Rangers 1 - 1 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, August 8th, 1987, 3:00 PM at Ibrox
Attendance: 35,050
Referee: George Smith (Edinburgh)
Rangers Dundee Utd

Ally McCoist (pen.) (68) Dave Beaumont (12)

Team Managers
Graeme Souness Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Chris Woods
Jimmy Nicholl
Stuart Munro
Derek Ferguson
John McGregor
Avi Cohen
Davie Kirkwood
Mark Falco
Ally McCoist
Jimmy Phillips
Davie Cooper
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
J Alan Irvine
Eamonn Bannon
Jim McInally
Dave Bowman
Ian Redford
Hamish French

Ian Durrant
Robert Fleck
John Holt
Paul Kinnaird

Ian Durrant for Jimmy Phillips (46)
Robert Fleck for Davie Kirkwood (77)
John Holt for Ian Redford (83)
Paul Kinnaird for J Alan Irvine (83)

Mark Falco (29) Dave Narey (39)
Ian Redford (56)
Dave Bowman (66)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 115 apps -
Maurice Malpas 292 apps9 goals
Dave Beaumont 86 apps3 goals
Dave Narey 657 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 602 apps79 goals
J Alan Irvine 1 app (debut) -
Eamonn Bannon 401 apps103 goals
Jim McInally 52 apps2 goals
Dave Bowman 39 apps -
Ian Redford 103 apps21 goals
Hamish French 1 app (debut) -
John Holt (sub) 398 apps24 goals
Paul Kinnaird (sub) 12 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Dave Bowman (23 years 156 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 22 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 55 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Paul Kinnaird (20 years 275 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (33 years 22 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 341 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Hamish French(Signed June 18th, 1987)
J Alan Irvine(Signed June 1st, 1987)


Our record at Ibrox, which isn't as bad as most people think, should have been improved by even more than the point we gained here. Facing a Rangers' team devoid of Butcher, Roberts and Souness, we took a stranglehold of the game in the first half. There was an early breakthrough. Eamonn Bannon deftly chipped the ball over the Ibrox defence, and Dave Beaumont ran through to take on Woods. His first effort was parried by the English internationalist, but Dave had an easy task to prod the loose ball into the empty net after 12 minutes. Ian Redford put Dave Bowman clear, but Dave shot straight at Woods. The only moment of concern to the Tannadice defence in the first half came in the 38th minute, but Dave Narey was on the spot to clear an Ally McCoist shot off the line.

It was a different story in the second half. Rangers with Durrant on for Phillips, applied intense pressure. Durrant headed over; Billy Thomson saved brilliantly from Davie Cooper and then Falco turned sharply, but shot wide. It wasn't all Rangers though. Ian Redford split their defence to find Eamonn Bannon, whose cross was headed only narrowly past by Hamish French. With 21 minutes left Rangers were awarded a penalty. Ally McCoist was brought down by Billy Thomson, and got up to beat Billy from the spot. Two minutes later McCoist struck the far post,but the ball rebounded to the safety of Billy Thomsons'a arms. A few minutes later Billy Thomson pushed a McCoist shot on to the post, but at the other Ian Redford was unlucky to see his shot sail just over the bar. The closing stages saw us regain our grip on the game, but no one could complain at the share of the spoils.

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