Scottish Recap: All Quiet for U.S. Contigent in Weekend Action

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Joe Efford saw 45 minutes for Motherwell as they made a dramatic comeback to claim a point against Rangers in a quiet weekend for Americans in Scotland.

Rangers 2-2 Motherwell

Rangers had a chance to cut the points gap on Celtic, but their strong start collapsed in the second half as Motherwell fought back to save a point at Ibrox Stadium.

Joe Efford was ineffective in his 45-minute outing for Motherwell as he was played out of position at striker. As for James Sands, he saw no action for Rangers on the day as he remained on the bench.

The hosts opened the scoring after 22 minutes when Alfredo Morelos headed the ball in from a Ryan Kent cross. They followed that up with another two minutes later as Fashion Sakala finished off a counter-attack with a strike.

Rangers should have had complete control of the game, but things turned in the second half when Motherwell cut the deficit in the 52nd minute. Jordan Roberts was on the spot to tap in a low cross from Kaiyne Woolery.

Morelos had two goals ruled out for offside which gave the visitors ample chance to grab the equalizer. They did so in the 76th minute when Woolery’s strike somehow got past Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor at the near post.

Despite all their efforts to grab the game-winner, Rangers could not find it in the end.

Rangers remain three points behind Celtic with 64 points while Motherwell sits in sixth place with 35 points.


Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic were able to keep a clean sheet, but they couldn’t score at the other end as they shared the points with Christopher Mueller and Hibernian in a 0-0 draw.

Christian Ramirez and Ian Harkes squared off as Dundee United came away with the 1-0 win over Aberdeen.

Down in League Two, Brian Schwake earned the shutout as Edinburgh City recorded a 1-0 win over Andrew Barrowman and Cowdenbeath.


Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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