Dundee 0
Rangers 2
League (Premier Division)

0 - 2

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 1st, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 14,156
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Eric Ferguson (44)
Ian Redford (70)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Jock Wallace

Starting Eleven
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. John McCormack
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Ray Stephen
8. John Brown
9. Walker McCall
10. Bobby Connor
11. Albert Kidd
1. Nicky Walker
2. Dave McKinnon
3. Ally Dawson
4. John McClelland
5. Craig Paterson
6. Ian Redford
7. Bobby Russell
8. Cammy Fraser
9. Ally McCoist
10. Eric Ferguson
11. Davie Cooper

12. Jim Smith
14. Derek McWilliams
12. Dave McPherson
14. Dave Mitchell

Jim Smith for Bobby Connor (75)
Derek McWilliams for Stuart Rafferty (79)
Dave McPherson for Bobby Russell (76)
Dave Mitchell for Ally McCoist (84)

Albert Kidd
Ally Dawson
Ally McCoist
Eric Ferguson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

H. Alexander (Kilmarnock) (Referee)
R. A. Bisset (Inverurie) & D. F. Bell (Edinburgh) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from Bill McFarlane | The Sunday Post.

If Dundee felt hard done by over the fee fixed by the League for Iain Ferguson's transfer to Rangers two months ago, they must feel the entire world is against them this morning.

Because not only did the bold Fergie score the all-important opener against the run of play, but he was obviously unavailable for Dundee when they were awarded a penalty at a crucial stage of the proceedings.

In Fergie's Dark Blue days, a penalty was as good as a goal for Dundee. However, when Dawson was harshly adjudged to have fouled Rafferty in the box, Albert Kidd blasted the award well wide.

To add salt to Dundee's wounds another former player, Ian Redford, wrapped up the two points with as fine a goal as you'll see all season. He took on three defenders in the box. Survived all three challenges. Then cool as you like lobbed the ball into the top corner of the net.

After that there was no doubt Rangers deserved to win. Yet one was left with the feeling Dundee had the ability to take something from this thoroughly entertaining encounter.

After an even-steven first half they paid the penalty for relaxing 30 seconds before half-time. Cooper fired over a rather inept corner but skipper McClelland fought to retrieve the ball.

From Cooper's second attempt Paterson headed the ball down and Ferguson blasted the loose ball into the back of the net.

Prior to this, although Carson had a couple of fine saves, the best chance of the half fell to Connor. He should have burst the net from 12 yards. Instead he dallied and Walker was given time to reposition himself and save well.

Despite spending almost £2,000,000 on their squad, Rangers are still a long way from being the finished article. In fact, for most of the game Dundee were their equals.

The home side had excellent performances from Carson, McGeachie, McKinlay, Rafferty and Brown. If only they could find the killer touch to round off some fine outfield play, their worries would surely be over.

Rangers, who had yeoman service from Walker, McClelland, Paterson, Redford and Russell, appeared still to have much to do if they are to return to the top of the walk in Scotland. They are still a bit too much individualistic to be the finished article.

But, in a game which kept the crowd on their toes from start to finish, no one could condemn the effort of both sides. In fact, in the referee's eyes, there was possibly too much of that as he booked Ferguson and Dawson for dissent and McCoist and Kidd for fouls on the respective keepers.

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 5 - 5 -
Bobby Glennie26 6 - 2714
George McGeachie25 6 - 2028
Tosh McKinlay19 6 - 543
John McCormack29 6 - 6 -
John Brown22 5151
Bobby Connor24 6161
Stuart Rafferty23 6161
Albert Kidd22 6 - 10310
Walker McCall30 514520
Ray Stephen21 6313529
Jim Smith (sub)23 2 - 1034
Derek McWilliams (sub)24 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at September 1st, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

I was much more satisfied with our play on Wednesday night against Kilmarnock and I'm sure the fans will agree that we fully deserve to be looking forward now to a quarter final tie against Hearts.

There was a great deal of drama and excitement here on Wednesday night and the display on the park was a vast improvement from our disappointing showing against Dumbarton.

I would say that it's taken a bit longer for us to get our game together than I would have hoped but the signs were there for all to see on Wednesday that we are getting nearer what is required.

Some of our outfield play was first class and although we missed chances we succeeded in setting up plenty of them.

All fans who were at Dens on Wednesday will know that we were up against an inspired goalkeeper in the form of Kilmarnock's Alan McCulloch. And also on several occasions we were thwarted by scoring efforts hitting the woodwork.

Looking back on the start we've made to the season I would probably agree that we were possibly expecting too much too quickly from a team which is in effect a brand new side.

I've said all along that the players we have brought to this club have all got a lot to offer and I think they went some way to convincing the fans on Wednesday.

Certainly, there is still much to be done and we'll have to start picking up points in the League, but there was clear indication against Kilmarnock that the jigsaw while not yet complete - is beginning to take some form of shape.

Kilmarnock deserve every credit for keeping us at bay for so long and the penalty shoot-out provided high drama for the supporters.

Certainly, there can be no complaints about this new look competition with lots of interesting ties and some real crackers in the quarter final... not the least the visit of Hearts to Dens Park.

Obviously, we'll be putting that out of our minds today when it's vital that we begin to collect much-needed League points.

The players will be fit and raring to go and there are no worries about Wednesday's extra-time taking its toll physically. We're as fit as any team here at Dens and we hope to prove it today.