Once every few months, we get reminders that professional soccer is still being played in Scotland. Scottish soccer, much like your appreciation of 50 Cent or Gwen Stefani, is something that still exists, but it doesn’t evoke the same strong emotions that it did in the late 90s or early 00s.
Our old friends Rangers and Motherwell offered up a fine bit of Y2K nostalgia today, as their players decided that two legs of a Scottish Premier League playoff series wasn’t enough to determine which club deserved to play top-flight games next season. They had to settle it with a brawl.
From an overall perspective, this is high-quality soccer brawl action. But please, in the name of beauty and art, take a few moments – maybe go brew yourself some tea first – and appreciate the moment that kicked the whole thing off. Delight in this incredible right-roundhouse-kick-to-left-hook combo flawlessly delivered by Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni.
The recipient of this delicious two-piece combo meal was Motherwell forward Lee Erwin. There has been no confirmation that it came with fries and a drink. Supposedly Erwin shoved Moshini because his offer of a post-game handshake was refused. Let this be a lesson as to why “proper sportsmanship” isn’t always the best option.
Today’s game was a 3-0 home win for Motherwell, who finished eleventh in the Premier League, but had to defend their spot against Rangers, who finished third in the Scottish Championship, because Scotland likes to make promotion and relegation as complicated as possible. Their 6-1 aggregate series win means the legendary club from the blue side of Glasgow will have to spend at least another year in the lower division.