Three Motherwell players Rangers must shut down to win Sunday’s semi-final
Only centre-back Cedric Kipre has played more minutes for Motherwell this season than Chris Cadden, a testament to the Scottish U21 international’s stamina and desire on the Steelmen’s right flank.
Deployed in a right wing-back role, he’s been absolutely key to Stephen Robinson’s side in both a defensive and attacking sense and all of those skills will be tested against Rangers on Sunday.
The Light Blues will be expected to dominate possession throughout the 90 minutes and Motherwell can expect to be put under serious pressure in long spells throughout. In order to compete, they’ll need to be incisive on the counter-attack and that’s exactly what Cadden brings, along with a blistering pace that can shift ‘Well’s focus from defence to attack in seconds.
The 21-year-old has found particular joy in the Scottish League cup this season, scoring four goals and assist three times in this competition alone. He found the net away to Ross County in the last sixteen and set-up Louis Moult’s killer blown to Aberdeen late on in the quarter final.
That ability to perform well into the latter stages of matches makes him even more dangerous this Sunday and his fitness and stamina could play an important role in a match that could well go to extra-time.