Rangers 0
Dundee Utd 2
League (SPL)


Rangers 

0 - 2

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, March 31st, 2001
Ibrox. Att. 48,382
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Steven Thompson (70)
Derek Lilley (80)

Team Managers
Dick Advocaat Alex Smith

Starting Eleven
Stefan Klos
Bert Konterman
Scott Wilson
Tony Vidmar
Claudio Reyna
Barry Ferguson
Tugay
Jorg Albertz
Rod Wallace
Tore Andre Flo
Marcus Gayle
Paul Gallacher .13
Danny Griffin .16
Jim Lauchlan .23
Jamie McCunnie .42
Jason De Vos .5
Jamie Buchan .24
Charlie Miller .29
Craig Easton .7
Jim Hamilton .17
Derek Lilley .10
Paul Robinson .12

Bench
Jesper Christiansen
Craig Moore
Billy Dodds
Fabrice Fernandes
Jani Kauppila
Alan Combe .1
Tony Smith .27
David Partridge .21
Tassos Venetis .8
Steven Thompson .19

Substitutions
Fabrice Fernandes for Barry Ferguson (60)
Billy Dodds for Marcus Gayle (75)
Steven Thompson for Jim Hamilton (35)

Cautions
Claudio Reyna (68)
Tony Vidmar (90)
Jason De Vos (40)
Jamie McCunnie (69)
Steven Thompson (82)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)



Match Report


United boss Alex Smith promised a positive approach at Ibrox as his team resumed their battle for surviral. He stressed the need for his players to show the belief that they could go to Glasgow and get a result. This was reflected in his team selection as he opted to start with three strikers. There was a start for loan signing Paul Robinson, who lined up alongside Jim Hamilton and Derek Liltey in attack. Despite the recent Cup success over Rangers, this was always going to be more difficult as Dick Advocaat welcomed back first team regulars such as Reyna, Albert, Wallace, Vidmar and Tugay.

United opened up the game with Hamilton being flanked up front by the pacy duo of Lilley and Robinson as United went in search of an excellent start. However, it was young keeper Gallacher who got an early touch in the 5th minute, coming out to catch a Reyna cross comfortably. It was the home side who looked like scoring first v/hen Wallace headed wide from an Albertz cross in the 18th minute. Just seven minutes later Gallacher had to look lively to save a deflected effort from around 20 yards, In 19 minutes United created their first good chance with an excellent move. Miller sent Robinson clear down the right wing and he fired over a fine cross which took Klos right out of the game, but the in rushing Hamilton just arrived too late to connect otherwise a goal seemed certain. On the half hour mark United went even ctoser to scoring the opener in an almost identical move. This time Lilley running onto to Eastons through ball before crossing from an almost impossibie angle at the right hand comer flag. His cross went right to the head of Miller who looked certain to score from 10 yards but he directed his header straight at Klos. In the 32nd minute Gallacher produced a moment of goalkeeping magic when he tipped a fine Wallace volley from 12 yards over the bar and duly, received the applause of his team mates.

The second half was a very open affair with both sides trying to find the vital opening goal. In the 66th minute Fernandes looked to have done just that when he struck a superb shot against the bar from 30 yards with Gallacher beaten. Just four minutes later United took the lead with a brilliant goal. It began when Buchan played Robinson in down the left and the former Newcastle player turned inside Wilson before crossing for sub Steven Thompson to glance a fine header in off the back post. This gave United a tremendous boost and the confidence just oozed through the side with Easton, Griffin and Miller totally dictating the game to such an extent that Rangers failed to create another chance in the match. This caused much annoyance throughout what was left of the home support. Things got even better for the Tangerines in the 78th minute when Derek Lilley made it 2-0. He chased a long ball from Lauchlan, beat Konterman in a 50-50 challenge before smashing a superb left foot shot past Klos to kill the game for United.



Squad Statistics (as at March 31st, 2001)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Paul Gallacher (GK)21 11 - 12 -
Jim Lauchlan24 203203
Jamie McCunnie17 12 - 12 -
Danny Griffin23 14 - 14 -
Jason De Vos27 34 - 1052
Jamie Buchan23 33 - 33 -
Craig Easton22 32514410
Charlie Miller25 215215
Derek Lilley27 144144
Paul Robinson22 4 - 4 -
Jim Hamilton25 192356
Steven Thompson (sub)22 3019610






League Table (as at March 31st, 2001)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 30 25 4 1 54 79
2. Rangers 31 21 3 7 28 66
3. Hibernian 31 17 9 5 29 60
4. Hearts 32 13 7 12 8 46
5. Kilmarnock 31 13 7 11 -5 46
6. Dundee 31 10 8 13 5 38
7. Dunfermline 32 11 8 13 -15 41
8. Motherwell 32 10 6 16 -12 36
9. Aberdeen 30 7 12 11 -11 33
10. St Johnstone 31 7 11 13 -14 32
11. Dundee Utd 31 5 7 19 -25 22
12. St Mirren 32 5 4 23 -42 19

* - Table split into two divisions of six.