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McGHEE BACK TO FACE CELTIC

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MARK McGHEE has been appointed as Motherwell’s new manager and will be in charge when they face Celtic at Fir Park on Saturday.

And the former Hoops striker will be hoping for better luck than the last time he faced his old club.

That was at Parkhead on November 6, 2010 when Aberdeen were annihiliated 9-0 by a rampant Celtic team for the worst result in the Pittodrie club’s history.

McGhee never recovered from that landlside defeat and was sacked on December 1 with the team joint bottom of the Premier League.

Now, though, he is back for a second spell as Motherwell manager and is preparing for the visit of Ronny Deila’s champions for the midday kick-off on Saturday.

McGhee, who was in charge at Fir Park from 2007 to 2009, is currently assistant to Scotland Head Coach Gordon Strachan and is understood to have been the club’s first choice for the role.

He has signed a two-year deal at the club and was officially unveiled at the ground this evening.

During McGhee’s first spell at Fir Park, Well ended a 13-year wait for European club competition, qualifying for the 2008-09 Europa League after finishing third in the Premiership.

His most recent club role was with Bristol Rovers, with whom he spent 11 months in the manager’s office before being sacked in December 2012.

Ian Baraclough was fired by Motherwell last week having managed just two wins this season, relieved of his duties after less than a year in charge.

The League Cup exit against Championship side Morton signalled the end for the manager.

 
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