Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield is predicting a new-look Gers side on Saturday against Motherwell following the club’s shock defeat to St Mirren in midweek.

Speaking ahead of the game, as reported by the Daily Record, Arfield backed his team-mates to put in an improved performance at Fir Park, saying: “Time will tell of course but I feel, particularly in this season and from pre-season, that we have got a better mentality within this squad.

“So I have got no question that we will show the right reaction against Motherwell. Through this season so far we have come up with the answers more often than not.”

St Mirren caused a huge upset on Wednesday night, knocking Rangers out of the Scottish League Cup after a late winner from Connor McCarthy.

It was the Gers first defeat in a competitive fixture this season and they’ll be looking to get back on track against Motherwell this weekend.

Steven Gerrard’s side can move 16 points clear at the top of the table, with Celtic not in league action until next Wednesday.

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Do not give Celtic any hint of an opportunity

There will undoubtedly be some Celtic supporters earmarking this weekend as a potential turning point in the season.

The Hoops face off against Hearts in the Scottish Cup final and would no doubt be boosted by a trophy.

Neil Lennon himself has been suggesting that the mood is high in the Celtic camp at the minute, despite their poor form this season.

Should Rangers continue to struggle against Motherwell, Celtic could take that renewed hope and spirit into their league form.

However, all the noises coming out of Rangers, from both Arfield and the manager himself, suggest that the Gers will right their wrongs against Motherwell.

The game against Motherwell is one of four league ties before the Old Firm derby at the start of January.

Maximum points between now and then would put the Gers in an incredible position to create an uncatchable gap between themselves and Celtic in the new year.

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