Rangers entertain Dundee United at Ibrox in a game where Utd will play like their lives depend on it. Going through a dreadful run theirselves, including a change in management, they will come to Ibrox with renewed hope having seen Rangers recent form.
United have shipped seven and nine in recent games but won’t be that open today, Rangers have struggled against today’s opponents in recent times.
Rangers of course haven’t scored since August and shipped eleven in three games and as even more questions get asked, Van Bronckhorst’s side will have to step up and answer them.
His team to do that today is –
RANGERS: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, King, Barisic, Lundstram, Jack, McCann, Arfield, Kent, Colak.
SUBS: McCrorie, Ridvan, Davis, Sands, Morelos, Wright, Davies, Fashion Jr, Tillman.
First half action
1 min – CHANCE! Great work by Jack and he follows up to square for Kent who fluffs his lines 10 yards out.
7 mins – CHANCE! Arfield over the top after good work from Lundstram and Kent.
8 mins – GOOOOAAAALLL! Tav intercepts and it’s a lovely pass to find Čolak who controls brilliantly then fires into the corner! 1-0!
21 mins – SHOT! Arfield drags one wide after nice break and interception by Jack.
25 mins – SAVE! McGregor stands big as Middleton fires low at goal.
37 mins – CAUTION 📒 Tavernier
42 mins – CAUTION 📒 Middleton
HALF TIME Rangers 1 Dundee Utd 0
Second half action
49 mins – GOOOOAAALLLL! Barisic bouncing cross turned in at the front post by Čolak for his and our second! 2-0!
57 mins – Kent cuts in and his shot is fumbled over then corner is cleared
59 mins – GOAL! 2-1, Liam Smith places a low shot into the corner. Utterly dreadful goal and so easy for Utd.
70 mins – SUBSTITUTIONS Arfield and Jack OFF. Wright and Tillman on. 2-1
75 mins – Scott Wright low effort saved out for a corner. 2-1
82 mins – SAVE! Goldson knock back and Tillman fires a header at goal but tipped over. 2-1.
84 mins – FLASHPOINT! Kong stops a promising attack with a professional foul and players pile in.
Cautions 📒 📒 📒 Mulgrew, King and Barisic
90 mins – Long range header saved by McGregor.
Attendance – 49334
FULL TIME – RANGERS 2 DUNDEE UTD 1
A horribly turgid performance that lacked invention and pace. Rangers got consistently bogged down in their own passes, over played and quite often tried to walk the ball in. Squad clearly low on confidence but this isn’t a team playing well or thriving as a unit.
Something has to give and change for the team to get out of this trend of performances. Three points a God send but so much more issues arising after today’s performance.
Giovanni Van Bronckhorst post match press conference –
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