Dundee Utd 0
Rangers 3
League (SPL)

Dundee Utd
0 - 3

League (SPL)
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
Tannadice Park. Att. 14,077
1:00 PM Kick-off

None. Kyle Lafferty (6)
Pedro Mendes (45)
Kris Boyd (52)

Team Managers
Craig Levein
Walter Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Lukasz Załuska
23. Paul Dixon
4. Lee Wilkie
19. Mihael Kovačević
5. Darren Dods
6. Paul Caddis
12. David Robertson
25. Prince Buaben
15. Craig Conway
16. Morgaro Gomis
26. David Goodwillie
Neil Alexander
Steven Whittaker
David Weir
Madjid Bougherra
Sasa Papac
Steven Davis
Pedro Mendes
Maurice Edu
Kyle Lafferty
Kris Boyd
Kenny Miller

13. Michael McGovern
18. Garry Kenneth
3. Danny Grainger
2. Seán Dillon
8. Scott Robertson
14. Danny Swanson
11. Fran Sandaza
Allan McGregor
Barry Ferguson
Nacho Novo
Lee McCulloch
Steven Naismith
John Fleck
Danny Wilson

Fran Sandaza for David Robertson (52)
Garry Kenneth for Lee Wilkie (54)
Danny Swanson for Craig Conway (64)
Nacho Novo for Kris Boyd (66)
Barry Ferguson for Kenny Miller (72)
Lee McCulloch for Kyle Lafferty (82)

Lee Wilkie (9)
Prince Buaben (45)
Fran Sandaza (77)
David Weir (81)
Sasa Papac (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)

Match Report

United’s season ended in bitter disappointment when they went down to a heavy 3-0 defeat at the hands of newly crowned champions Rangers. Goals in the first half from Lafferty and Mendes had Rangers in control and when Boyd scored five minutes after the break the game was effectively out of sight for United. To make matters worse Aberdeen managed to beat Hibs at Pitoddrie which allowed them to leapfrog United and secure European football next season.

Craig Levein made three changes to the United line up for the hugely important final game of the season. Kovacevic, Caddis and Dods came in for Dillon, Sandaza and Kenneth who all had to be content with a place on the bench. After a controversial win over Aberdeen, Walter Smith named an unchanged side for their title decider.

United were dealt a major blow with only five minutes gone when Davis found Boyd who tried to shoot but despite failing to connect properly the ball fell to Lafferty who made no mistake. United began to come back into the match and played some decent stuff only to be thwarted by a well organised visitors’ defence.

The closest they went in the opening period was when Dixon almost caught out Alexander directly from a corner kick. With half an hour gone Boyd had the ball in the net but he was ruled offside and then a minute later Kovacevic remarkably managed to clear a Boyd shot off the line. However on the stroke of half time Rangers doubled their lead. Edu won a dubious free kick at the edge of the box after a challenge from Dods. The wall managed to charge down the free kick but the ball landed at the feet of Mendes and he fired home from the edge of the box.

The game and in fact the league title were as good as wrapped up when on the 51 minute mark Rangers made it 3-0. Mendes fed Whittaker who played a low ball along the six yard line and Boyd slammed home to send the large visiting support wild. United tried as hard as they could to make the score line look better and near the end Kenneth forced a fine save from Alexander and then Sandaza hit a low shot that the Scotland goalkeeper managed to save. The United fans were eagerly awaiting a goal from Hibs which would have meant fourth place but it wasn’t to be and the season ended disappointingly.

Squad Statistics (as at May 24th, 2009)

2008-09 All Time
Lukasz Załuska (GK)26 44 - 63 -
Lee Wilkie29 395929
Darren Dods33 233635
Paul Dixon22 331331
Mihael Kovačević21 19 - 24 -
Paul Caddis21 11 - 11 -
Prince Buaben21 252555
Morgaro Gomis23 43 - 992
David Robertson22 2338915
Craig Conway24 425957
David Goodwillie20 186477
Garry Kenneth (sub)21 291935
Danny Swanson (sub)22 34 - 482
Fran Sandaza (sub)24 35103510

League Table (as at May 24th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.