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Motherwell manager Alexander unhappy with delay in moving Rangers game

Alexander says he was left to wait to adjust the players' training.

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander unhappy with delay in moving Rangers game SNS Group

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has vented his frustration at the time taken to make a decision about moving his side’s match against Rangers from Sunday to Saturday.

The SPFL confirmed earlier this week that the scheduled league fixture was being brought forward by 24 hours to help Rangers prepare for their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig.

Alexander said that the Fir Park club had been happy to help with Rangers’ request, and that it was “the right thing to do” but was left unhappy with the decision-making process and how his side’s plans for training were disrupted.

“The delay in the decision is the thing that frustrates me and us at Motherwell,” he said. “Our first communication was last Friday morning and we understood all the opinions of Rangers, the league, the police, this, that and the other and we said if it was for the benefit for everyone we could go with it.

“But we wanted a decision so we could organise our training week differently because obviously it was all geared up for a Sunday game.

“We didn’t find out that it was going to be a Saturday game until late afternoon on Tuesday which is not good really to be fair.

“We still trained but to take that long – I know there is different factors and we have to understand all the different issues around changing a fixture – but I don’t think it should take four or five days to do that.

“So apart from that I think it is the right thing to do.

“There are bigger problems to overcome but I just felt we were left to the side, it was like it was all geared for other people apart from us.”