I defy anyone who has got anything done these last few days. Every spare minute and second spent day dreaming about Seville. I’ve tried not to think about it but it’s impossible not too, this could be so monumental. The prestige, the glory, European title for the club, Champions league qualification, financial huge.
Then there’s the knock on effect with budgets, possible transfers in and players signing new deals. It’s all absolutely massive and it’s only ninety minutes away.
But for today that has to be put aside as Dundee Utd come to Ibrox. The league, sadly, is all but lost but it remains important it is not won outright by our mistakes and we keep this momentum going.
It’s a changed eleven today as we expected, plenty of changes and Rangers go with the eleven of –
McLauchlan, Tavernier, Goldson, King, Barisic, Sands, Davis, Ramsey, Arfield, Wright, Fashion JR
Subs – McCrorie, Bassey, Lundstram, Kamara, McCann, Lowry, Amad, Kent, Devine
Good luck Rangers!
1st team action
9 mins – CHANCE! Sakala breaks through and a strong left foot shot is saved low down by Siegrist
19 mins – CHANCE! Lovely quick one two by Davis and Arfield releases the latter who’s snap shot is brilliantly saved again by Siegrist
25 mins – CAUTION! Sakala in the book for a lunch on Watt 📒
27 mins – A Rangers corner is deflected towards goal after Ramsey headed flick but easily saved.
31 mins – CHANCE! Connor Goldson with a lovely looped pass, Sakala takes a touch then cuts back in but his effort is poor and wide!
44 mins – POST! Wright inside and ball breaks to Ramsey who’s shot spins off the post, the flag is up but that was dubious to say the least.
HT Scoreline – Rangers 0 Dundee Utd 0
2nd half action
HT substitution- OFF Scott Wright ON Amad Diallo (Disgraceful decision by Gio 🥺)
49 mins – CHANCE! Delightful ball by Davis is brilliantly taken down by Amad but drags his shot wide.
54 mins – PENALTY TO RANGERS!
Lovely by Ramsey and his looped pass to Sakala is on point, the goalkeeper onrushing cleans him out for a clear spot kick.
GOOOAAAALLLL! The captain converts reliably. 1-0 Rangers.
59 mins – Caution Ross Graham of Utd for a crude challenge on Amad 📒
60 mins – Lovely play by Amad as he controls a King pass, he explodes down the wing to square to Sakala who’s effort is deflected wide. Brilliant by Amad.
Subs – OFF Scott Arfield, James Tavernier, Borna Barisic
On Charlie McCann, Alex Lowry, Adam Devine
67 mins – Nicky Clark through to drill an effort wide
69 mins – OFFSIDE! Lovely chipped pass by Lowry and Amad finishes superbly but the flag is up, that’s close
75 mins – Goldson pass back gave 50k people a bit of a fright but McLauchlan gets over comfortably to avoid any danger
78 mins – GOAAALLLL! Sakala pounces on the loose ball and plays in Amad who finishes brilliantly. 2-0 Rangers!
Rangers play out the game easily in control. A comfortable days work.
FT – Rangers 2 Dundee Utd 0
Full time summary
Pre season friendly vibes from the first half in what was a stroll for Rangers minus taking the lead. Some good football throughout and big chances for Sakala and Arfield led to good saves from Siegrist in the Utd goal.
Much same second half as Rangers found the ball to break Utd resistance for Sakala who was taken down for the penalty. Tavernier converted and it was no more than Rangers deserved. Amad made it two in a very good cameo for him after a lovely pass by Sakala.
The big pluses, the youngsters of King, McCann, Devine who got game time as well as an exciting spell from the excellent and exciting Alex Lowry.
An easy game for Rangers against Utd clearly in holiday mode already but a professional job that keeps the feel good factor high.
Brief respite away from thinking about Seville, at least for an hour or two
Rangers 2 Dundee Utd 0
Stadium MOTM Aaron Ramsey