Dundee Utd 1
Rangers 0
League (Premier Division)

Dundee Utd
1 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, December 10th, 1996
Tannadice Park. Att. 12,417
7:45 PM Kick-off

Richard Gough (o.g.) (66)

Team Managers
Tommy McLean
Walter Smith

Starting Eleven
Sieb Dijkstra
Steven Pressley
Mark Perry
Maurice Malpas
Erik Pedersen
Jim McInally
Lars Zetterlund
Andy McLaren
Dave Bowman
Kjell Olofsson
Robbie Winters
Andy Goram
Alex Cleland
David Robertson
Richard Gough
Gordan Petrić
Craig Moore
Derek McInnes
Paul Gascoigne
Ally McCoist
Ian Ferguson
Brian Laudrup

Ray McKinnon
Neil Duffy
Gary McSwegan
Trevor Steven
Erik Bo Andersen
Scott Wilson

Neil Duffy for Mark Perry (65)
Ray McKinnon for Neil Duffy (73)
Gary McSwegan for Robbie Winters (76)
Erik Bo Andersen for Ally McCoist (72)
Trevor Steven for Derek McInnes (72)

Erik Pedersen (23)
Andy McLaren (59)
David Robertson (73)
Brian Laudrup (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Clarkston) (Referee)

Match Report

Wins over Rangers were a rare breed for all Premier Division clubs at this time, but United inflicted the second of the Glasgow side's season upon them as the first half of the home league programme came to a close. The match was televised live on Sky Sports and a nationwide audience saw former United defender Richard Gough send an involuntary header into his own net after 66 minutes to clinch United's first win over Rangers at Tannadice for a little over five years.

The game got off to a furious start. Lars Zetterlund tested Goram with a shot from the edge of the box in the very first minute from an opening carved out by his fellow Swede Kjell Olofsson, McCoist immediately replied with a first time effort which curled past the far post. Thereafter, there was a more studious approach by both sides. Sieb Dijkstra, making his home debut, wasn't called into serious action until just after the half hour mark when Craig Moore found himself all alone on the right hand side of goal, but Sieb spread himself to deny the Ranqers defender.

United survived a few sticky spells and opened the second half on the offensive. Andy Goram was at full stretch to keep out Andy McLaren's flick as he capitalised on a Paul Gascoigne error. United's hard work reaped its reward when an Andy McLaren cross was headed into the Rangers net by former United man, Richard Gough. This was enough to ensure United left with three points and at the same time, Tommy McLean's United became the first side to prevent Rangers scoring in a domestic game this season. The only sour note of the evening was the stretchering off of Neil Duffy with a serious facial injury a mere eight minutes after he had replaced Mark Perry.

Squad Statistics (as at December 10th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Sieb Dijkstra (GK)30 2 - 2 -
Erik Pedersen29 7 - 7 -
Mark Perry25 18 - 893
Steven Pressley23 18 - 632
Maurice Malpas34 10 - 71024
Lars Zetterlund32 6 - 6 -
Jim McInally32 5 - 38021
Andy McLaren23 1611368
Dave Bowman32 17 - 38612
Kjell Olofsson31 7474
Robbie Winters22 1867718
Neil Duffy (sub)29 101101
Ray McKinnon (sub)26 131908
Gary McSwegan (sub)26 1454522

League Table (as at December 10th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.