Rangers 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Rangers 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 4th, 1981
Ibrox. Att. 11,690
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Bobby Russell (24)
Ian Redford (pen.) (62)
Ralph Milne (15)

Team Managers
John Greig Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Jim Stewart
Alex Miller
Ally Dawson
Sandy Jardine
Tam Forsyth
Jim Bett
Tommy McLean
Bobby Russell
Derek Johnstone
Ian Redford
John Macdonald
Hamish McAlpine
Iain Phillip
John Holt
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Derek Stark
Ralph Milne
Ian Gibson
Billy Kirkwood
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock

Bench
Willie Johnson
Davie Cooper
Frank Kopel
Graeme Payne

Substitutions
None. Frank Kopel for Ian Gibson

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Eddie Pringle (Edinburgh) (Referee)



Match Report


Though no one knew it at the time, this was to be a Scottish Cup Final rehearsal with both sides due to play in the semi-finals the following weekend.

United started as though they were going to give a repeat performance of their 4-1 thrashing doled out to Rangers just 17 days earlier. United got their noses in front after quarter of an hour when Ralph Milne took a crossfield pass from Eamonn Bannon before weaving through the home defence and hammer in a shot which Stewart saved, but the winger carried on to head the loose ball over the keeper. For some reason United appeared to switch off then and Bobby Russell equalised ten minutes later, chesting down a long Miller throw before slamming the ball home.

From then on United never looked like winning, although it still took a penalty kick to decide the game in Rangers direction. Dave Narey made a rare slip, allowing MacDonald to get through and Hamish McAlpine brought him down in the box. Ian Redford converted the spot-kick and the game was over in the 62nd minute despite a late flurry of shots by United near the end. So not a good day for United, but note that Ibrox turn-out for two sides sitting in third and fourth spot in the league!



Squad Statistics (as at April 4th, 1981)


1980-81 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)33 49 - 4583
Derek Stark22 3011123
John Holt24 27113611
Paul Hegarty26 49828747
Dave Narey24 47233122
Iain Phillip30 41 - 901
Ralph Milne19 2494412
Eamonn Bannon22 46107714
Billy Kirkwood22 381016238
Ian Gibson24 132132
Paul Sturrock24 482226777
Frank Kopel (sub)32 42 - 38213






League Table (as at April 4th, 1981)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 31 23 3 5 +46 49
2. Aberdeen 31 17 9 5 +33 43
3. United 31 15 8 8 +23 38
4. Rangers 30 13 10 7 +22 36
5. St Mirren 31 14 8 9 +4 36
6. Airdrie 32 9 9 14 -13 27
7. Partick Th 31 9 9 13 -14 27
8. Morton 32 9 7 16 -21 25
9. Kilmarnock 30 4 7 19 -40 15
10. Hearts 31 4 6 21 -40 14