Butcher rates Klos alongside Woods

Motherwell 0 Rangers 2

Woods holds the record for the number of hours played without conceding a goal - 1196 minutes - but Klos is well on his way to matching that now that he has kept a clean sheet for 603 minutes.

Butcher played in front of Woods in the Rangers defence and he admits he now sees the same confidence building in the current Ibrox side after their 2-0 win at Fir Park.

He said: “He’s very much on a par with Chris Woods. Sometimes Chris wasn’t involved in a game a lot but he had to produce excellent saves and his concentration levels were high.”

A double from Dado Prso ensured the three points for Rangers but, despite carving out several opportunities, Butcher insists his forwards should have done more to trouble Klos.

The belief that Klos is now on a par with Woods is one that manager Alex McLeish is willing to subscribe to, saying: “I would go along with that.”

There was concern for Rangers when a late Steven Hammell challenge on Nacho Novo left the Spanish hitman clutching his face in agony and McLeish admits he feared the player had swallowed his tongue.

“We then thought he had concussion and were ready to bring on Shota Arveladze but luckily Nacho was okay,” he said.

McLeish is also hoping that Steven Thompson - who picked up a dead leg - will be fit for this week’s UEFA Cup tie against Amica Wronki, along with Prso, who has a thigh strain.

Peter Lovenkrands pulled out of yesterday’s game as a result of personal reasons but McLeish expects him to report back to training today.

McLeish has already found himself under pressure for crashing out of the Champions League earlier this season and then making hard work of their progression to the UEFA Cup’s group stages. Now he is determined to get back on track in Poland on Thursday.

MOTHERWELL: Marshall, Corrigan, Craigan, Partridge, Hammell, McBride, Leitch, O’Donnell (Paterson 90), Foran, Clarkson, Scott McDonald.

RANGERS: Klos, Khizanishvili, Andrews, Boumsong, Vignal, Burke (Namouchi 89), Ricksen, Malcolm, Novo, Thompson (Arveladze 55), Prso.

Referee: J Rowbotham (Scotland).

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