The Men Who Reached Hampden

By Firparkcorner
Last updated : 14 May 2018

Motherwell have used a total of 22 players to reach the eighth Scottish Cup final in the history of the club. Their contributions are noted below. From the group, two will miss the Hampden final with injury, one is ineligible, one has left the club and one has retired.


Trevor Carson (Apps 4, clean sheets 3) – The Northern Irish stopper has blossomed at Fir Park, earning a first full international cap this season and being subject to a cheeky bid from Celtic at the January transfer deadline. Trevor has conceded only once (from the spot) in the cup run and is sure to be a key man if we pull off a May 19 upset.

Tom Aldred (Apps 4, goals 0) – Signed on loan from Bury, Tom Aldred's status in the squad soared with the news Peter Hartley would be out injured long-term. He slotted in seamlessly and has never looked back from making his debut against Hamilton in the fourth round.

Cedric Kipré – (Apps 4, goals 0) – The cult hero is enjoying a remarkable first season in professional football having been offered not one but two contract extensions in the space of months. Destined for bigger things, Kipré first has unfinished business against Celtic at Hampden following his League Cup final red card.

Charles Dunne (Apps 4, goals 0) – Lightning quick and exceptionally strong, Charles is everything you want in a centre-back. His distribution has been patchy at times but he has developed into a reliable contributor.

Richard Tait (Apps 4, goals 0) – Super Richard Tait has flourished under the hard work, hard running regime of Stephen Robinson. He can play on either side and is likely to be a right-footed left (wing) back in the final – a good omen?

Andy Rose (Apps 4, goals 0) – Another has been ever-present, though only just against Hearts in the quarters.  Rose is an unsung hero of the engine room and battling a fractured collar bone to be fit in time for the big day

Nadir Ciftci (Apps 4, goals 0) – The Celtic loanee has actually played in every round and even helped set up goals against Hamilton and Dundee. But he is ineligible against his parent club so cannot play in the final.

Curtis Main (Apps 4, goals 3) – The bustling striker is not a direct replacement for Louis Moult in terms of style but has been brutally effective and will be our main scoring threat at Hampden. Struck a brace in the semi against Aberdeen, once against Hearts in the quarters and caused the own goal to seal our fifth-round win at Dens Park.

Alan Campbell (Apps 3, goals 0) – A terrier like midfielder who would have felt harshly treated by being left out of the eleven for the League Cup final in November. The same will not happen this time round.

Craig Tanner (Apps 3, goals 2) – An inspired start to 2018 was cut short by injury and Craig will miss the final. Netted against Hamilton and Dundee en route to Hampden.

Carl McHugh (Apps 3, goals 1) – The captain's wonder goal against Hearts secured a semi-final berth he subsequently missed due to suspension. Carl is another player whose distribution is limited but he makes up for it with tackles and headers won.

Chris Cadden (Apps 3, goals 0) – Chris has had an up and down season personally but has delivered big performances when it has mattered most. His running will be an important factor in the final.

Gael Bigirimana (Apps 2, goals 0) – Bigi is one of the most technically sound players in the squad but loses out in midfield due to our preferred style of play. He won't start at Hampden and an appearance is only likely if we are chasing the game.  He was not included in the 18 man squad for the Betfred final.

Ryan Bowman (Apps 2, goals 1) – Second fiddle to Cifcti at the start of the cup run, Bowman has grafted his way back into the first eleven. It would be a major tactical surprise if he does not start alongside Main on May 19.

Alex Fisher (Apps 1, goals 0) – Striker Alex Fisher made a substitute appearance against Hamilton shortly before leaving the club.

Stevie Hammell (Apps 1, goals 0) – Club legend Stevie Hammell played as a substitute against Hamilton as he wound down his playing career. Now academy director.

David Turnbull (Apps 1, goals 0) – Young midfielder David Turnbull made his full debut against Dundee but given our depth in this area it is hard to see him making the match day squad at Hampden.

Deimantas Petravičius (Apps 1, goals 0) – Despite being a full international, young Lithuanian Deimantas Petravičius has underwhelmed at Fir Park and surely won't be seen at Hampden having fallen behind teenager James Scott in the striking pecking order.

Elliot Frear (Apps 1, goals 0) - Elliot Frear is another who lacks a natural position in our current system but played a part in our quarter-final win – his introduction as a late attacking substitute helped turn the tide against Hearts.

Liam Grimshaw (Apps 1, goals 0) – Liam Grimshaw has had a mixed season on his return to Fir Park but was brilliant against Aberdeen in the semi-final. A strong contender to start the final.

Ross MacLean (Apps 1, goals 0) – Winger Ross MacLean made a late cameo in the semi-final win over Aberdeen.

George Newell (Apps 1, goals 0) – Another player who made a semi-final cameo but with unfortunate consequences - a severe facial injury sustained in that victory has ruled him out of the final.

The other hopefuls: Russell Griffiths will be on the bench as back-up goalkeeper, young forward James Scott could benefit from the Tanner/Ciftci/Newell situation and 20-year-old defender Barry Maguire may sneak into the match-day squad.

Stephen Hendrie, on loan from Southend, has failed to make an impression having struggled for fitness and Ellis Plummer is continuing to recover from a long-term injury. Peter Hartley has resumed training but it is hard to see him as a serious contender for the final having not played this year.

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