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Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the right by-line.
Foul by Scott Robertson on David Healy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Healy from left channel.
Shot from just outside the box by Steven Davis goes over the bar.
Short corner worked by El-Hadji Diouf.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Timothy van der Meulen on Sasa Papac. Timothy van der Meulen receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.
Kyle Lafferty grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-4 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Steven Whittaker.
David Healy is ruled offside. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
David Healy replaces Nikica Jelavic.
Foul by Morgaro Gomis on El-Hadji Diouf, Penalty awarded. The referee shows Morgaro Gomis a red card for serious foul play. Penalty missed by Steven Whittaker.
Corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line, clearance made by Prince Buaben.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas from the right by-line, save made by Allan McGregor.
Nikica Jelavic produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Nikica Jelavic finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dundee Utd 0-3 Rangers.
Short corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line.
John Fleck challenges Johnny Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
The referee penalises Maurice Edu for handball. Daniel Swanson leaves the field to be replaced by Prince Buaben. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
The referee penalises Steven Davis for handball. Steven Naismith goes off and John Fleck comes on. David Goodwillie goes off and Timothy van der Meulen comes on. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Sean Dillon on Nikica Jelavic, Penalty awarded. Sean Dillon sent off. Power penalty scored by Steven Whittaker. Dundee Utd 0-2 Rangers.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.
Nikica Jelavic produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by David Goodwillie results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Dusan Pernis by Madjid Bougherra results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Daniel Swanson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Free kick crossed by Steven Whittaker.
Foul by Scott Robertson on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Header from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Naismith on Scott Severin. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Maurice Edu on Barry Douglas, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Barry Douglas from left channel.
Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Madjid Bougherra from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Douglas. Strike comes in from Barry Douglas from the free kick.
Steven Naismith takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Maurice Edu, free kick awarded. Maurice Edu takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Scott Severin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Weir.
Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Swanson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Barry Douglas, Maurice Edu makes a clearance.
Garry Kenneth concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Swanson challenges Steven Whittaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
Kyle Lafferty challenges Garry Kenneth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
El-Hadji Diouf comes on in place of Kyle Hutton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Kenneth by Nikica Jelavic. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Hutton by Scott Robertson. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson by Kyle Hutton results in a free kick. Booking for Kyle Hutton for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Douglas, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.
Barry Douglas joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Robertson.
Mihael Kovacevic challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Mihael Kovacevic sent from the field by the ref for serious foul play. Placed penalty scored by Steven Whittaker. Dundee Utd 0-1 Rangers.
Corner taken by Daniel Swanson played to the near post.
Maurice Edu challenges Daniel Swanson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Swanson has an effort direct from the free kick, Maurice Edu gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Steven Naismith. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Davis, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against Steven Naismith for handball. Steven Naismith is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Morgaro Gomis. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Davis, save by Dusan Pernis.
Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robertson. Scott Robertson takes the direct free kick.
Houston backs Goodwillie
Dundee United manager Peter Houston has warned Rangers that David Goodwillie is capable of denting their Clydesdale Bank Premier League title dream at Tannadice.
Goodwillie struck an 89th-minute winner as United claimed a 3-2 victory at Ibrox on April 2, his goal on the counter attack a blow to Walter Smith's ambition of finishing his final season at Rangers with the SPL trophy.
With Rangers entering the match at Tannadice with a one-point lead over Celtic, having already played a game more, victory is a must for them.
But Houston knows Goodwillie is capable of inflicting further damage to Smith's SPL title bid.
Houston said: "He can score in any company and I think he's proved that - he's got all the talent in the world.
"This season on the park he's been at times a revelation in the SPL and a revelation for me in the United team."
Goodwillie has scored 14 league goals this term and was linked with a winter transfer window move to Ibrox.
The 22-year-old, though, extended his United deal last month having been shown loyalty after being charged for an alleged serious sexual assault in January. The inquiry is ongoing.
His form has continued and led to a PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year nomination.
Houston added: "With us having (Jon) Daly injured for spells during the season he's led the line and he's played the majority of games and he's done fantastically well.
"With all the off-field problems he has had he has not let it get to him too much and he's still banging in the goals."
Goodwillie's ability was epitomised in the final moments of the last SPL meeting between Rangers and United.
Houston expects their visitors will be wary of the same result, should the scenario repeat itself.
He added: "Rangers were desperate to win the match and left themselves open and we counter-attacked at the last minute.
"It was a tough game at Ibrox and we got the break - it could quite easily have gone the other way when the ball hit the bar.
"I'm sure if it's 2-2 in the last minute they'll not put quite as many men up as for a corner."
Houston insists the win at Ibrox was not because Rangers underestimated his side and he expects Smith to name his best available XI.
"It was down to us, not so much Rangers stepping off the pace," he added. "It wouldn't surprise me to see their most experienced team playing. What we've got to make sure is we're ready for that."
Smith believes nerves will begin to kick in for both halves of the Old Firm this week as they continue their respective bids to claim the title.
Rangers and Celtic have scraped unconvincing victories in recent weeks, with a single point all that separates the Glasgow giants.
Smith does not reckon too many jitters have been evident so far but admits that could all be about to change with the final Old Firm derby of the season looming this weekend.
Asked if he was aware of an increase in tension and anxiety, the Rangers boss said: "I think we will start to experience that now. I don't think we have witnessed a great deal of that so far.
"It's part and parcel of getting to this stage of the season.
"It happens if your team is fortunate enough to be involved in attempting to win a championship or your team are fighting relegation - there is a nervous aspect that has to be overcome."
A large number of the Rangers squad have been over the course before in terms of delivering the SPL crown in the last two seasons and Smith added: "You always hope the experience will be a good thing for you.
"But, on the other hand, Celtic have a freshness about them that can counter that bit of experience that we've got. It comes down to how we do and how we handle the matches.
"I'm afraid the old managerial adage of taking one game at a time is exactly what you have to do at this stage of the season."
Before the visit of Celtic on Sunday, Rangers travel to Tannadice but Smith does not believe the next seven days will necessarily be the most crucial week in the title race.
He said: "I hope not in the sense that we would hope to get through this week and have vital games to come in the future.
"As we get to this stage of the season, each of the games you play become important in the run-in.
"Dundee United have beaten us at Ibrox recently so we don't need to be reminded of the difficulties of going to Tannadice. It will be an extremely difficult match for us."
Rangers win in chaotic game
Rangers moved four points clear at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after an incredible match which ended 4-0 and saw Dundee United reduced to eight men and concede three penalties.
Steven Whittaker converted twice from the spot before failing to claim his hat-trick by missing the third spot-kick, as Mihael Kovacevic, Sean Dillon and Morgaro Gomis were all dismissed for denying clear goalscoring opportunities.
Nikica Jelavic and Kyle Lafferty were also on target to ensure the SPL champions head into this weekend's Old Firm derby at the summit, regardless of the outcome of Celtic's game at Kilmarnock on Wednesday.
Rangers made three changes from the side which beat St Mirren at the weekend for the clash at Tannadice.
Madjid Bougherra was back after five games on the sidelines through injury and started along with Kyle Hutton and Steven Naismith, who returned from suspension. El-Hadji Diouf, Jamie Ness and Richard Foster dropped out of the side.
United also made three changes. Kovacevic made his first start of the season after a cruciate ligament injury and David Robertson and Scott Robertson also started, while Paul Dixon was suspended and Craig Conway and Prince Buaben were named on the bench.
Rangers could have applied some pressure when Maurice Edu won a free-kick and Steven Davis delivered into the packed goal-mouth only for goalkeeper Dusan Pernis to gather before anyone could connect.
Naismith then collected from Jelavic and had the ball in the back of the net but he handled in the build-up and the effort was disallowed.
The match exploded when Lafferty drew a save from Pernis, before Kovacevic fouled Naismith in the box and referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot.
The full-back was then dismissed in similar circumstances to Aberdeen's Andrew Considine, who was sent off by the same match official in the Scottish Cup at the weekend.
Whittaker stepped up for the spot-kick and sent a low shot into the bottom corner after 22 minutes as he converted from 12 yards for the second time in as many games.
United immediately made a change and David Robertson was withdrawn for Barry Douglas, before Jelavic dragged a shot wide as Rangers attempted to double their advantage.
Hutton picked up a booking and was replaced just three minutes later by Diouf, as Rangers made their first switch with 34 minutes gone.
Naismith then saw his header saved by Pernis, before Lafferty was again denied by a decent block from the goalkeeper just before the break.
Recent matches had been nervous, hard-fought affairs for Rangers and they set about trying to add to their tally in the second half.
A foul by Douglas on Naismith provided an opportunity to put the United defence under pressure and Diouf whipped a dangerous ball into the box but Jelavic nodded just over.
The Croatian striker squandered another chance in front of goal moments later, this time meeting a decent ball from Davis and failing to keep the volley down and on target.
Rangers doubled their lead after an hour when the referee pointed to the penalty spot and reached for his red card for the second time in the game, as Dillon was sent packing for tripping Jelavic. Again, Whittaker held his nerve to score.
There appeared to be no way back for United when Rangers grabbed their third of the night after 72 minutes.
Davis forced a decent block from Pernis but the goalkeeper spilled into the path of Jelavic who netted the rebound from the tightest of angles to claim his fifth goal in his last seven matches.
There was further drama to come when Gomis was sent off for a push on Diouf and Rangers were handed their third penalty with 12 minutes to go. However, Whittaker failed to find the net on this occasion, blasting high and wide.
Lafferty then sealed the victory after 82 minutes when he controlled a neat lay-off from substitute David Healy before rifling home from 25 yards.
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