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  • Date:02 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ibrox Stadium
  • Attendance:46,697
  • Jelavic (18) Naismith (51)
  • Goodwillie (76) Russell (76)
    Goodwillie (88)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91mins

Unfair challenge on Dusan Pernis by Nikica Jelavic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.

89mins

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.

89mins

Gregg Wylde takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Whittaker takes a shot.

89mins

Steven Naismith produces a cross, clearance by Prince Buaben.

88mins

The ball is swung over by Gregg Wylde, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.

88mins

A cross is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Scott Severin manages to make a clearance.

85mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Russell by Maurice Edu. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Dixon from right wing.

84mins

Richard Foster crosses the ball.

84mins

Foul by Sean Dillon on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Paul Dixon.

83mins

The ball is crossed by Keith Watson, Allan McGregor makes a save.

82mins

Steven Naismith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.

81mins

(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.

80mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gregg Wylde by David Goodwillie. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

79mins

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.

79mins

Craig Conway takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

79mins

A cross is delivered by David Goodwillie, save made by Allan McGregor.

77mins

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.

76mins

David Goodwillie challenges Allan McGregor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, save made by Allan McGregor.

75mins

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.

75mins

El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.

73mins

Scott Severin on for Barry Douglas. Scott Robertson leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Conway.

73mins

Sean Dillon crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.

70mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic clears the bar.

70mins

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.

68mins

Effort on goal by Johnny Russell from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

67mins

A cross is delivered by Richard Foster.

67mins

Barry Douglas sends in a cross, save made by Allan McGregor.

66mins

The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.

65mins

Steven Whittaker produces a cross.

64mins

Gregg Wylde gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson. Free kick taken by Daniel Swanson.

63mins

Paul Dixon concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.

62mins

The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, clearance by Barry Douglas.

62mins

Nikica Jelavic delivers the ball, clearance made by Sean Dillon.

61mins

Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Keith Watson.

60mins

Effort on goal by Steven Whittaker from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

59mins

El-Hadji Diouf takes the inswinging corner, save by Dusan Pernis.

57mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Goodwillie by Steven Whittaker. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.

57mins

Johnny Russell challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

Daniel Swanson crosses the ball.

56mins

Richard Foster sends in a cross, save by Dusan Pernis.

55mins

Daniel Swanson is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

54mins

The ball is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, David Robertson makes a clearance.

52mins

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.

52mins

Inswinging corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf.

51mins

Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, clearance made by Sean Dillon.

49mins

Barry Douglas delivers the ball, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.

47mins

Barry Douglas sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.

45mins

Steven Naismith crosses the ball, save by Dusan Pernis.

44mins

Richard Foster delivers the ball, Johnny Russell makes a clearance.

44mins

El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Paul Dixon gets a block in.

42mins

Sasa Papac challenges Keith Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keith Watson takes the direct free kick.

39mins

The ball is swung over by David Goodwillie, clearance made by Richard Foster.

37mins

Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line to the near post, Johnny Russell manages to make a clearance.

37mins

Centre by Richard Foster, Barry Douglas gets a block in.

37mins

The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Paul Dixon.

35mins

Daniel Swanson has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

34mins

El-Hadji Diouf is ruled offside. Dusan Pernis restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Steven Davis delivers the ball.

34mins

Corner taken by Gregg Wylde played to the near post, clearance made by Scott Robertson.

33mins

Corner taken short by El-Hadji Diouf.

33mins

Gregg Wylde crosses the ball, Barry Douglas makes a clearance.

32mins

Unfair challenge on Richard Foster by Scott Robertson results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

30mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Keith Watson. Dusan Pernis takes the free kick.

29mins

Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on David Robertson. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.

28mins

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.

28mins

Richard Foster produces a cross, clearance by Paul Dixon.

26mins

Keith Watson sends in a cross.

26mins

The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Sean Dillon.

25mins

The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Paul Dixon.

24mins

Scott Robertson challenges Steven Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.

20mins

Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Dixon.

19mins

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.

17mins

Effort on goal by Daniel Swanson from long range goes over the crossbar.

16mins

Shot by Barry Douglas from a long way out goes over the target.

15mins

Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, clearance made by Keith Watson.

13mins

The ball is delivered by Steven Naismith, clearance made by Sean Dillon.

10mins

Nikica Jelavic delivers the ball, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.

9mins

Effort on goal by David Goodwillie from long range goes over the crossbar.

8mins

The ball is swung over by David Goodwillie, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.

5mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Dusan Pernis takes the indirect free kick.

5mins

El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball.

4mins

Centre by Gregg Wylde, Sean Dillon manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

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."

Formation:442Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

Formation: 451Manager: Peter Houston

Dundee Utd

  • Allan McGregor
  • Richard Foster
  • Steven Whittaker
  • David Weir
  • Sasa Papac
  • Steven Naismith
  • Steven Davis
  • Maurice Edu
  • Gregg Wylde
  • Nikica Jelavic
  • El-Hadji Diouf
  • SUBS
  • Neil Alexander
  • John Fleck
  • Salim Kerkar
  • Jamie Ness
  • Kyle Hutton

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Match Report

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.

Form Guide

    WWLWWW
  • Rangers
  • VS
  • Dundee Utd
  • DWWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 4 - 0
  • Dundee Utd
  • 18/09/2010
  • Dundee Utd
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 01/05/2010
  • Dundee Utd
  • 0 - 0
  • Rangers
  • 14/04/2010
  • Rangers
  • 7 - 1
  • Dundee Utd
  • 30/12/2009
  • Dundee Utd
  • 0 - 3
  • Rangers
  • 15/12/2009
  • Dundee Utd
  • 0 - 3
  • Rangers
  • 24/05/2009

Top Scorers

Rangers

  • N Jelavic 8
  • SJ Naismith 6
  • V Weiss 5
  • K Lafferty 3
  • S Papac 2
  • S Davis 2
  • M Edu 2
  • D Healy 1
  • E Diouf 1
  • M Bougherra 1
  • K Bartley 1

Dundee Utd

  • D Goodwillie 11
  • J Daly 5
  • J Russell 5
  • C Conway 2
  • D Robertson 2
  • D Swanson 2
  • P Buaben 2
  • B Douglas 2
  • S Dillon 1
  • G Kenneth 1
  • M Gomis 1
  • A Shala 1

Goals

Rangers

    • Total goals 84
    • Goals per game 60
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Dundee Utd

    • Total goals 62
    • Goals per game 38
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 15 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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