Rangers 2
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


Rangers 

2 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Ibrox. Att. 49,267
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Nikica Jelavic (25)
Kyle Lafferty (29)
None.

Team Managers
Walter Smith Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Allan McGregor
David Weir
Sasa Papac
Steven Whittaker
Madjid Bougherra
Gregg Wylde
Maurice Edu
Steven Davis
Kyle Lafferty
Steven Naismith
Nikica Jelavic
Dušan Perniš
Paul Dixon
Garry Kenneth
Scott Severin
Keith Watson
Scott Robertson
Craig Conway
Morgaro Gomis
David Robertson
Johnny Russell
David Goodwillie

Bench
Neil Alexander
Ricky Foster
Lee McCulloch
John Fleck
David Healy
El-Hadji Diouf
Kyle Hutton
Steve Banks
Seán Dillon
Barry Douglas
Prince Buaben
Stuart Armstrong
Andis Shala
Jon Daly

Substitutions
Lee McCulloch for Gregg Wylde (65)
El-Hadji Diouf for Nikica Jelavic (86)
Ricky Foster for Kyle Lafferty (90)
Jon Daly for Johnny Russell (46)
Prince Buaben for Scott Robertson (70)
Stuart Armstrong for David Robertson (75)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)



Match Report


Hopes of securing third place in the SPL were dashed by two goals in a whirlwind opening by Rangers. Despite a spirited second half fight-back from United, Walter Smith's men held on to deliver him the perfect send off in his last home game in charge and keep them on course for the title and United for Europe! Only change in the United line up from the side that thumped Motherwell was David Robertson coming in for hat-trick Hero Jon Daly who dropped to the bench.

There was no doubt that both teams were up for the fight. But in the opening period the hosts looked just that shade sharper and more aggressive, with Nikica Jelavic missing a couple of chances and Kyle Lafferty striking the post even before the deadlock was broken. The opening goal arrived on 21 minutes with Nikica Jelavic heading Steven Whittaker's cross low into the net leaving Dusan Pernis with no chance. The second arrived just three minutes later when Kyle Lafferty drilled a low shot past the keeper after the ball broke to him at the right edge of the penalty area. With Rangers unable to sustain their early tempo the visitors looked increasingly dangerous, and just before the interval Allan McGregor required to scramble a Keith Watson cross away with Scott Robertson all set to head home.

United added an extra striker at half time - Daly - and continued to enjoy most of the possession and territory as the second period got underway. Rangers withdrew a striker and switched to a five man midfield - but still looked more likely to score on the break. However, having failed to kill the game off, the hosts looked increasingly nervy at the back as the game entered the final fifteen minutes. A Majid Boughera mistake allowed David Goodwillie to tee up Daly and his powerful volley forced McGregor into serious action for the first time. United were camped round Rangers penalty box and moments later McGregor was beaten by a superb 30 yard drive from young substitute Stuart Armstrong. But the ball rebounded back off the face of the keeper's right hand post - it signalled that this was not going to be United's night. Had the visitors got one back, it would have made for a grandstand finish. As it was. Rangers' early dominance just left United with too much to do.

Man of the Match: On a night when Rangers pace was such a factor, Keith Watson was equal to the task and kept the shackles on Gregg Wylde.



Squad Statistics (as at May 10th, 2011)


2010-11 All Time
Age
Dušan Perniš (GK)26 45 - 70 -
Paul Dixon24 3811012
Keith Watson21 371501
Scott Severin32 151151
Garry Kenneth23 3411627
David Robertson24 36414420
Scott Robertson26 43 - 855
Craig Conway26 28316516
Morgaro Gomis25 4111797
Johnny Russell21 3393911
David Goodwillie22 451813238
Prince Buaben (sub)23 43314111
Stuart Armstrong (sub)19 12 - 12 -
Jon Daly (sub)28 371111535


League Table (as at May 10th, 2011)


No league table has been added for this season.