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My boys are under 'nice pressure' to become Motherwell legends, insists Robinson


By Robert Jones

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has accepted the Steelmen will go into tomorrow's Scottish Cup final against Celtic as underdogs, but insisted the Fir Park outfit are confident of upsetting the odds.

Robinson's side have the chance to claim Well's first Scottish Cup since 1991 tomorrow.

But they face opposition motivated by the chance to make history as the Hoops eye an unprecedented double treble.

Robinson acknowledged that Brendan Rodgers' Premiership champions will go in as heavy favourites having defeated Motherwell in the League Cup final earlier in the campaign.

The Ulsterman, however, said that the Steelmen's belief has been reinforced by studying footage of when they've had Celtic on the ropes.

He said: "There's no expectation on us, everyone expects Celtic to win but we've different ideas. We've created a real belief we can do something special.

"I don't think there is any point in turning up if we don't (believe we can win). We're not going to make up the numbers.

"The belief is not ill-founded, we've shown footage of ourselves, constantly we've searched through teams that have caused them problems and a lot of the footage was of us.

"I know that we've affected them, I know that we were a minute from winning the game at Fir Park, we drew with them with 10 men. It's a hard task, we're playing against a very good Celtic side but it's certainly not an impossible task."

He added: "It's not about anything other than becoming legends at the football club, we've told them that. That's a really nice pressure, to be able to go and have the chance to win a Scottish Cup final."

Meanwhile, Motherwell winger Chris Cadden hopes he can take his career to a new level after landing his first Scotland call-up.

The 21-year-old has been added to Alex McLeish's Scotland squad for the end-of-season friendlies with Peru and Mexico.

He has been given his chance on the tour of Latin America following Wednesday's withdrawals of Matt Ritchie and Ryan Fraser and he has vowed to make the most of the opportunity.

He said: "I'm speechless. It's a huge honour for me and my family. I told my mum and dad and they got quite emotional.

"It's come out of the blue but I'm delighted and honoured. I can't wait. It's different-level stuff. I'm excited to meet up and see what it's all about.

"It will be good to challenge myself against Peru and Mexico, two good teams going to the World Cup. Hopefully I can get some game time. It will be an experience I'm sure I'll learn from."

McLeish's squad face Peru in Lima on May 29 before travelling to Mexico City for the June 2 clash with the Mexicans.

Ritchie, Fraser and Wolves defender Barry Douglas have withdrawn through injury.

Harry Souttar may also have to miss the trip with a hamstring injury, while Celtic stars Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths are among a number of regulars who have been left out.

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