Rangers 2
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premier Division)


2 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, October 14th, 1989
Ibrox. Att. 36,062
3:00 PM Kick-off

Maurice Johnston (51)
Ally McCoist (75)
Michael O'Neill (pen.) (64)

Team Managers
Graeme Souness Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Chris Woods
Gary Stevens
Richard Gough
Stuart Munro
Ray Wilkins
Terry Butcher
Trevor Steven
Neale Cooper
Ally McCoist
Maurice Johnston
Mark Walters
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Alex Cleland
Dave Narey
Miodrag Krivokapić
John Clark
Jim McInally
Michael O'Neill
Dave Bowman
Kevin Gallacher
Darren Jackson

Davie Dodds
Stuart McCall
Gary McGinnis
Mixu Paatelainen

Stuart McCall for Davie Cooper (46)
Davie Dodds for Mark Walters (83)
Gary McGinnis for Alex Cleland (58)
Mixu Paatelainen for Michael O'Neill (75)

None. Kevin Gallacher (30)
Dave Bowman (44)
Maurice Malpas (52)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Jim Renton (Cowdenbeath) (Referee)

Match Report

After the excellent display against Aberdeen, the reversal at Ibrox was disappointing not only in the context of the result but also the performance. The evidence of what was about to transpire certainly wasn't available in the opening ten minutes when we took control of the game, without admittedly causing any threat to Chris Woods in the Ibrox goal.

For the remainder of the game, Rangers dominated, but despite that Rangers too failed to create the number of chances their play merited.

To say Rangers opening goal was a scrambled affair would certainly be far from an exaggeration. A lob from McCall to the far post was met by the head of Mark Walters. Billy Thomson failed to gather the ball cleanly, and Walters had another go and again the ball bubbled up and chaos then reigned as Ally McCoist, Mo Johnston and Trevor Steven tried to force the ball over the line. Eventually they did with Mo Johnston getting the credit, although John Clark's last ditch clearance almost saved the day.

Our best move of the afternoon brought us an equaliser 10 minutes later. Skipper Maurice Malpas broke forward and the end result was a penalty award for handball when Miodrag Krivokapic's threatening cross from the right was blocked by Stuart Munro's arm and Northern Ireland internationalist Michael O'Neill struck home the penalty award. Parity wasn't to last for long. Mark Walters found Ally McCoist in space, and the Rangers striker who so often seems to score against us, hit a low shot past Billy Thomson for what proved to be the winner.

Squad Statistics (as at October 14th, 1989)

1989-90 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)31 10 - 223 -
Dave Narey33 13 - 76936
Miodrag Krivokapić30 6 - 371
Alex Cleland18 61191
Maurice Malpas27 13241314
Jim McInally25 1331508
John Clark25 12117923
Michael O'Neill20 104104
Dave Bowman25 11 - 1413
Darren Jackson23 4 - 5 -
Kevin Gallacher22 11117539
Gary McGinnis (sub)25 3 - 881
Mixu Paatelainen (sub)22 918029

League Table (as at October 14th, 1989)

No league table has been added for this season.