Motherwell assistant manager Keith Lasley has claimed the Steelmen won’t discuss the incident that saw Ivorian defender Cedric Kipre sent off after ending Ryan Jack’s season the last time Rangers faced the Fir Park side.
Jack suffered a knee injury in a challenge with the 21-year-old in December that left the Gers star needing surgery and brought his season to a premature end.
Lasley revealed he had forgotten about the incident involving Motherwell star Kipre and revealed it wasn’t something the ‘Well management team would be discussing with the player in the build-up to Saturday’s clash between the two at Fir Park.
“He is a great prospect and can only get better. We have never had to put an arm around Cedric for anything,” Lasley said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“The last Rangers game won’t even be mentioned in the run-up to this one.
“I had forgotten all about the incident with Ryan Jack and it is not something we or Cedric will discuss.”
Kipre recently saw a red card overturned after he was sent off for apparently stamping on Celtic captain Scott Brown by referee Craig Thompson.
The Gers find themselves ten points behind bitter rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership and face Brendan Rodgers’ side in a Scottish Cup semi-final showdown at Hampden on April 15th.
Football Insider verdict:
The incident between Jack and Kipre didn’t look great and, although Gers boss Graeme Murty refused to criticise Kipre, the ‘Well defender was lucky to avoid action by the referee. The 21-year-old has been in really good form for the Steelmen this season though and deserves the plaudits coming his way after an impressive debut season. Losing Jack has been a blow for the Light Blues and the Ibrox giants will be a much better side when he returns. The midfielder was an integral part of the Gers side before his injury and Murty has struggled to replace him since losing him.