Rangers 3
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Rangers 

3 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Sunday, April 30th, 2000
Ibrox Park
Attendance: 50,032
6:05 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Billy Dodds (53)
Neil McCann (56)
Sebastian Rozental (71)
None.

Team Managers
Dick Advocaat Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Stefan Klos
4. Lorenzo Amoruso
5. Arthur Numan
6. Barry Ferguson
7. Andrei Kanchelskis
11. Jorg Albertz
12. Claudio Reyna
15. Sebastian Rozental
18. Neil McCann
29. Tero Penttila
47. Billy Dodds
Robert Douglas .1
Lee Wilkie .20
Barry Smith .2
Lee Maddison .3
Steven Tweed .5
Patrizio Billio .19
Steven Boyack .7
Javier Artero .18
Gavin Rae .8
Willie Falconer .11
Francisco Luna .37

Bench
32. Mark Brown
33. Bob Malcolm
14. Tony Vidmar
26. Kerimoglu Tugay
20. Jonatan Johansson
Jamie Langfield .13
Willie Miller .4
Hugh Robertson .14
James Grady .10
Graham Bayne .22

Substitutions
Jonatan Johansson for Billy Dodds (67)
Kerimoglu Tugay for Claudio Reyna (73)
Tony Vidmar for Arthur Numan (73)
James Grady for Francisco Luna (82)

Cautions
Arthur Numan Patrizio Billio

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)



Match Report


Champions Rangers enjoyed a second-half stroll in the early evening sun at Ibrox, moving a massive 22 points clear at the top of the table, before taking possession of the Bank of Scotland SPL title trophy amid scenes of unbridled celebration.

Dundee, responsible for the only home defeat suffered by Dick Advocaat's side this term, ultimately were no match for the Light Blues this time.

They could, though, derive some satisfaction from the fact they held out until a two goals in four minutes scoring burst with former Dens pair Billy Dodds and Neil McCann the marksmen-shortly after the interval got the party going and that they fared considerably better than two months ago when the clubs clashed at Dens and Rangers treated another live TV audience to a 7-1 romp.

"We have come here tonight and created more scoring opportunities than in any other game we have played at Ibrox, even more than when we beat Rangers in November," claimed manager Jocky Scott.

"Unfortunately, though, we didn't convert those chances and against Rangers that is fatal.

"In the first half I thought we made things difficult for them, asking questions of Rangers as far as breaking us down was concerned.

"But once again we lost soft goals, although my players are adamant that McCann handled in the lead-up to the first one and that we should have had a free kick.

"After going behind we lost our discipline and immediately started chasing the game, which we did not need to do at that stage, and that left spaces for Rangers which, quality side that they are, they exploited."

It has to be said, though, that for as well as Dundee battled their corner in the first half and sought to do their share of attacking, Rangers did create some rather gilt-edged opportunities.

The Dark Blues certainly enjoyed a decent chunk of the possession but apart from two promising incidents-when only a timely Barry Ferguson block thwarted Gavin Rae after a one two with Franciso Luna set the former under-21 cap up to threaten and Steven Boyack burst through and on Stefan Klos but shot straight at the keeper-they were generally restricted to efforts from distance.

The home side, meanwhile, did plenty of pressing. Both Jorg Albertz and Ferguson squandered excellent early chances when failing to make proper contact with the ball and there was a moment of anxiety when keeper Robert Douglas was indecisive in dealing with a through pass and McCann supplied Seb Rozental with a cut-back he duly stuck away only for Douglas to be let off the hook by a raised flag indicating the ball had crossed the byeline.

Douglas enjoyed an even greater slice of good fortune as McCann, given a clear sight of goal by Claudio Reyna's perfectly-weighted pass, beat him with a rising sidefooter which struck the bar and was deflected over. But the big goalie did show his abilities in holding a shot on the turn from Dodds and somehow scrambling a thundering 40-yard drive from Albertz over his bar before, with the interval approaching, Lee Wilkie cleared a Rozental effort off the line after the Chilean had combined well with Andrei Kanchelskis.

Dundee's resistance was finally broken eight minutes into the second period when McCann was allowed to cut in from the left-hand edge of the area and supply Dodds, who wheeled and fired home via the outstretched leg of Douglas.

The loss of that goal prompted an animated and sustained verbal exchange between Wilkie and Steven Tweed, the former seeming to blame the latter for its concession, and there was further finger pointing three minutes later as the title winners went further in front. This time Boyack appeared at fault, failing to cut out an Albertz corner at the near post, allowing McCann to bundle the ball in. The lead was nearly enhanced when Dodds powered downward a header from another Albertz corner and it took the combined efforts of Douglas and Tweed to keep the ball out.

But with 71 minutes gone and Rangers cruising, the third goal duly arrived as Rozental traded passes with substitute Jonatan Johansson on the edge of the area, drew Douglas and waited until the keeper committed himself before rolling the ball into the net.

Rozental was denied a second counter late on when Douglas got down at the base of his left hand post to block the striker's header from a McCann cross.

Two players, Patrizio Billio (downing McCann) and Arthur Numan (foul on Javier Artero) were booked.

As the champagne flowed, Rangers supremo Advocaat took time out to pay tribute to the Ibrox faithful.

"Again it has been a great season but we now have to think about the fans as well," he said.

"The supporters have all been brilliant over the years and for the whole season, not only here domestically but also in Europe as well.

"So I have been very pleased with the support away and at home and I am giving them my thanks for what they have done this season.

"But today I was so pleased with the way we played in the second half and I felt we were a little bit sharper and the way we played football-wise was of a good quality."

Advocaat also toasted the players and believes they will still be hungry next season to retain the title. He said, "We all work very hard behind the scenes to come so far and when you see how happy we are with the championship again it shows how hard they work with each other and how much they respect each other."

Attendance-50,032.

Rangers-Klos, Amoruso, Numan (Vidmar 73), Ferguson, Kanchelskis, Albertz, Reyna (Kerimoglu 73), Rozental, McCann, Penttila, Dodds (Johansson 67). Subs not used: Brown, Malcolm.

Match report written by The Courier



Squad Statistics (as at April 30th, 2000)


1999-00 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)28 36 - 117 -
Steven Tweed27 362473
Lee Maddison27 18 - 692
Barry Smith26 34 - 1761
Lee Wilkie20 24 - 24 -
Gavin Rae22 3741017
Javier Artero25 7171
Steven Boyack23 383465
Patrizio Billio26 151151
Willie Falconer34 33146818
Francisco Luna28 6363
James Grady (sub)29 31610327






League Table (as at April 30th, 2000)


No league table has been added for this season.