, including myself. I believe I could have had three or four today but we continue to work hard."

Michael Beale has told Rangers fans to lay off Ibrox sporting director Ross Wilson.
Along with club MD, Stewart Robertson, he was targeted again at Fir Park yesterday by away fans before their side’s 4-2 win over Motherwell. Supporters want the pair out of the club and held up banners which read: ’Time for Change’.
READ MORE: Michael Beale tells Rangers fans to lay off Ross Wilson after yet another banner demanding Ibrox change
James McFadden reckons that Todd Cantwell's goal for Rangers against Motherwell should have been ruled out – despite being sent for a VAR check.
The visitors ran out comfortable winners in the end at Fir Park despite a couple of scares in Lanarkshire, with Kevin van Veen giving Stuart Kettlewell's side an early lead before James Tavernier levelled.
READ MORE: Todd Cantwell Rangers goal VAR check lines were WRONG as Kris Boyd declares technology brought in 'on the cheap'
Motherwell stopper Callum Slattery has been defended over his red card during the Steelmen's 4-2 defeat to Rangers.
It was a comfortable victory in the end for the visitors despite Kevin van Veen putting the Lanarkshire side in the lead in the opening 10 minutes. Slattery was shown a second yellow card by referee Nick Walsh on the 75th minute of the defeat at Fir Park after he appeared to strike Gers midfielder Todd Cantwell on the face with his arm.
READ MORE: Callum Slattery handed Rangers red card defence as Todd Cantwell accused of making 'meal of it'
Michael Beale was happy with the way his side bounced back from conceding that early opener.
We responded well to going behind and my only frustration is that we should have scored more. We’re scoring three or four goals away from home in games and that’s not an easy thing to do.
We were capable of getting two or three more today. If we were a wee bit more ruthless that could have happened. I thought it was a strong performance. I was really happy with it but we should have won by one or two more.
It’s not ideal going behind in games but it shows faith and trust in the way we play. We ground Motherwell down today. If you believe in the way you’re playing you know chances will come.
There was a close call in the build-up to Rangers' crucial third goal with Fashion Sakala looking like he might have been offside. READ MORE

Record Sport's Andy Newport was at Fir Park to witness a pulsating clash. There were plenty of talking points and he's picked out three. READ MORE
Michael Beale wants the the club to come together after more supporters protests. Speaking to Sky Sports after his side's win he admitted he understood their frustrations and defending their right to voice their displeasure but says it's 'difficult at times' for his team. READ MORE
Not many would have received pass marks in the first half but it was much improved after the restart. Let us know how you think the Rangers players performed.
The full time whistle blows and it was a pulsasting encounter. It's now 55 league games since Motherwell last beat the Ibrox side in the top flight. Quite a staggering stat.
The Colombian really should have found the net and he has looked lively. The ball is planted right on his head but he gets it all wrong and sends his effort off target.
Liam Kelly lets James Tavernier's cross squirm through his hands and Alfredo Morelos doesn't know much about it as it bounces off him and away to safety.
He's looking for his 99th goal and James Tavernier was inches away from it there with another free kick that was just off target.
There's no doubt it was a flat first half from Rangers but they have been much-improved in the second half. And the strength of the squad is evident with the subs making a big impact. Alfredo Morelos looks like a man with a point to prove and if he could keep that level then he'd be well worth a contract.
Goalscorer Todd Cantwell is replaced by Glen Kamara while John Souttar comes on for John Lundstram.
The home side's task just got bigger as Callum Slattery gets his second yellow card after catching Todd Cantwell with a flailing arm.
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Scott Arfield is on for the last 20 minutes, replacing Ridvan Yilmaz. John Lundstram has dropped back into defence.
It's another for the Light Blues and that should surely be that with 20 minutes left. And what a goal as the substitutes combine. Ryan Kent threads a ball through to Alredo Morelos who checks his run and cuts it back to Malik Tillman and the on-loan Bayern Munich man sends an unstoppable shot intot he roof of the net.
There was so much happening there but let's go back to that Motherwell equaliser. It was all a bit 'After you Claude' defending. And Colak was culpable and he's obviously been guilty at the other end, particularly with that awful miss.
Technology checked for a possible offside and handball in that Rangers goal but it stands.
And now Michael Beale makes a couple of changes. Alfredo Morelos and Malik Tillman are on with Fashion Sakala and Antonio Colak both making way.
This game is end to end now. Kevin van Veen's clever run at one side almost saw him score as he lobbed the ball over the advancing Allan McGregor but it bounced wide.
And then at the other end Todd Cantwell netted to restore Rangers' lead. What a match. It's breathless. Sakala crossed and after a couple of efforts were saved, the former Norwich man fired high into the net.
And the home side have restored parity. On-loan Brighton man James Furlong swings in a corner and the Rangers defence were awful. James Tavernier headed into the air and as it dropped back down nobody took responsibility and substitue Bevis Mugabi pounced to level.
The section of home fans who had boycotted the game now seem to have appeared. Not great timing right enough with their team 2-1 down having taken the lead. Can they roar their team back into it?
Antonio Colak sends an effort wide from Fashion Sakala's cross after a good run and ball from the Zambian.
It's a susbtitute for Motherwell as Bevis Mugabi comes on in place of Paul McGinn. Stuart Kettlewell clearly wants to tighten up that defence.
Rangers have started the second half brightly and Ryan Kent takes a shot from distance. It's easily held in the end by Liam Kelly but warning signs for Motherwell.
Really poor from Antonio Colak who is put clean through but the Croat gets it all wrong as he shoots wide. Even worse, he shouldn't even have gone for the shot in the first place as Fashoin Sakala was waiting and had he squared then the African would almost certainly have had his second.
If Fashion Sakala had been given the hook at the break there could have been few compalints but Michael Beale's faith pays off in sticking with him. It wasn't the cleanest of headers but it was all about the cross – a peach from James Tavernier.
It's another rapid start to a half – this time from the visitors as they take the lead. Fashion Sakala, scorer of a hat-trick here previously, is the man with the goal as he gets on the end of James Tavernier's cross to bullet a header beyond Liam Kelly.


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