Dundee Utd 0 - 1 Rangers

League - Premier Division
Saturday, April 21st, 1990, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 16,064
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Balfron)
Dundee Utd  Rangers

None. Trevor Steven (57)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Graeme Souness

Starting Eleven
Alan Main
Dave Narey
Miodrag Krivokapić
Allan Preston
Brian Welsh
Alex Cleland
Billy McKinlay
Mixu Paatelainen
Jim McInally
Hamish French
Darren Jackson
Chris Woods
Gary Stevens
Richard Gough
Stuart Munro
Nigel Spackman
Terry Butcher
Trevor Steven
Ian Ferguson
Ally McCoist
Maurice Johnston
Mark Walters

John O'Neil
John Brown
Davie Dodds

John O'Neil for Allan Preston (67)
John Brown for Ian Ferguson (64)

Billy McKinlay (71)
Maurice Johnston (70)
Davie Dodds (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Main (GK) 44 apps -
Dave Narey 797 apps36 goals
Miodrag Krivokapić 64 apps1 goal
Allan Preston 24 apps1 goal
Brian Welsh 7 apps1 goal
Alex Cleland 28 apps1 goal
Billy McKinlay 76 apps2 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 111 apps37 goals
Jim McInally 181 apps9 goals
Hamish French 63 apps9 goals
Darren Jackson 31 apps7 goals
John O'Neil (sub) 9 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Alex Cleland (19 years 137 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (33 years 321 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 151 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John O'Neil (18 years 294 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (33 years 321 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 346 days
Domestic Players:10 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


When the rain started cascading down to coincide with the start of the match, it revived memories of the awful conditions in which Rangers first visit of the season took place, but the rain last Saturday became more intermittent. Last December we more than deserved the draw we secured and if justice had been done we would again have taken a point from Rangers second visit of the season. Instead, a Trevor Steven goal gave Rangers victory and confirmed the Ibrox side as Scottish League champions for the 40th time. We certainly had the best chances during the first half. On the half hour mark, Woods inexplicably threw the ball straight out to Jim McInally and after steadying himself, Jim sent in a shot which Woods tipped round the post to atone himself for that poor throw out. From the corner which ensued Mixu Paatelainen had a free header, but directed his effort well over the bar. Eight minutes from half-time a rehearsed free-kick went totally wrong, but the ball ultimately landed in the path of Hamish French who was denied by a desperate clearance.

Two minutes after the interval Woods was called into action again when he had to scamper across his goal to push Billy McKinlay's curling shot from the edge of the box around the post. In the 57th minute Rangers got the goal which was to clinch the championship, Munro flighting over a cross to the far post where Trevor Steven sent a header into the far post. A couple of minutes later we were a bit unfortunate not to equalise when Alex Cleland's shot was deflected by Mixu Paatelainen, but only straight into the arms of Woods. With 20 minutes left substitute John O'Neil netted, but the goal was ruled out by an offside decision. From there on Rangers were content to ensure they hang on to their lead so they could begin their championship celebrations.


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