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Kyle Lafferty fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle Lafferty goes off and Richard Foster comes on. Free kick taken by El-Hadji Diouf.
Prince Buaben sends in a cross, clearance by Sasa Papac.
Effort on goal by Lee McCulloch from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Shot from 20 yards by Steven Whittaker. Save by Dusan Pernis.
El-Hadji Diouf is brought on as a substitute for Nikica Jelavic.
Paul Dixon produces a cross, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
Keith Watson produces a cross, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
Shot from long distance by Stuart Armstrong bounces off the post.
Jon Daly takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Keith Watson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
A cross is delivered by Craig Conway, Stuart Armstrong takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Lee McCulloch fouled by David Goodwillie, the ref awards a free kick. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Davis, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, Paul Dixon gets a block in.
David Robertson goes off and Stuart Armstrong comes on.
Shot from just outside the box by Morgaro Gomis misses to the left of the goal.
Maurice Edu fouled by Garry Kenneth, the ref awards a free kick. Nikica Jelavic produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Foul by Paul Dixon on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Madjid Bougherra crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Keith Watson.
Prince Buaben replaces Scott Robertson.
Craig Conway takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Scott Robertson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
Keith Watson crosses the ball, Steven Davis makes a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
Nikica Jelavic delivers the ball, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Lee McCulloch comes on in place of Gregg Wylde.
Keith Watson delivers the ball.
The referee gives a free kick against Craig Conway for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway from the right by-line, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway played to the near post.
The ball is crossed by Keith Watson, clearance made by David Weir.
A cross is delivered by Keith Watson, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
Paul Dixon delivers the ball, David Weir makes a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Severin. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Conway by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Craig Conway crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Foul by Sasa Papac on Morgaro Gomis, free kick awarded. Garry Kenneth restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Craig Conway misses to the left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Craig Conway, clearance by David Weir.
The ball is delivered by Keith Watson, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
The ball is sent over by Nikica Jelavic.
Sasa Papac fouled by Jon Daly, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Paul Dixon.
Unfair challenge on Scott Robertson by Madjid Bougherra results in a free kick. Morgaro Gomis takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker.
Craig Conway gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gregg Wylde, comfortable save by Dusan Pernis.
Johnny Russell goes off and Jon Daly comes on.
Steven Naismith sends in a cross, Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.
The ball is sent over by Keith Watson.
The referee blows for offside. Scott Severin takes the indirect free kick.
David Goodwillie challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
Centre by Keith Watson, Allan McGregor makes a save.
Craig Conway produces a cross, David Weir makes a clearance.
Paul Dixon sends in a cross.
The ball is sent over by Craig Conway.
The ball is delivered by Craig Conway, Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
Garry Kenneth has a drilled shot. Blocked by Steven Davis.
The ball is sent over by Nikica Jelavic, Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.
David Robertson fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Robertson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gregg Wylde, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.
Garry Kenneth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
A cross is delivered by Craig Conway, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
Centre by Craig Conway, clearance by David Weir.
Johnny Russell concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
Kyle Lafferty crosses the ball, Scott Severin makes a clearance.
Keith Watson sends in a cross, blocked by Steven Naismith.
Centre by Steven Davis, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Centre by Johnny Russell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Craig Conway. Craig Conway delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Kyle Lafferty fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 2-0 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Steven Naismith.
A cross is delivered by Keith Watson, clearance made by David Weir.
The ball is sent over by Paul Dixon, clearance by Sasa Papac.
Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, Nikica Jelavic finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Rangers 1-0 Dundee Utd.Assist by Steven Whittaker.
Shot on goal by Nikica Jelavic from just inside the area goes over the target.
Paul Dixon fouled by Steven Whittaker, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
Centre by Gregg Wylde. The ball is swung over by Gregg Wylde.
Craig Conway delivers the ball, Steven Davis gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Gregg Wylde, blocked by Johnny Russell.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Kyle Lafferty strikes the post.
The ball is crossed by Maurice Edu, Nikica Jelavic has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Nikica Jelavic sends in a cross, save by Allan McGregor.
Steven Davis produces a cross.
Corner taken by Steven Davis, save by Dusan Pernis.
The offside flag is raised against Craig Conway. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
Foul by Steven Whittaker on Scott Robertson, free kick awarded. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.
Nikica Jelavic is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Shot by Steven Whittaker. Blocked by Keith Watson.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
Gregg Wylde takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Paul Dixon.
Unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Scott Severin results in a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save made by Dusan Pernis.
Corner taken right-footed by Craig Conway, David Weir makes a clearance.
Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Conway. Scott Severin restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
The ball is delivered by Kyle Lafferty, save made by Dusan Pernis.
Effort from just outside the box by Keith Watson goes over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Sasa Papac, clearance by Paul Dixon.
No new concerns for Gers
Rangers manager Walter Smith is set to name a largely unchanged squad for the visit of Dundee United in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The Scottish champions came through Saturday's 4-0 win over Hearts unscathed, meaning no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash.
Rangers were also boosted by the return of Lee McCulloch, who came off the bench to make his first appearance since early February.
Meanwhile, Craig Whyte claims Rangers would have had to sell star goalkeeper Allan McGregor if his bid to buy the club had fallen through.
After six months of negotiations, London-based businessman Whyte took over from Sir David Murray on Friday night in a deal worth #52.5million.
The new owner admits there were times when he thought of walking away and insists that if the buy-out had not gone ahead, McGregor would have been sold in the summer.
However, a new deal for the Scotland number one is back on the table.
"If the deal had not gone ahead on Friday, Rangers would have been in the position where they would have had to sell Allan McGregor, but that is no longer the case," Whyte told the Scottish Sun.
On the pitch, Rangers need two wins from their last two games to guarantee retaining the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.
Whyte added: "Our focus is completely on winning the league. That is the gateway to Europe and the Champions League.
"As a football club and as a business we want to be successful both on and off the pitch. Rangers are now in a position that we are debt-free."
The visitors have battled stretched resources - as a result of various short and long-term injuries - and a congested fixture programme to claim fourth place.
Only Darren Dods, who has been out all season with a knee injury, is a confirmed absentee, with Danny Swanson doubtful with a tight hamstring.
And manager Peter Houston insists his side will be seeking to replicate the success of their April 2 clash at Ibrox, when they ran out 3-2 winners.
He said: "A lot of people didn't expect us to win there. The great thing about the last time we played there is that we twice came from behind.
"Other times when we've been through there when we've gone behind we've capitulated and lost heavily.
"We always go and try and play. The one thing Celtic and Rangers both know is they'll get a game of football against us - we won't camp on our 18 yard box.
"It will be an open game. We go for it. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn't."
Since the win at Rangers, which was part of a run of six straight league successes, United have lost 4-0 to Rangers and 4-1 at Celtic.
Houston is adamant there are just a handful of performances he has been unhappy with this season.
He said: "There are four games where I could turn around and criticise the players for playing really poorly, but in no circumstances or at any time did I say they didn't try.
"Dundee United are going to Ibrox tomorrow to win three points, like Dundee United go anywhere at any time during the course of the season."
Smith bows out as Gers close in on title
Rangers moved to within touching distance of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title as they marked manager Walter Smith's final game at Ibrox with a 2-0 win over Dundee United.
Goals from Nikica Jelavic and Kyle Lafferty sealed the points, with the Scottish champions now hoping to wrap up the championship in the last match of the season against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday.
Of course, Rangers could be celebrating before then if Celtic lose at Hearts on Wednesday night and gift the trophy to their bitter rivals.
Fans paid their own tribute to the outgoing manager in the form of a banner which stated his achievements over two spells at Rangers: 'League champions nine times, Scottish Cup winners five times, League Cup winners six times, thank you Walter Smith.'
The Ibrox faithful will now be hoping the number of titles will stand at 10 by the time Smith bows out this weekend.
Rangers named the same side that had notched up 4-0 and 5-0 wins over Hearts and Motherwell respectively in their last two games.
United - who suffered a 4-0 defeat at Tannadice the last time the two teams met - opted for a defensive approach and Jon Daly was dropped despite scoring a hat-trick at the weekend, as David Robertson was drafted into the side.
New Rangers owner Craig Whyte was again in the stand and was spotted deep in conversation before the game with Donald Muir, who was previously Lloyds Banking Group's representative on the board before his resignation as a non-executive director on Friday.
On the pitch, Rangers could have been ahead when a Steven Davis corner broke for Steven Whittaker and his long, low shot was blocked before Jelavic saw his rebound strike smothered by goalkeeper Dusan Pernis.
Jelavic then had another effort saved at the near post by Pernis, with Lafferty loitering with intent in front of an open goal, before the Croatian sent a header flashing just wide of the upright.
Rangers continued to pile on the pressure and only the woodwork prevented them from grabbing the opener when Lafferty's ferocious shot crashed off the post.
The home side's hard work paid off when they netted two quick-fire goals in the space of four minutes.
Jelavic set the ball rolling after 21 minutes when he met Whittaker's cross and bulleted a header past the grasp of the United goalkeeper from 10 yards.
Lafferty then raced on to a lovely through ball from Steven Naismith before stroking a right-footed shot into the back of the net to double the advantage.
Rangers started the second half strongly and could have extended their lead had Sasa Papac been able to connect cleanly in front of goal with a Jelavic ball into the danger area.
The striker turned provider again a few moments later, this time whipping across the face of goal for Lafferty, who just failed to connect at the back post and stab home his second of the night.
Rangers threw Lee McCulloch - who made his comeback from knee surgery at the weekend - into the action for youngster Gregg Wylde with 65 minutes gone.
United could have hauled themselves back into the game when Craig Conway's corner found Scott Robertson and his bullet header was held by goalkeeper Allan McGregor at his near post, before Robertson made way for the introduction of Prince Buaben.
Any hopes of a United comeback could have been snuffed out when Maurice Edu won a free-kick just outside the area and Jelavic's swerving effort fell just off-target.
McGregor was called into action again as the game entered the final 10 minutes, when he produced an impressive save to deny substitute Daly.
But, on a night that also saw skipper David Weir celebrate his 41st birthday, Rangers held on to pile the pressure on Celtic in a nerve-shredding climax to the campaign.
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