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Beating Hoops would be good as winning a trophy (Well almost); MOTHERWELL v CELTIC TONIGHT, 7.45, FIR PARK; Robinson looks to put final behind him by dumping Celtic tonight.

Byline: ANTHONY HAGGERTY a.haggerty@dailyrecord.co.uk

MOTHERWELL boss Stephen Robinson saw his men fail to land silverware on Sunday.

But the Northern Irishman believes the Steelmen can still strike gold if they finally end the Hoops' domestic Invincible run under Brendan Rodgers.

The two teams lock horns again tonight in the Premiership and Robinson reckons if Celtic are toppled at the 66th time of asking it will feel just as good as winning a trophy for his side.

He said: "It would be a huge consolation to end Celtic's run. That's what we want to do.

"We want to win football matches whether it's against Celtic, Aberdeen or Ross County, it doesn't matter.

"To beat Celtic would almost be like a trophy.

"I said it afterwards, and I kept my dignity, Celtic are a massive club with huge resources and they've got top-class players and a really good manager.

"For us to beat them, for little Motherwell to compete with them, is huge.

"We will compete with them and we will be giving absolutely everything we can to win the game tonight and to beat them on Saturday."

However, Robinson admits his men will not be fuelled by a sense of injustice after their Hampden heartbreak. Referee Craig Thomson's decision to award a spot-kick for Cedric Kipre's tug on Hoops wideman Scott Sinclair and send the Motherwell defender off ended the game as a spectacle.

Robinson said: "They're a determined bunch of boys.

"They are honest kids and just get on with things.

"We had a meeting on Monday and we got them together and told them they should be proud of what they've done.

"The frustrating thing was the game was just bubbling.

"Celtic might have won by three or four, who knows? "What I do know is once they scored, we put Craig Tanner on and had three forwards playing.

"We had a great chance and Craig Gordon makes a world-class save.

"We weren't lying down, were going for it. Tanner gets through, crosses the ball and Louis Moult gets pulled down.

"Was it a penalty, was it not? We don't know.

"Our fans were just praying we didn't get hammered by seven or eight, as I was, and it was easy street for the Celtic fans.

"Our season isn't finished, we're just getting going.

"The boys have had a taste of that now and they know what brings them success.

"They earned the right to get into the cup final but the result was disappointing.

"Who knows if the decision would have affected whether we would have won or lost the game.

"All I know was it was going to be a really good cup final and that was taken away. We're determined to make up for that."

Robinson revealed he didn't bother seeking out Thomson after the game to clarify why he had given the spot-kick and dished out a red card.

Although the Fir Park gaffer feels the rules need to be clarified.

Robinson said: "I have a ban and a fine hanging over me.

"I'm not sure my clarity would have been great after the game.

"I didn't seek the referee out and I purposely stayed away.

"He is not going to change his mind so shouting and screaming at him or speaking politely to him wasn't going to change the decision or the outcome.

"In my opinion it wasn't a penalty but once he makes that decision he has to send Cedric off. That is the rules.

"I thought they'd changed the rules to make sure it wasn't a double punishment.

"I heard Brendan Rodgers speak as well and he wasn't clear on it either.

"It is all a bit up in the air and it is difficult enough for referees.

"It is possibly something that could be looked at. Decisions sometimes go against you."

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