Rangers 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


1 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, December 5th, 1987
Ibrox. Att. 41,159
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ally McCoist (pen) (13) None.
Iain Ferguson (missed pen.) (15)

Team Managers
Graeme Souness Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Chris Woods
Scott Nisbet
Jimmy Phillips
Graham Roberts
Ray Wilkins
Richard Gough
Trevor Francis
Robert Fleck
Ally McCoist
Ian Durrant
Ian Ferguson
Billy Thomson
Paul Hegarty
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Mixu Paatelainen
Dave Bowman
John Clark
Jim McInally
Gordon McLeod
Iain Ferguson
Kevin Gallacher

John McGregor
Davie Cooper
Ian McPhee
Joe McLeod

Davie Cooper for Trevor Francis (64) Ian McPhee for Mixu Paatelainen (66)
Joe McLeod for John Clark (78)

Richard Gough (50) John Clark (13)
Kevin Gallacher (72)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alistair Huett (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

Although we lost this match there was a great deal more optimism in the Tannadice camp after a much improved performance. In fact, had Iain Ferguson scored from the spot in the 15th minute, we might well have earned a point. Ultimately the outcome of the match hinged on a two minute spell early in the first half. In the 13th minute Ally McCoist was adjudged to have been brought down by Billy Thomson in the box and, as he inevitabley seems to do against us, Ally McCoist scored from the spot. Ninety seconds later, it was our turn to be awarded a penalty. Trevor Francis tripped Kevin Gallacher in the corner of the box and referee then immediately pointed to the spot. Unfortunately, Iain Ferguson drove his spot kick wide of the target. A short pass-back by Roberts almost let Kevin Gallacher in for the equaiiser but Woods came to the rescue, diving at Kev's feet. Kevin was then put clear but his angled drive crept past the far post. On the half our mark Billy Thomson made a fine save from Francis. At half-time we could consider ourselves unfortunate to be trailing to that McCoist penalty.

In the second half Rangers dominated more and we were lucky to escape in the 65th minute when Fleck struck the post twice within seconds, and then Ally McCoist shot past. Wilkins and Gough were also not far off the target with Gordon McLeod getting in our best effort of the second half.

Squad Statistics (as at December 5th, 1987)

1987-88 All Time
Billy Thomson (GK)29 30 - 144 -
Maurice Malpas25 30132110
Gary McGinnis24 10 - 621
Paul Hegarty33 30163180
Gordon McLeod20 92232
Mixu Paatelainen20 5252
Dave Bowman23 25 - 63 -
Jim McInally23 171683
John Clark23 17411519
Iain Ferguson25 27107838
Kevin Gallacher21 1429521
Joe McLeod (sub)19 6 - 8 -
Ian McPhee (sub)26 111111

League Table (as at December 5th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.