Rangers 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


Rangers 

2 - 1

Dundee Utd


League (Premier Division)
Saturday, April 26th, 1980
Ibrox. Att. 16,343
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Sandy Jardine (pen.) (51)
Tommy McLean (75)
Willie Pettigrew (64)

Team Managers
John Greig Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Peter McLoy
2. Sandy Jardine
3. Ally Dawson
4. Gordon Smith
5. Derek Johnstone
6. Gregor Stevens
7. Tommy McLean
8. Bobby Russell
9. Davie Cooper
10. Ian Redford
11. John McDonald
Hamish McAlpine .1
Billy Kirkwood .2
Iain Phillip .3
George Fleming .4
Derek Stark .5
Dave Narey .6
Eamonn Bannon .7
Paul Sturrock .8
Willie Pettigrew .9
Derek Addison .10
Davie Dodds .11

Bench
12. Alex Miller
14. Alex MacDonald
Ian Cochrane .12
Ralph Milne .14

Substitutions
None. Ralph Milne for George Fleming (77)

Cautions
Gregor Stevens (44) Derek Stark (49)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)



Match Report


Neither side came into this match with any interest in the ultimate destination of the Premier League flag. This impacted the crowd and only 16,000 or so made the effort to come along and watch what was on offer.

Robert Russell should have opened the scoring when a Cooper pass left him with only McAlpine to beat. He paused to pick his spot and then fired the ball at Billy Kirkwood, which looked infinitely more difficult than scoring. John McDonald was the next sinner, Looking suspiciously offside, he collected a Smith pass, drew out McAlpine but allowed the 'keeper to fall on the ball before he shot. United however, had the miss of the day, Derek Addison was put through on his own, almost fell over the ball, then rounded McCloy before firing wide of the yawning goal. There were two goals disallowed - Stevens headed effort after a foul on McAlpine and Smith shot for offside. Neither decision was questioned.

Rangers opened the scoring from a penalty kick in the 51st minute. Smith and MacDonald combined well to send Redford away. David Nary appeared to obstruct him, but referee Renton decided it was more serious and awarded spot kick. Sandy Jardine took the kick perfectly and placed it to McAlpines left. United's equaliser was a nightmare for the Ibrox defence. Sturrock crossed from the right, found Fleming, and his cutback came to Pettigrew eight yards out. There wasn't a Rangers defender near him. Willie Pettigrew made no mistake and levelled the game. The winner was in keeping with the game - a pretty scrappy affair. McLean gave Smith an opening. His shot hit the post, and Tommy McLean reached the rebound before a posse of United defenders to tap the ball home. There could and should have been more goals but both sides tossed away some golden opportunities.



Squad Statistics (as at April 26th, 1980)


1979-80 All Time
Age
Hamish McAlpine (GK)32 42 - 4093
Derek Stark21 471802
Dave Narey23 49128220
Iain Phillip29 361471
George Fleming31 40234037
Derek Addison24 23111412
Billy Kirkwood21 39512228
Eamonn Bannon22 294294
Paul Sturrock23 491221855
Willie Pettigrew26 48224822
Davie Dodds21 3087622
Ralph Milne (sub)18 193193






League Table (as at April 26th, 1980)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Aberdeen 33 18 8 7 +27 44
2. Celtic 34 17 10 7 +21 44
3. St Mirren 33 14 11 8 +5 39
4. United 34 12 11 11 +13 35
5. Rangers 33 14 7 12 +7 35
6. Morton 35 14 7 14 +5 35
7. Kilmarnock 35 11 11 13 -15 33
8. Partick Th 33 9 13 11 -6 31
9. Dundee 35 10 6 19 -24 26
10. Hibernian 33 5 6 22 -33 16