Dundee 0
Rangers 4
League (Premier Division)

0 - 4

League (Premier Division)
Tuesday, March 17th, 1987
Dens Park
Attendance: 18,723
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Ally McCoist (16)
Dave McPherson (28)
Robert Fleck (35)
Ally McCoist (46)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Graeme Souness

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Rab Shannon
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Bobby Glennie
5. Jim Smith
6. Jim Duffy
7. Stewart Forsyth
8. John Brown
9. Vince Mennie
10. Tommy Coyne
11. Ross Jack

12. Stuart Rafferty
14. Keith Wright

Stuart Rafferty for John Brown (60)
Keith Wright for Vince Mennie (60)

Jim Duffy
John Brown

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

A. Huett (Edinburgh) (Referee)
I. Taylor (Edinburgh) & H. C. McHendry (Glenrothes) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Dumdee's unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at Dens Park last night.

Rangers fully harnessed the near gale which swept Dundee's ground, establishing a commanding first half advantage that the home side never appeared capable of retrieving. Dundee, although showing just one change from the side which won so convincingly at Clydebank at the weekend, with Jack replacing Wright, looked a shadow of the cup team.

Rangers, in contrast, impressed, and having increased their lead at the top of the table to four points with this win, will take a bit of catching in the Premier title race. Rangers, with the wind at their back, made almost all the first-half running.

The pattern of that opening period was set within 60 seconds when Souness fired in a 30 yarder which Geddes needed two attempts to gather.

Dundee responded with a fine run down the left and deep cross to the back post from Jack, which Coyne was unable to direct into the net.

In 16 minutes, however, Rangers went in front. Geddes did well to parry a powerful Cooper effort, but as the ball ran loose Ally McCoist pounced.

A couple of minutes later McCoist almost collected a second. His neat flick from a Robert Fleck cross beat the keeper, but the ball rebounded from a post.

That let off was merely a stay of execution for the home side, who went further behind in 28 minutes.

Seconds after Geddes had done well to touch over a Roberts chip, Dave McPherson headed a Souness cross beyond the keepe'rs reach.

And worse was to follow seven minutes later. The Ibrox side went three up when Fleck blasted home the rebound after a Butcher 35-yarder had come crashing back off the bar.

With the break approaching it took a brilliant save from Geddes to deny Rangers further reward, the keeper turning over a Butcher header from another Souness centre.

Dundee's hopes of an elements assisted comeback were dashed within 44 seconds of the re-start when Ally McCoist netted with a low, angled drive.

Mennie tried to create an opening, back-heading a McKinlay corner across the face of Rangers goal, but Woods held well, and when Butcher gave away possession to Jack in midfield he immediately atoned, cutting out the striker's dangerous looking pass to partner Coyne at the expense of a corner.

Dundee committed both substitutes with half an hour remaining, Rafferty and Wright replacing Brown and Mennie, but to no avail.

The nearest they came to gaining some consolation was when a Forsyth free-kick just failed to run kindly for Coyne, and near the end when Wright poked the ball wide after Woods had hesitated in leaving his line to gather.

There were two bookings, Duffy for a foul on Fleck and Brown for a challenge on McPherson.

Dundee manager Jocky Scott commented afterwards, "We didn't play and failed to compete, which was the really annoying thing.

"Rangers did to us what we did to Clydebank, but even better."


Dundee: Geddes; Shannon. McKin lay, Glennie. Smith. Duffy, Forsyth. Brown (Rafferty), Mennie (Wright), Coyne, Jack.

Rangers: Woods; Roberts, Munro. Souness, McPherson, Butcher, Nicholl. Fleck, McCoist, Durrant, Cooper. Subs: Ferguson and West.

Referee-A. Huett, Edinburgh.

Squad Statistics (as at March 17th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)26 43 - 203 -
Jim Duffy27 412832
Jim Smith25 4012057
Stewart Forsyth25 291572
Bobby Glennie29 14 - 3546
Tosh McKinlay22 3011457
Rab Shannon20 425917
Vince Mennie22 231373
John Brown - 281010233
Ross Jack27 326406
Tommy Coyne24 177177
Stuart Rafferty (sub)26 33211110
Keith Wright (sub)21 154154

League Table (as at March 17th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our result at Paisley was a good one. Love. Street is never an easy place to pick up points, but on our 14th March display we were worth our win.

As against Celtic the previous Saturday, our first half performance was not as good as our second, but we defended well, gave nothing away, and went in at the interval level. In that second half, we pushed forward more, created more chances, and in the end thoroughly deserved our win. In addition to the spectacle of Tosh scoring a late winner with his "wrong" foot, we came close on several other occasions. Jim Duffy hit the bar with a header, and Tommy Coyne again came close with a couple of headers.

This match was followed by the postponed visit of United to Dens on the Monday night. This game turned out to be a great evening's entertainment for the fans, with numerous chances being created at both ends of the field. While United may I have had a slight edge in terms of possession, I felt that we created more in the way of chances, but in the end neither side could complain about the result, a 1-1 draw. After Stuart Rafferty had had a couple of chances, we went ahead with an excellent long range shot by John Brown just before half-time. In the second half, United equalised, but we should have snapped a winner immediately after this. How ever, Harvey's shot was saved.

We have now completed this signing, from Meadowbank Thistle, of winger Alan Lawrence. The player performed ex ceptionally well against us in our recent Scottish Cup encounter and displayed a great appetite for the game. With this attitude, and full-time training, we look forward to Lawrence seizing the opportunity of displaying his skills at Premier League level.