Rangers 1
Dundee Utd 0
League (Premier Division)


1 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 10th, 1979
Ibrox. Att. 26,077
3:00 PM Kick-off

Chris Robertson (81) None.

Team Managers
John Greig Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
1. Peter McCloy
2. Sandy Jardine
3. Ally Dawson
4. Tom Forsyth
5. Colin Jackson
6. Alex MacDonald
7. Tommy McLean
8. Bobby Russell
9. Derek Johnstone
10. Kenny Watson
11. Davie Cooper
Hamish McAlpine .1
Ray Stewart .2
Derek Stark .3
Iain Phillip .4
Paul Hegarty .5
Dave Narey .6
Davie Dodds .7
Paul Sturrock .8
George Fleming .9
Billy Kirkwood .10
John Holt .11

12. Gordon Smith
14. Chris Robertson
Derek Addison .12
Frank Kopel .14

Chris Robertson for Kenny Watson (69)
Gordon Smith for (79)
Frank Kopel for Iain Phillip (60)

Alex MacDonald (10) Billy Kirkwood (10)
George Fleming (76)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Douglas Downie (Edinburgh) (Referee)

Match Report

The concrete pitch at Ibrox welcomed just the sixth Premier League match since Christmas. The pitch was questionably playable for the crucial top-of-the-table clash. United omitted Payne and brought in Davie Dodds. That was the only change from the eleven beaten by St Mirren at Paisley. Addison was left on the bench. The game kicked off with neither side having played a competitive match since January 20th.

Rangers kicked off attacking the former Copland Road end, where a new stand was being constructed. MAcDonald soon got in behind the visiting defence and cut the ball from reaching McLean who was unmarked just inside the penalty box. His delicate chip was only just cleared from the head of Johnstone a few yards out. At the other end, Hegarty got forward to fire in a 30 yard effort. However, it flew just wide of McCloys right-hand post. United were set up in a new formation with Fleming playing as an orthodox centre and Narey was joined in midfield by Kirkwood. Cooper then burst through but wasted a glorious chance by blasting the ball wildly over the bar. There was then hammy in the centre of the park when Kirkwood and MacDonald threw punches at each other. Both were booked for their actions. After the initial burst of attacking play, the game settled down to a turgid midfield battle on a very slippery pitch.

Rangers had the stiff breeze at their backs in the second half and from McCloy's first kick, there was panic in the United defence as the ball bounced up from the frozen turf. McLean was causing trouble on the wing and his corner kick was headed just wide by Jackson. Suddenly the game came to life as McDonald cracked a tremendous half-volley against the bar from fully 30 yards. Seconds later McAlpine had to brilliantly tip past the post what looked like a low net-bound McLean shot. Kopel replaced the injured Phillip on the hour mark. United weathered the storm and began to get a foot hold in the game as it edged closer to full time. However, with only nine minutes remaining, Rangers scored the all important goal. Jardine crossed into the box from the right and the ball initially missed Chris Robertson, but it rebounded to him and the youngster poked the ball past McAlpine from 5 yards. United's 105 day reign at the top of the Premier League was over. Rangers one goal win put them top for the first time this season.

Squad Statistics (as at February 10th, 1979)

1978-79 All Time
Hamish McAlpine (GK)31 24 - 3503
Ray Stewart19 221312
Dave Narey22 24421618
John Holt22 16 - 704
Iain Phillip27 3 - 3 -
Derek Stark20 15 - 16 -
Paul Hegarty24 24218135
Billy Kirkwood20 2266618
George Fleming30 21228533
Davie Dodds20 144308
Paul Sturrock22 21215238
Frank Kopel (sub)29 1622909

League Table (as at February 10th, 1979)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 20 8 8 4 +7 24
2. DUNDEE UTD 20 8 7 5 +7 23
3. St Mirren 20 9 4 7 +5 22
4. Aberdeen 20 6 9 5 +11 21
5. Partick Th 18 8 5 5 +3 21
6. Morton 20 7 6 7 -4 20
7. Celtic 18 7 5 6 +5 19
8. Hibernian 20 5 9 6 -1 19
9. Hearts 20 5 5 10 -14 15
10. Motherwell 20 4 4 12 -19 12

League results since United's last match
10th February 1979
Hearts1-2St Mirren
Rangers1-0Dundee Utd