Striker Kevin van Veen is desperate to spoil Rangers' title party on Sunday, but says Motherwell will need to be at their very best to emerge from Ibrox with a win.

Rangers will raise last season's Premiership flag in front of a full house of their own fans, with Covid restrictions preventing Motherwell fans from attending.

That will create a white-hot atmosphere, and the Dutch striker says this is exactly the type of game that he thrives on.

Van Veen scored one and set up another for Juhani Ojala as Motherwell beat Aberdeen 2-0 last weekend, and he hopes for a similar performance against Steven Gerrard's side.

He said: "Personally I love to ruin a title party, so that would be good, but it's obviously going to be very tough.

"I think we're all going to need to be on our game, every single one. We need to be at the top of our game and probably a little bit more too to get a good result there, but we're all very looking forward to the game on Sunday.

"We're confident. I think we're all very confident, but with two feet on the ground. We know that we're nowhere near yet, it's still early season, so everybody needs to keep their noses in the right direction, to keep working hard.

"If we work hard for each other, I think there's enough quality and ability in this group to win a lot of games.

Van Veen scored one and set up another in Motherwell's 2-0 win over Aberdeen
Van Veen scored one and set up another in Motherwell's 2-0 win over Aberdeen

"It's a big test. Everybody knows how good they are, obviously we're in good form and playing quite well.

"On Saturday [against Aberdeen] we didn't give much away and hopefully we can defend well as a team and going forward we can be an attacking threat.

"I feel like I've got a lot of ability, I feel I can show a lot, I feel like I can be the difference.

"I want to be the difference, and I want to be different from any other player, so that's what I'm going for.

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"I'm happy the gaffer thinks that way, and hopefully I can pay the trust he has in me back with good performances, goals and hopefully a lot of wins and to be important to my teammates."

Van Veen added: "I do feel like I'm really looking forward to these types of games, I really feel like it brings the best out of me, and hopefully I can show on Sunday that I can be on the level to threaten and be dangerous and creative, even against Rangers.

"All the lads have already played there, or most of them. It's probably me and maybe one or two others who have not played at Rangers yet, so there's not very much speaking going on about it. I think everybody's just very happy and excited to be playing there.

"It's a different game from playing here. Though I think the atmosphere and games here are very good too, with 50,000 and no fans from us this weekend it's going to be tough, but there will be people supporting from home and watching us, so hopefully they can push us to a win.

"This Sunday is going to be a completely new test but hopefully as a team and myself we can put in a really good performance, challenge Rangers, and hopefully we can win."

The former Scunthorpe and Northampton Town striker hopes to have finally shaken off a back and hip injury that kept him out of action from the opening day defeat against Hibs to Saturday's win over Aberdeen.

Van Veen says it will be weird with no Motherwell fans in Ibrox, but says there will still be people watching on
Van Veen says it will be weird with no Motherwell fans in Ibrox, but says there will still be people watching on

He said: "I feel good. I've struggled for four or five weeks with a neuro problem in my back and my hip, but luckily I've been treated very well by the physios, and this week and last week it has settled down pretty good.

"I'm very happy that the injury I had is completely gone at the moment and, touch wood, it's not coming back.

"It didn't feel like an injury, it felt like something neuro, so it was something that needed to be released.

"It was triggering my whole left side, and we were treating it every day.

"With all the treatment I've been having it has settled down now, so I'm very happy that it's gone."

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