Stephen Robinson says it is time for Motherwell to make new Scottish Cup final heroes

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson believes it is “time for new heroes” as his side prepare to face Celtic in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are chasing an unprecedented double-treble, having already beaten Well in this season’s League Cup final and retained the Scottish Premiership title.

Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup in 1991, when they beat Dundee United 4-3 in a dramatic Hampden Park final, but Robinson is confident the class of 2018 can handle the pressure they will be placed under.

“It’s a special occasion. You hear about the side from ’91 but it’s time for new heroes, time for our boys to step up and what an opportunity,” he told Sky Sports News ahead of Saturday’s final, live on Sky Sports.

“We’ve been there and experienced the atmosphere, including the two semi-finals against Aberdeen and Rangers.

“We’ve had two good performances in the semi-finals with huge crowds. I think our boys can handle the occasion and it obviously settles the nerves.”

Robinson says the mood in Motherwell is one of high excitement as they look to claim their first piece of silverware in 27 years.

“It’s been difficult to keep a sense of normality. People are excited and rightly so, to get to two cup finals for Motherwell is a huge achievement but hopefully we can give them something to cheer about on Saturday,” he added.

“We are well aware Celtic will dominate possession at times but we have to be disciplined, we have to be patient and what we do when we land on the ball will dictate what happens.

“There are areas we feel we can cause problems. We have looked at footage and a lot of the time they have had problems this season has been against ourselves, so we hope to do that again.”

The Motherwell manager admits his side can be physical when they need to be but insists they are capable of playing a good brand of football as well.

“It’s usually the teams we have beaten who have said we are too physical,” he said. “That means we have an identity.

“We play at a high tempo, we have boys that can run and boys that are physical. We have got some good, talented players in the squad and that gets overlooked at times.”

Watch Saturday’s Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Motherwell. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Football at 2pm and Sky Sports Main Event at 2:45pm.

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