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Kyle Bartley receives a caution.
Red card for Gregg Wylde.
The ball is swung over by Gavin Gunning, clearance by Kyle Bartley.
Ryan Dow is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Garry Kenneth.
Unfair challenge on Jon Daly by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Paul Dixon crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Kyle Bartley.
The ball is crossed by Alejandro Bedoya, Scott Robertson manages to make a clearance.
Garry Kenneth scores an own goal from 6 yards. Rangers 3-1 Dundee Utd.Assist by Steven Whittaker.
Unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Johnny Russell results in a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick. Johnny Russell leaves the field to be replaced by Lauri Dalla Valle.
A cross is delivered by John Rankin, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Ryan Dow on Alejandro Bedoya, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
The ball is delivered by Johnny Russell, clearance by Dorin Goian.
Ryan Dow joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Mackay-Steven.
Paul Dixon crosses the ball.
Corner taken right-footed by Alejandro Bedoya.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Rankin on Maurice Edu. Maurice Edu takes the free kick.
Garry Kenneth sends in a cross, Jon Daly scores a headed goal from close range. Rangers 2-1 Dundee Utd.Alejandro Bedoya joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt McKay. Garry Kenneth provided the assist for the goal.
Centre by Paul Dixon.
Gavin Gunning challenges Kyle Bartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nikica Jelavic.
John Rankin delivers the ball.
Gregg Wylde takes a outswinging corner. Unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Matt McKay results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Matt McKay. John Rankin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half.
Sasa Papac takes a shot. Garry Kenneth gets a block in.
Gavin Gunning takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
Sasa Papac receives a caution for dissent.
Paul Dixon concedes a Penalty for a foul on Gregg Wylde. Penalty taken right-footed by Nikica Jelavic and scored. Rangers 2-0 Dundee Utd.
Kyle Bartley takes a shot. Sasa Papac gets a block in. Sasa Papac has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.
Matt McKay fouled by Willo Flood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kyle Bartley.
The ball is delivered by Steven Davis, Willo Flood makes a clearance.
Gary Mackay-Steven fouled by Steven Whittaker, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Mackay-Steven takes the free kick.
Garry Kenneth crosses the ball.
Corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Johnny Russell.
Garry Kenneth sends in a cross, Allan McGregor makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Steven Davis, Headed effort from inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the left of the goal.
Jon Daly sends in a cross.
Gregg Wylde is caught offside. Free kick taken by Dusan Pernis.
Gary Mackay-Steven crosses the ball, clearance made by Dorin Goian.
Corner taken right-footed by Willo Flood, Corner taken left-footed by Gary Mackay-Steven, clearance made by Dorin Goian. Dorin Goian manages to make a clearance.
Centre by John Rankin.
The referee blows for offside. Gavin Gunning takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker.
The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, save by Dusan Pernis.
(Rangers) makes a substitution, with Gregg Wylde coming on for Lee Wallace.
Maurice Edu sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by John Rankin. Maurice Edu restarts play with the free kick.
Lee Wallace produces a cross, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace, save by Dusan Pernis.
Gary Mackay-Steven crosses the ball, Carlos Bocanegra makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Keith Watson, clearance made by Dorin Goian.
Sasa Papac delivers the ball, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
The ball is swung over by Sasa Papac, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
Paul Dixon crosses the ball, save made by Allan McGregor.
Matt McKay produces a cross, Nikica Jelavic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from just outside the area. Rangers 1-0 Dundee Utd.Matt McKay provided the assist for the goal.
Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Lee Wallace, Garry Kenneth makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Steven Davis, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
Paul Dixon sends in a cross, Unfair challenge on Dorin Goian by Scott Robertson results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
Nikica Jelavic is caught offside. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Johnny Russell goes wide left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Lee Wallace, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
A cross is delivered by Lee Wallace, blocked by Johnny Russell.
The ball is sent over by Johnny Russell, Effort on goal by Jon Daly from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Gary Mackay-Steven delivers the ball, clearance by Carlos Bocanegra.
Matt McKay concedes a free kick for a foul on Garry Kenneth. Gavin Gunning takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Lee Wallace, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
Willo Flood takes a shot. Blocked by Matt McKay.
The ball is swung over by Maurice Edu, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.
McCoist confident over new Lafferty deal
Rangers manager Ally McCoist is confident an agreement can be reached with Kyle Lafferty over a new deal.
McCoist revealed last week that chairman Craig Whyte had opened contract talks with the Northern Irishman's agent about extending his stay at Ibrox.
The Rangers boss has since had a chance to speak to Lafferty about his future with the Light Blues and does not anticipate too many problems.
"I've spoken to Kyle and Kyle is happy here. We are very happy to have Kyle here," McCoist said.
"We would want to extend his contract, Kyle wants to extend it and that's where we are at the moment.
"There hasn't been any figures thrashed out but, when you've got two parties and they both want the same thing, it gives you a good chance of getting a deal."
As well as tying up Lafferty, McCoist is also keen to bolster his squad further in January.
He admits the loss of Steven Naismith for the rest of the season with cruciate ligament damage is a major blow but says he would have been looking to strengthen anyway.
He said: "I'm not sure we need to replace Naismith in January.
"But you want to strengthen your team and your squad and that will continue to be the case.
"Myself, Kenny [MacDowall] and Ian [Durrant] are looking to strengthen the squad.
"Naismith being out has given us a problem because he could have played up front for us, he could have played in midfield, he could have played in between the midfield and up front and he could have played in the wider areas. He covered us for five or six positions.
"From that point of view, it definitely gives us a little bit of a headache. We will be looking and, if we can strengthen, we would like to."
One player who will not be signing is Swedish striker Joe Sise, with Rangers confirming he has now left Scotland after failing to win a contract following a trial with the club.
McCoist faces another, more welcome, selection headache ahead of Saturday's clash with Dundee United with the return of Kyle Bartley following hernia surgery.
The on-loan Arsenal defender has been out of action since August, during which time Dorin Goian and Carlos Bocanegra have forged an impressive central defensive partnership.
For Dundee United manager Peter Houston a week has made a big difference, and now he will seek to mastermind defeat of Rangers.
Rangers' last SPL loss was when David Goodwillie, now at Blackburn, scored a late winner in a 3-2 success at Ibrox on April 2 as United went on to finish fourth.
The departures of Goodwillie, Craig Conway, Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben have contributed to United's troubled start to this term, with three wins in 13 games leaving them eighth in the table.
Such form, coupled with the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final loss to Falkirk, brought Houston's position as manager into question.
But he maintains he was not too concerned about the rumours he was to be relieved of his duties before he received the backing of the club's board after last week's 4-1 win at Dunfermline.
Houston said: "I wasn't worried about anything - I genuinely mean that.
"I was going into the game with confidence because of the players' previous couple of performances.
"The last couple of league matches that we've played, against St Johnstone (drawing 0-0) and Dunfermline, we've played well. We should've beaten St Johnstone.
"But going into the game last week - with all the nonsense that went on before it - it was nice to get a positive result."
Houston knows his United side face a difficult challenge to repeat their April success against a Rangers team unbeaten in 23 matches and who have dropped four points from a possible 39 this term.
"It will be a mammoth task but we look forward to it, rather than fear it," he added.
"Rangers are in a rich vein of form. I think the standards they've set this season and at the end of last season are an example to all clubs.
"That's the goal of every other club in the SPL - to try and maintain the consistency levels that they've shown.
"The only other team to beat them (since United in April) is Falkirk in the cup."
Gary Kenneth is fit again for United after missing the win, but Sean Dillon (calf), Danny Swanson (knee) and Scott Severin (broken leg) are still absent.
Jelavic at the double as Gers march on
Nikica Jelavic claimed a double as Rangers moved 15 points clear of Celtic at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 3-1 win over Dundee United.
The striker netted the opener in the first half and doubled the lead from the penalty spot after the break.
Jon Daly got a goal back for the visitors, but United defender Garry Kenneth was then responsible for Rangers' third with an own-goal, with the only dampener on the day for the Scottish champions being the dismissal of Gregg Wylde late on.
Rangers made two changes from last week's 2-1 win at Aberdeen for the meeting with United - the last SPL team to beat the Light Blues back in April.
Kyle Bartley made his first appearance since August after recovering from a hernia operation and Matt McKay also started, with Steven Naismith out for the season with cruciate ligament damage and Lee McCulloch sidelined with a calf strain.
Kyle Lafferty was also absent from the squad, suggesting he had picked up a knock before the clash at Ibrox.
United were boosted by the return of Kenneth, after he missed last week's 4-1 win over Dunfermline, while Gary Mackay-Steven also started for the visitors.
The Tannadice side carved out a decent chance early on when Johnny Russell teed up the shot for Daly and he scooped just over after appearing to lose his footing and following some poor defending from Rangers.
United were threatening again when Scott Robertson whipped into the path of Russell and he had a go from the edge of the box but the effort fell well wide of target.
Instead it was Rangers who surged into the lead with 19 minutes gone. McKay delivered the cross from the right for Jelavic and he left goalkeeper Dusan Pernis with no chance as he bulleted a header into the back of the net.
Jelavic could have added to his tally when he met a Lee Wallace ball from the left with a volley in front of goal that Pernis did well to hold on this occasion.
That proved to be Wallace's last real involvement in the game as he was replaced by Wylde after 32 minutes after being forced out of the action through injury.
United could have hit back just before the break through Daly but goalkeeper Allan McGregor was able to smother at the striker's feet before he could connect properly with Paul Dixon's cross at the back post.
United emerged for the second half determined to haul themselves back into the game and Kenneth tried his luck with a speculative shot from distance that failed to trouble McGregor.
But their hopes were dealt a blow when referee Brian Winter pointed to the penalty spot after Wylde was felled in the box by Dixon.
Jelavic stepped up for the spot-kick and sent Pernis the wrong way with a composed finish to grab his second of the day with 63 minutes gone.
Dundee United threw themselves a life-line after 73 minutes when Daly met Kenneth's cross and looped a header past the grasp of McGregor.
But there appeared to be no way back for United when Steven Whittaker delivered a teasing ball into the box and Jelavic produced a diving header that was inadvertently directed into the back of the net by Kenneth with eight minutes to go.
Wylde was then shown a red card in the final minute for a challenge on Willo Flood as Rangers ended the game with 10 men but with three points.
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