Rangers 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


1 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, August 24th, 1996
Ibrox. Att. 48,285
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Gascoigne (76)
Gordon Durie (missed pen.) (89)

Team Managers
Walter Smith Billy Kirkwood

Starting Eleven
Andy Goram
Alex Cleland
Jorg Albertz
Richard Gough
Gordan Petric
Joachim Bjorklund
Charlie Miller
Paul Gascoigne
Ally McCoist
Stuart McCall
Brian Laudrup
Ally Maxwell
Steven Pressley
Jamie McQuilken
Mark Perry
Armand Benneker
David Hannah
Ray McKinnon
Andy McLaren
Neil Duffy
Gary McSwegan
Owen Coyle

Derek McInnes
Gordon Durie
Peter van Vossen
Lance Key
Rab Shannon
Robbie Winters

Peter van Vossen for Charlie Miller (70)
Gordon Durie for Ally McCoist (78)
Derek McInnes for Brian Laudrup (87)
Robbie Winters for Gary McSwegan (56)
Rab Shannon for Ray McKinnon (83)

Gordan Petric (51)
Charlie Miller (52)
Gordon Durie (52)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jim McCluskey (Stewarton) (Referee)

Match Report

Pre-match predictions that United were lambs to the slaughter against a Rangers side buoyant following their 7-2 win in Vladikavkaz proved wildly inaccurate with United only failing to come away with at least a point because of one instance of Paul Gascoigne magic. United, in fact had the best chance of the game in the first half. Owen Coyle's free-kick from the left was met by Andy McLaren with his head at the near post, but the header drifted past the stranded Andy Goram's left hand post. A Charlie Miller shot ten minutes from the interval was the first shot on target, and Andy McLaren replied instantly with a shot which had Goram at full stretch. Had Mark Perry, right in front of goal, made contact with an Armand Benneker header on the stroke of half-time, United would have gone in ahead.

Rangers started the second half with a flourish but after an initial burst, the Tannadice rearguard soon had them in check. The game appeared to be drifting to a goalless draw when Paul Gascoigne made his first and effectively only major contribution to the game. He collected a return pass just inside the box, twisted and turned before curling the ball round the outstretched arms of Ally Maxwell for a superb goal. Gordon Durie missed a penalty after being brought down by Armand Benneker in the last minute with Ally Maxwell saving his former colleague's half-hit shot. That was to be justice, however, as even a single goal defeat was less than United's efforts deserved.

Squad Statistics (as at August 24th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Ally Maxwell (GK)31 4 - 47 -
Jamie McQuilken21 4 - 17 -
Armand Benneker27 4 - 4 -
Mark Perry25 4 - 753
Steven Pressley22 4 - 492
Ray McKinnon26 3 - 807
David Hannah23 2 - 6910
Neil Duffy29 4 - 4 -
Andy McLaren23 2 - 1227
Gary McSwegan25 413518
Owen Coyle30 413810
Rab Shannon (sub)30 4 - 411
Robbie Winters (sub)21 416313

League Table (as at August 24th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.