Rangers 0 - 2 Dundee Utd

Scottish Cup - 5th Round
Sunday, February 5th, 2012, 12:15 PM at Ibrox
Attendance: 17,822
Referee: Willie Collum
Rangers Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
None. Gavin Gunning (16)
Johnny Russell (35)

Team Managers
Ally McCoist Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Allan McGregor
Dorin Goian
Sasa Papac
Lee Wallace
Carlos Bocanegra
Kyle Bartley
Maurice Edu
Steven Davis
Sone Aluko
Mervan Celik
David Healy
Dušan Perniš
Garry Kenneth
Robbie Neilson
Paul Dixon
Gavin Gunning
Scott Robertson
John Rankin
Stuart Armstrong
Gary Mackay-Steven
Johnny Russell
Jon Daly

Bench
Neil Alexander
Lee McCulloch
Gregg Wylde
Salim Kerkar
Andrew Little
Steve Banks
Seán Dillon
Richie Ryan
Willo Flood
Miloš Lačný

Substitutions
Salim Kerkar for Mervan Celik (46)
Andrew Little for David Healy (60)
Gregg Wylde for Sasa Papac (69)
Willo Flood for Stuart Armstrong (76)
Miloš Lačný for Gary Mackay-Steven (88)
Seán Dillon for Gavin Gunning (90)

Bookings
Sone Aluko (21)
Dorin Goian (65)
Maurice Edu (82)
Kyle Bartley (85)
Allan McGregor (90)
Jon Daly (33)
Johnny Russell (37)
Gary Mackay-Steven (57)
Robbie Neilson (71)
Miloš Lačný (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dušan Perniš (GK) 101 apps -
Garry Kenneth 187 apps7 goals
Robbie Neilson 11 apps -
Paul Dixon 132 apps4 goals
Gavin Gunning 23 apps2 goals
Gary Mackay-Steven 21 apps3 goals
Stuart Armstrong 30 apps2 goals
John Rankin 30 apps2 goals
Scott Robertson 111 apps7 goals
Johnny Russell 68 apps21 goals
Jon Daly 144 apps50 goals
Seán Dillon (sub) 182 apps3 goals
Willo Flood (sub) 95 apps1 goal
Miloš Lačný (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Stuart Armstrong (19 years 316 days)
Oldest Player:Robbie Neilson (31 years 238 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 83 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Stuart Armstrong (19 years 316 days)
Oldest Player:Steve Banks (40 years 6 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 181 days
Domestic Players:8 (50.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Miloš Lačný(Signed January 30th, 2012)

Milestones

Manager Peter Houston made only one change from the side that drew with Motherwell, with fit-again Gavin Gunning coming back in and Sean Dillon dropping onto the bench. Rangers Manager Ally McCoist gave a debut to new signing Mervan Celik.

United, hoping to take advantage of a less intimidating than usual atmosphere at Ibrox where fewer than 20,000 fans had turned out for a match that was being broadcast live on the BBC, had the ball in the net within a minute, although there was little doubt that a free kick would be given when Jon Daly slid in on Allan McGregor before the ball fell to Johnny Russell to roll home. The away side, shouted on by a healthy turnout of around 1300 fans, continued to enjoy a spirited start and Daly had the confidence to try to catch McGregor off his line from near the halfway line, although the Scotland number one easily got back to save. It took 10 minutes before Rangers had a shot of note on goal, but Sone Aluko’s long-range strike rolled harmlessly past Dusan Pernis’s left hand post. United were next to threaten with Daly playing a neat ball down the right channel for Russell who cut inside but saw his effort deflected off Dorin Goian and into the arms of McGregor. After an extremely positive first quarter of an hour, United got the goal that their early play deserved after a spell where the ball ping-ponged around the Rangers box. First Paul Dixon came close when Allan McGregor had to turn behind for a corner after he fired in from long range. Garry Kenneth then nearly got his head to the resultant Stuart Armstrong corner from the right then Rankin fired in a dangerous cross from the left that McGregor needed to palm away to Armstrong. The youngster then pinged in a great cross to Gavin Gunning, who met the ball well and headed in an effort that hit off the underside of the bar and into the net. The goal galvanised the home side and they had their first shot on target soon after when Sone Aluko showed some great skills before firing in an effort that Pernis beat away. They came close again after 23 minutes when David Healy drilled in an effort from the right edge of the box that brought out a superb fingertip save from Pernis. With 10 minutes to go before half time, United stormed into an incredible two goal lead when Paul Dixon rolled the ball into Johnny Russell who lifted the ball over McGregor and into the net, sparking utter pandemonium in the United end. Rangers were shell-shocked and looking vulnerable and it took until five minutes to half time before they had another chance when Pernis easily held a Kyle Bartley header.

Rangers struggled to cause any threat in the opening quarter of an hour of the second half aside from a couple of corners, as United tried to slow down the pace of the game. United had a golden opportunity to put the game beyond doubt midway through the second half when Garry Kenneth rose unchallenged in the Rangers box but McGregor did well to save. On the next attack, it was Daly who found space in the box to meet a Dixon cross but headed over. Rangers were struggling to get into the game at all and were restricted to long range efforts that failed to trouble Pernis. With just under 20 minutes to go, Aluko did well to get a cross in from a tight angle on the right but Andrew Little, on for the anonymous David Healy, lifted the ball over the bar. United were still controlling the midfield as the game entered the final quarter of an hour and nearly snatched a third when John Rankin chested down a through ball then fired in a good dipping effort from 20 yards that McGregor did well to save. A Garry Kenneth foul 25 yards out gave the home side the chance to set up a grandstand finale but Aluko’s free kick went harmlessly over to send Rangers fans streaming to the exits. As the clock ticked down, United gave a debut to new striker Milos Lacny, who replaced the ever-impressive Gary Mackay-Steven. His first involvement he had a strong shout for a penalty as McGregor dived at his feet while Goian tussled with him in the box, with the keeper then collecting a booking. Dusan Pernis never looked troubled as United played out the final minutes comfortably, leaving the away fans to celebrate a truly historic victory until long after the final whistle.



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