Dundee 1
Rangers 3
League (Premier Division)


Dundee
1 - 3
Rangers 

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, February 25th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,750
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Colin Harris (1)
Bobby Russell (27)
Davie Cooper (28)
Dave McPherson (59)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Jock Wallace

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Blair
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Jim Smith
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Colin Harris
9. Iain Ferguson
10. Ray Stephen
11. Colin McGlashan
Peter McCloy .1
Jimmy Nicholl .2
Ally Dawson .3
John McClelland .4
Dave McPherson .5
Ian Redford .6
Bobby Russell .7
Robert Prytz .8
Sandy Clark .9
Ally McCoist .10
Davi Cooper .11

Bench
12. Albert Kidd
14. Ian MacDonald
Bobby Williamson .12
Stuart Munro .14

Substitutions
Ian MacDonald for Peter Mackie (64)
None.

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

H. Young (Larkhall) (Referee)
S. Dyas (Glenrothes) & M. N. Edwards (Aberdeen) (Assistants)


Match Report


Big Fifer Colin Harris plays his first game for Dundee against Rangers. It is an even bigger day for teenage Dundonian Colin McGlashan who starts a first team game, for the first time Rangers field the side that took them into the League Cup final.

In just 30 seconds McCloy makes a wonderful save to push a 20-yard shot by Fraser round the post.

The corner is taken by Stephen and the ball is deflected over the goal line by HARRIS.

The ball is kicked out by a defender but the goal is given.

Dundee try to strike again and Ferguson races clear, but he is dispossessed by Nicholl in the penalty area.

Clark crosses low from the right. The ball strikes a Dundee defender and streaks across the goal.

Blair punches away a Prytz cross as McCoist is poised for a header.

Dundee are under lots of pressure, but most of their moves out of defence are clear cut and McGlashan and Harris are showing up well.

A cross from the left by Russell is headed into the air by Clark and Blair grabs the ball as it comes down.

McKinlay races deep into Rangers territory to give the ball to McGlashan who wriggles round a defender and hits a shot which McCloy holds at the near post.

Rangers ask about a penalty when Redford goes down.

Redford brings applause from the Light Blue fans with a left-foot, 20-yard shot which is a couple of feet too high.

Smith bundles McCoist off the ball at the corner of the penalty area, but Cooper's free is cleared.

It goes straight through the Rangers' defence and McCloy races from the penalty area to clear from Mackie.

In 27 minutes the world caves in on the Dundee defence and they lose two goals in 30 seconds.

The first comes when Blair fails to hold a Clark header and RUSSELL hits the loose ball into the net.

Almost straight from the kick-off the ball comes over from the right and COOPER, in splendid isolation, hammers it into the net.

Some of the Dark Blues' moves show real promise. A Stephen surge, like the rest, runs out on the edge ofnthe penalty area.

McCloy beats Ferguson to a high ball and takes a knock.

Half-time-Dundee 1-2 Rangers

Reflections-Dundee seem to have ridden the storm of Rangers' fight-back when blunders in defence cost them dear.

Second half

Clark comes close with header which Blair just manages to punch away.

The Ranger is brought down by Glennie on the edge of the box and Prytz's quickly-taken free is easily cleared. Fraser allows Prytz an opening for a shot which hits Glennie and is cleared.

Clarks gets in a powerful at the far post which is held by Blair following a Cooper corner.

A Ferguson cross is missed by McCloy and Fraser is so surprised he also misses the scoring chance.

The ball comes back from Ferguson and Stephen heads wide.

Rangers get a third goal in 59 minutes. McGeachie fouls Cooper just outside the box and Cooper's free is headed in at the far post by MCPHERSON.

A shot from McCoist hits the post and goes past. Blair drops a high ball, which goes for a corner. From the corner McGlashan heads off the line.

MacDonald replaces Mackie and Glennie moves to left-back and McKinlay steps forward. Rangers send on Munro to replace Russell and Williamson for McCoist.

A Harris cross brings danger for Rangers as Fraser goes up for a header with McPherson, but the danger disappears.

Ferguson chests the ball down and turns quickly to hit the ball straight at McCloy.

A Harris shot goes wide at the far post. Final-Dundee 1, Rangers 3.

Summing-up-Dundee never recovered from the double disaster of the first half, but they did not stop fighting. McGlashan showed loads of promise. Harris needs time to fit in.

Match report written by The Sporting Post



Squad Statistics (as at February 25th, 1984)


1983-84 All Time
Age
Alan Blair (GK)33 4 - 32 -
Jim Smith22 26 - 843
George McGeachie25 21 - 1848
Tosh McKinlay19 311321
Bobby Glennie26 2522534
Cammy Fraser26 29414522
Peter Mackie26 28417723
Colin McGlashan19 7 - 9 -
Colin Harris23 1111
Iain Ferguson21 301213148
Ray Stephen21 28312425
Ian MacDonald (sub)30 183786






League Table (as at February 25th, 1984)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Since I last wrote this column we've managed to progress into the last eight of the Scottish Cup thanks to our 2-1 win over Airdrie on Sunday.

That game underlined once again just how hard it is to get through against the teams everyone says we're supposed to beat with ease. The fact that we were against First Division opposition put additional pressure on the players and I think this was reflected in their performance.

Even the supporters were a bit subdued because they too were aware of what was at stake and all in all I was pleased to get through to the Quarter Final against Rangers an occasion that everyone here is looking forward to.

It's Rangers at Dens today on League business and it's remarkable to think that with March just round the corner this game will be only our third League fixture since the turn of the year.

It's frustrating being unable to get moving at all in terms of the League but we couldn't have hoped for a better game than today's to get us going again.

RANGERS' SUCCESS IN THE LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL ON WEDNESDAY SHOULD MEAN A BUMPER CROWD AND THE ATMOSPHERE GENERATED BY THAT CAN ONLY BE GOOD FOR THE PLAYERS.

We all know how hard this game is going to be.

Since Big Jock arrived at Ibrox in November, Rangers have suffered only one defeat rampaging through every obstacle put before them. And although the Quarter Final tie is only two weeks away I think you can forget about this game being regarded as a dress rehearsal.

This match won't have any bearing on the Cup tie...whoever wins will claim a psychological boost and whoever loses will say that the Cup presents a completely different set-up. The one thing which both games will have in common is that they will attract bumper crowds.

And the more games with bigger crowds and a better atmosphere we have here at Dens the happier I will be. These occasions generate the feeling that something is happening... and that's the way we want to work out.