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Unfair challenge on Dusan Pernis by Nikica Jelavic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
David Goodwillie grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 2-3 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from David Robertson.
Gregg Wylde takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Whittaker takes a shot.
Steven Naismith produces a cross, clearance by Prince Buaben.
The ball is swung over by Gregg Wylde, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
A cross is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Scott Severin manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Maurice Edu. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon from right wing.
Richard Foster crosses the ball.
Foul by Sean Dillon on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Paul Dixon.
The ball is crossed by Keith Watson, Allan McGregor makes a save.
Steven Naismith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
(Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with Prince Buaben coming on for Daniel Swanson. El-Hadji Diouf fouled by Scott Severin, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Whittaker from right channel.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregg Wylde by David Goodwillie. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Swanson goes into the book. Daniel Swanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Conway takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
A cross is delivered by David Goodwillie, save made by Allan McGregor.
Johnny Russell finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Rangers 2-2 Dundee Utd.The assist for the goal came from Paul Dixon.
David Goodwillie challenges Allan McGregor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, save made by Allan McGregor.
Gregg Wylde gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson. Paul Dixon delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Scott Severin on for Barry Douglas. Scott Robertson leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Conway.
Sean Dillon crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
Effort from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic clears the bar.
Paul Dixon goes into the referee's book. Paul Dixon challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Johnny Russell from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
A cross is delivered by Richard Foster.
Barry Douglas sends in a cross, save made by Allan McGregor.
The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.
Steven Whittaker produces a cross.
Gregg Wylde gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson. Free kick taken by Daniel Swanson.
Paul Dixon concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, clearance by Barry Douglas.
Nikica Jelavic delivers the ball, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Keith Watson.
Effort on goal by Steven Whittaker from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
El-Hadji Diouf takes the inswinging corner, save by Dusan Pernis.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Steven Whittaker. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Johnny Russell challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Daniel Swanson crosses the ball.
Richard Foster sends in a cross, save by Dusan Pernis.
Daniel Swanson is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, David Robertson makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Steven Naismith from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 2-1 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Maurice Edu.
Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
Barry Douglas delivers the ball, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
Barry Douglas sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
Steven Naismith crosses the ball, save by Dusan Pernis.
Richard Foster delivers the ball, Johnny Russell makes a clearance.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Paul Dixon gets a block in.
Sasa Papac challenges Keith Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Watson takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by David Goodwillie, clearance made by Richard Foster.
Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line to the near post, Johnny Russell manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Richard Foster, Barry Douglas gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
Daniel Swanson has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
El-Hadji Diouf is ruled offside. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Davis delivers the ball.
Corner taken by Gregg Wylde played to the near post, clearance made by Scott Robertson.
Corner taken short by El-Hadji Diouf.
Gregg Wylde crosses the ball, Barry Douglas makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Richard Foster by Scott Robertson results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Keith Watson. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.
Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on David Robertson. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
Steven Naismith is shown a yellow card. Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell. Barry Douglas takes the free kick.
Richard Foster produces a cross, clearance by Paul Dixon.
Keith Watson sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Sean Dillon.
The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Paul Dixon.
Scott Robertson challenges Steven Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Dixon.
Nikica Jelavic finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Rangers 1-0 Dundee Utd.Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Paul Dixon results in a free kick. Assist by El-Hadji Diouf.
Effort on goal by Daniel Swanson from long range goes over the crossbar.
Shot by Barry Douglas from a long way out goes over the target.
Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, clearance made by Keith Watson.
The ball is delivered by Steven Naismith, clearance made by Sean Dillon.
Nikica Jelavic delivers the ball, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by David Goodwillie from long range goes over the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by David Goodwillie, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.
El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball.
Centre by Gregg Wylde, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.
Smith wants end to ownership saga
Rangers manager Walter Smith has called for the club's ownership issue to be resolved as soon as possible as Craig Whyte's takeover bid nears a conclusion.
Chairman Alastair Johnston revealed earlier on Friday that the Scottish champions expect to know one way or another what is happening with regards to the proposed buy-out in the next couple of days.
Smith, speaking ahead of Saturday`s home clash against Dundee United, now hopes a deal can be completed sooner rather than later.
He said: "It's crucial that the ownership aspect of the club gets settled as soon as it possibly can.
"We are in a situation where the club has been for sale for two-and-a-half, three years now.
"It's reached the stage just now where, when that gets sorted out, it will help bring back a bit of stability to the club and that's the most important thing."
For now, Smith is happy to focus on events on the field, adding: "It doesn't affect us that greatly on the footballing side of things.
"We just have to try and handle the situation, as we have done for the last two or three years.
"We don't have any great knowledge of what is happening in the background, it's not our department, and we just have to handle the footballing part.
"I don't think it's been too much of a distraction for us. It's just a matter of us getting on with the footballing side of things and wait and see what happens."
With Smith set to quit at the end of the season, he knows a change in ownership is unlikely to affect his final couple of months at the helm as Rangers bid to retain the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.
Rangers will be without injured duo Madjid Bougherra and Vladimir Weiss for their game against Dundee United.
Bougherra has a hamstring strain, while Weiss is still troubled with a foot problem ahead of the clash at Ibrox.
Steven Naismith (hamstring and groin) and Steven Davis (knee) have recovered from the injuries which kept them out of their respective international matches, although Kyle Lafferty could be a doubt with a knee injury.
Kirk Broadfoot and Jamie Ness are both fit again but the visit of United may come too soon for the pair.
Speaking ahead of the Ibrox clash, Dundee United boss Peter Houston insists his players each deserve an award for their league form in March.
The Tangerines won 15 points from a possible 15 after playing five matches in just 19 days and this led to Houston and striker David Goodwillie receiving the manager and player of the month awards.
United, who now head to Rangers to try for six straight SPL wins, blotted their month by losing to Motherwell in the Scottish Cup on Wednesday but Houston insists what they achieved in the league was beyond anything he could have imagined.
The Scotland assistant manager also played down his role in their success.
He said: "It's nothing to do with me.
"It's the players who deserve the award. In fact, they deserve one each.
"They got 15 points out of 15 in March and they've a lot to be pleased with.
"They had to dig deep into reservoirs of strength and desire and the victories they got are all credit to the players.
"This award is to the backroom staff too. We have all mucked in together and it has been a good month."
United were disappointed to relinquish the Scottish Cup with such a whimper at Fir Park in midweek and Houston expects a reaction from his men against title-chasing Rangers.
United will be without defender Garry Kenneth, with the centre-half is still recovering from a knee injury and will not resume full training until next week.
But Houston's options have been boosted by the return of Scott Severin, Craig Conway and Mihael Kovacevic in recent weeks.
He said: "We have got a tough one at Ibrox.
"It is never easy and our record is not great recently at Ibrox.
"We got there after the disappointment of getting knocked out of the cup but we want to keep our league run going.
"It's going to be a difficult game, Rangers are chasing the championship, but I think we have a lot to play for.
"Just because we are out the cup doesn't mean we can sit back and enjoy the rest of the season. We have an awful lot to play for."
United striker Goodwillie, who signed a one-year contract extension on Thursday, leads the Tannadice scoring charts and hopes to keep his rich vein of form going.
"I have signed a new deal so have the next couple of years sorted out," he said.
"I'm pleased at that."
Gers stunned by Goodwillie winner
Rangers blew the chance to move top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League for the first time since Boxing Day as Dundee United claimed a last-gasp 3-2 win at Ibrox.
With Celtic's game postponed earlier in the day, victory for the Scottish champions would have seen them leapfrog their rivals to the summit.
But Rangers were twice pegged back when goals from Nikica Jelavic and Steven Naismith were cancelled out by David Robertson and Johnny Russell before David Goodwillie netted a last-minute winner.
Rangers were forced to make a number of changes from their Co-operative Insurance Cup winning team for the visit of United.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor was back between the sticks as Neil Alexander settled for a place on the bench, after helping secure the first trophy of the season at Hampden.
Richard Foster and El-Hadji Diouf also started at Ibrox but, with the likes of Madjid Bougherra, Kyle Lafferty and Vladimir Weiss among those injured, Walter Smith's selection problems were highlighted by the fact he was able to name just five substitutes.
United also made changes from their midweek Scottish Cup defeat, with Morgaro Gomis, Barry Douglas and Russell all drafted into the side.
"Step up and Pay, Mr Whyte" urged a banner in the crowd as the Scottish tycoon's protracted takeover of Rangers neared its conclusion.
But the players were keen to focus on business on the park in their bid to move top of the table and they enjoyed much of the early possession.
Diouf's cross from the left found Jelavic in the box and the Croatian striker tried to nod past goalkeeper Dusan Pernis for the opener but his header bounced wide.
However, Jelavic was on target as Rangers surged into the lead with 19 minutes gone.
He won a free-kick just outside the area before connecting with Diouf's ball into the box to send a firm header into the back of the net from 10 yards.
United had tried their luck with a couple of pot shots from outside the box that had failed to trouble McGregor.
But they were back on level terms a minute from half-time when David Robertson raced onto Danny Swanson's pass and slotted home.
Rangers knew they needed a positive reaction in the second half and they managed to restore their lead eight minutes after the restart.
Diouf's corner broke for Maurice Edu and he nodded on for Naismith to rifle past the helpless Pernis high into the back of the net.
United must have thought they had levelled again when Swanson fired through the legs of McGregor from a tight angle only for the ball to trundle across the face of the empty goal before the danger was eventually cleared.
At the other end, another corner from Diouf fell for Naismith but, this time, he blasted well over, squandering the chance to double his tally.
United refused to give up and had the net bulging again after 78 minutes, with Paul Dixon setting up Russell for a header that left McGregor with no chance.
The Rangers goalkeeper was then called into action to tip a Goodwillie effort onto the bar as the visitors attempted to go for the win.
With time fast running out, Jelavic threw himself in front of Gregg Wylde's cross only to see his header blocked, before Steven Whittaker saw his header come off the bar.
Instead, it was United who snatched all three points as Goodwillie immediately raced up the other end of the park and fired home the winner with a minute to go.
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