Prso targets cup victory as aid to league pursuit
Saturday 19 March 2005
The Rangers striker Dado Prso insists he will prepare for the CIS Insurance Cup final as he did for the 2004 Champions' League final - even if his wife has decided to give tomorrow's game a miss.
The Croatian's last game before moving to Ibrox was Monaco's 2-0 defeat to Porto in the final of Europe's flagship competition. Tomorrow's match with Motherwell will make few headlines outside Scotland, but Prso insisted he and his team-mates are determined to win.
He said: "My last cup final was the Champions' League final and I lost that. But I tell you, when I am in the dressing room before the game I am going to be as serious and concentrate just as much to win this one. It is going to be quite different but every final is important. You always want to win. A final is a final and when you win it is really great.
"My family will be watching on the television," he said, "because we don't have a baby-sitter, so my wife is going to have to stay in the house."
Victory would give Motherwell their first trophy since 1991. Rangers' top priority is wresting the Scottish Premier League title away from Celtic. But Prso was adamant that success tomorrow could help them in that quest.
He said: "It would be a big thing to win the SPL and we would go on with lots of confidence if we won this trophy. We would be more relaxed so I think it is going to be important."
The Rangers' defender Marvin Andrews is doubtful for the game. The Trinidad and Tobago international suffered a knee injury in the 2-0 win at Dundee last weekend and will be given a late fitness test. The midfielder Barry Ferguson has been struggling with hamstring and groin problems but is expected to play. Motherwell's manager Terry Butcher has a clean bill of health.
Celtic will be looking to move back to the top of the SPL with victory at Dundee United today. Their manager, Martin O'Neill, has concerns over Stanislav Varga and John Hartson. Varga missed the midweek win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle after being struck by a mystery bug and will be assessed before the game. Hartson hobbled off at the Caledonian Stadium with a recurrence of the ankle injury he sustained against Dunfermline the previous week.
O'Neill is already without Chris Sutton, but Juninho is back in contention after recovering from an ankle problem. Alan Thompson has shown no reaction to a groin injury but Paul Lambert is expected to rejoin the squad after a family illness.
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