Rangers 4
Dundee Utd 1
League (Premiership)


4 - 1

Dundee Utd

League (Premiership)
Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Ibrox (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ianis Hagi (35)
Ryan Kent (38)
Joe Aribo (48)
Pedro Morelos (64)

Borna Barišić (missed pen.) (68)
Marc McNulty (86)

Team Managers
Steven Gerrard Micky Mellon

Starting Eleven
1. Allan McGregor
26. Leon Balogun
6. Connor Goldson
5. Filip Helander
31. Borna Barišić
10. Steven Davis
8. Ryan Jack
17. Joe Aribo
14. Ryan Kent
7. Ianis Hagi
20. Pedro Morelos
Benji Siegrist .1
Ryan Edwards .12
Liam Smith .2
Mark Reynolds .6
Jamie Robson .17
Jeando Fuchs .66
Ian Harkes .23
Calum Butcher .18
Nicky Clark .10
Lawrence Shankland .24
Louis Appéré .27

33. Jon McLaughlin
4. Jack Simpson
18. Glen Kamara
23. Scott Wright
24. Greg Stewart
37. Scott Arfield
61. Leon King
9. Jermaine Defoe
11. Cedric Itten
Deniz Mehmet .19
Kerr Smith .43
Mark Connolly .5
Adrián Sporle .3
Luke Bolton .20
Lewis Neilson .30
Logan Chalmers .15
Florent Hoti .14
Marc McNulty .9

Glen Kamara for Ryan Jack (27)
Scott Arfield for Ianis Hagi (63)
Scott Wright for Steven Davis (63)
Jermaine Defoe for Pedro Morelos (67)
Jack Simpson for Filip Helander (67)
Marc McNulty for Louis Appéré (68)
Kerr Smith for Ian Harkes (90)

None. Calum Butcher (8)
Jamie Robson (51)
Jeando Fuchs (66)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Nick Walsh (Referee)
Ralph Gordon & Graham McNeillie (Assistants)
Colin Steven (Fourth Official)

Match Report

United travelled to Govan in hope rather than expectation of stopping Steven Gerrard’s juggernaut Bears, who remain unbeaten in the league this season. However the Terrors have enjoyed their own fine form recently, with two wins on the spin prior to the trip to Ibrox. Micky Mellon made two changes to the side that defeated Livingston, the suspended Peter Pawlett and Adrian Sporle made way for Ian Harkes and ex-Rangers man Nicky Clark.

Despite being the underdogs, it was United who started on the front foot. Liam Smith prodded a pass through the Rangers press to Louis Appere who returned to the full back after some good hold-up play. Smith would set a one-touch lay-off into the path of Lawrence Shankland, who burst through the hosts’ rear-guard to go one-on-one with McGregor, but the frontman couldn’t elevate his shot enough to find the back of the net. United threatened once again as Butcher found Appere in a congested penalty area, however his low fizzed cross only found the feet of Leon Balogun inside the Rangers 6-yard-box. Rangers would retaliate to United’s early dominance with Joe Aribo cutting in from the left and firing a right-foot effort goalward, Siegrist pulling off a fantastic save low to his left to deny the number 17. Appere then had 2 chances to send United ahead. The first a speculative effort from 25-yards forcing the Blues’ keeper into action, and the second saw Appere in behind the Rangers backline but McGregor once again snuffed out the danger, as the Fifer slightly hesitated from fully committing to the ball. Rangers would find the breakthrough on the 35th minute. A twisting and turning Aribo shot from the right corner of the box, which deflected off Ianis Hagi and past the bamboozled Siegrist to send the hosts into an undeserved lead. Gerrard’s men doubled their advantage just three minutes later, again with a slice of fortune. Barisic’s deep cross found Balogun at the far post, who headed back to Ryan Kent just behind the penalty spot, and the Englishman’s volley deflected off the unfortunate Ryan Edwards to wrong-foot Siegrist. The home side could’ve added a third on the stroke of half-time, but Benji Siegrist’s outstretched palm prevented Morelos from killing the game with a header from three yards.

The second half began in the same fashion as the first ended. 3 minutes after the restart Joe Aribo put his team out of sight, with a thundering left foot drive from the corner of the 18-yard box leaving Siegrist helpless as the ball headed for the postage stamp. The hosts added a fourth with just over 25 minutes remaining. A rare error from the United stopper saw him thump the ball off the pressing Alfredo Morelos, and the Swiss could only watch as the ball trundled over the line. Siegrist redeemed himself a few minutes later with a fabulous save from Barisic’s well-struck penalty, following Jeando Fuchs’ foul on Morelos in the United area. Substitute Marc McNulty would find United a consolation goal 4 minutes from time, as the Leith-born forward rolled a precise left foot shot past the furious McGregor from 20-yards following neat link-up play with strike-partner Lawrence Shankland. McNulty’s goal was just the second goal the home side had conceded at Ibrox all season.

One positive Mellon’s side could take from the heavy defeat was the debut of 16-year-old Kerr Smith, the defender entering the fray deep into stoppage time.

Written by Yannis Marr

Squad Statistics (as at February 21st, 2021)

2020-21 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)29 28 - 99 -
Mark Reynolds33 311801
Ryan Edwards27 223223
Liam Smith24 241581
Jamie Robson23 31 - 1562
Jeando Fuchs23 13 - 13 -
Calum Butcher29 2611006
Ian Harkes25 312825
Nicky Clark29 29108732
Louis Appéré21 181557
Lawrence Shankland25 2575835
Kerr Smith (sub)16 1 - 1 -
Marc McNulty (sub)28 192192

League Table (as at February 21st, 2021)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 30 26 4 0 +64 82
2. Celtic 30 19 7 4 +41 64
3. Hibernian 29 15 7 7 +15 52
4. Aberdeen 30 13 9 8 +3 48
5. Livingston 29 11 7 11 +1 40
6. St Mirren 29 9 8 12 -6 35
7. DUNDEE UTD 30 8 10 12 -15 34
8. St Johnstone 30 8 9 13 -8 33
9. Motherwell 29 7 7 15 -20 28
10. Ross County 29 7 5 17 -31 26
11. Kilmarnock 30 7 3 20 -16 24
12. Hamilton 29 6 6 17 -28 24

League results since United's last match
14th February 2021
St Johnstone1-2Celtic
17th February 2021
St Mirren1-1Hamilton
20th February 2021
Motherwell0-3St Johnstone
St Mirren1-1Livingston
21st February 2021
Rangers4-1Dundee Utd
Ross County1-0Celtic