Dundee 2
Rangers 3
League (Premier League)

2 - 3

League (Premier League)
Saturday, October 2nd, 1999
Dens Park
Attendance: 10,494
3:00 PM Kick-off

Shaun McSkimming 
Willie Falconer 
Andrei Kanchelskis (30)
Rodney Wallace (80)
Gabriel Amato (85)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Dick Advocaat

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
20. Lee Wilkie
5. Steven Tweed
3. Lee Maddison
17. Frank van Eijs
2. Barry Smith
12. Shaun McSkimming
7. Steven Boyack
8. Gavin Rae
11. Willie Falconer
9. Eddie Annand
Lionel Charbonnier .22
Segio Porrini .2
Craig Moore .3
Lorenzo Amoruso .4
Arthur Numan .5
Andrei Kanchelskis .7
Barry Ferguson .6
Giovanni van Bronkhurst .8
Jorg Albertz .11
Rodney Wallace .10
Michael Mols .9

13. Jamie Langfield
21. Mark Slater
15. Lee Sharp
18. Robert Matute
10. James Grady
Antti Niemi .13
Barry Nicholson .23
Tony Vidmar .14
Dariusz Adamczuk .17
Gabriel Amato .15

James Grady for Eddie Annand
Robert Matute for Willie Falconer
Lee Sharp for Steven Boyack
Tony Vidmar for Arthur Numan (55)
Gabriel Amato for Segio Porrini (71)
Dariusz Adamczuk for Andrei Kanchelskis (77)

James Grady
Shaun McSkimming
Arthur Numan
Craig Moore
Michael Mols
Barry Ferguson

Red Cards
Lee Wilkie
Giovanni van Bronkhurst
Match Officials

S. Dougal (Referee)
R. K. Cobb & D. R. Lowe (Assistants)
J. A. Herald (Fourth Official)

Match Report

This wasn't quite a case of never mind the ball, get on with the game. But it certainly was a couple of minutes before half-time.

Then, a match which was little more than a kick-about and a stroll in the sunshine for Advocaat's army, suddenly went absolutely haywire.

It couldn't have happened more out of the blue had it tried. Thankfully, I've seldom clapped eyes on anything like it and I have no ambition to witness a repeat

Players and referee alike purely and simply lost the place in a right royal rammy. Lee Wilkie started it crashing into Barry Ferguson and Giovanni van Bronkhurst in quick succession.

He had to go. But before the ref could get out his red card, plenty of others had joined in. James Grady was yellow-carded for seemingly stamping on the aforementioned Dutchman. It should have been a red one. In the heat of the battle, however, Stuart Dougal appeared to lose the plot and red-carded Arthur Numan. The main stand linesman didn't fancy that and stuck his flag in the air. A confab between the pair ended with that Dutchman getting a yellow card and van Bronkhurst, who'd recovered after treatment, getting a red one!

Is there a Philadelphia lawyer in the place? Have you ever noticed they're never there when you need them!

All that could have taken the gloss off what was a battling Rangers performance, and it nearly did. But they didn't get where they are today in Europe without having fighting spirit in their make-up. And that's what this win was mostly about.

The Rangers' opener was so simple it's a wonder they hadn't tried the same earlier. Albertz played the ball across the park to Ferguson who sent a great pass through the middle to the 'in-Russian' Kanchelskis. Andrel was on to it quicker than two Jags John Prescott and poked the hall into the net.

The equaliser was down to Lionel Charbonnier, whether he likes it or not! Boyack's cross was the Frenchman's all the way. But for reasons best known to himself, he decided to play pat-a-cake with the ball instead of catching it.

All he succeeded in doing was shoving it straight to McSkimming who hit it straight into the net.

Dens' noses went in front with the minimum of hassle against an all-over-the-place Rangers back lot. All Falconer had to do was chase a through-ball and stick it behind the flat-footed Frenchman

The second equaliser was Albertz to Mols to Wallace and Rod's half-volley was unstoppable.

The eventual winner after a struggle? An Albertz corner and an Amato header. Easy-peasy really!

There were sadly several other yellow card merchants. McSkimming for a dull one at Wallace. Moore for dumping Falconer. Mols for moaning at the referee and Ferguson for time wasting.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at October 2nd, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)27 10 - 91 -
Lee Maddison26 8 - 592
Steven Tweed27 10 - 211
Lee Wilkie19 5 - 5 -
Barry Smith25 10 - 1521
Frank van Eijs27 6 - 6 -
Gavin Rae21 101744
Steven Boyack23 103185
Shaun McSkimming29 102717
Willie Falconer33 974411
Eddie Annand26 928728
Lee Sharp (sub)24 41102
Robert Matute (sub)21 3 - 3 -
James Grady (sub)28 8 - 8021

League Table (as at October 2nd, 1999)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

There is no doubt that last week's magnificent result at Rugby Park has given us a great boost for this afternoon's testing encounter against Rangers.

Not only did we score two excellent goals, but I was also highly delighted that we kept another clean sheet on our travels, particularly as we restricted the home side's chances to a minimum.

Throughout the game, we looked dangerous near their goal and we must try and build upon that result and performance, even allowing for the high quality of this afternoon's opposition.

Unfortunately, it was another of the series of late goals which have cursed us this season at Dens that cost us defeat against St Johnstone in our last home game.

In some ways losing was hard to swallow after getting off to such a good start and leading at the interval. But, unfortunately, not for the first time this season, we let it slip near the end, and this is something we must rectify as soon as possible. No club can afford to give points away as we have done in each of our three home games so far.

As I have already mentioned, we were a little bit more miserly defence last week, and must ensure that we are equally so this afternoon against undoubtedly, currently, the best team in the country.

If we are to get any kind of result out of this game then we will need to reach the same high standard of performance as we turned in against Rangers when we last met them down the road at Tannadice.

Of course, Rangers will arrive here in excellent heart after their win in Eindhoven on Tuesday evening and I would like to extend my congratulations on a victory which, with two home games to come, boosts their hopes of Champions League.

I wish them every success in that quest because after a period in the doldrums, Scotland needs as many teams as possible making progress in these competitions to not only enhance our reputation, but also our increase our representation, on the European stage.