Dundee 0
Rangers 3
League (Premier League)

0 - 3

League (Premier League)
Saturday, April 21st, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 10,687
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Rodney Wallace (4)
Tore André Flo (15)
Jörg Albertz (28)

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Dick Advocaat

Starting Eleven
3. Jamie Langfield
6. Steven Tweed
30. Zurab Khizanishvili
22. Chris Coyne
25. Beto Carranza
14. Gavin Rae
18. Javier Artero
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
36. Beto Garrido
15. Steven Milne
9. Juan Sara
Stefan Klos .1
Fernando Ricksen .2
Lorenzo Amoruso .4
Arthur Numan .5
Bert Konterman .15
Scott Wilson .19
Barry Ferguson .6
Jörg Albertz .11
Tore André Flo .22
Rodney Wallace .10
Billy Dodds .16

1. Marco Roccati
26. Walter Del Rio
23. Mark Robertson
29. Alessandro Romano
7. Fabian Caballero
Jesper Christiansen .22
Fabrice Fernandes .40s
Tugay Kerimoglu .17
Kenny Miller .23
Sergio Porrin .21

Alessandro Romano for Javier Artero (46)
Fabian Caballero for Steven Milne (53)
Walter Del Rio for Chris Coyne (60)
Fabrice Fernandes for Billy Dodds (60)
Tugay Kerimoglu for Barry Ferguson (69)
Kenny Miller for Tore André Flo (81)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)
Ross McCluskie & Brian McDuffie (Assistants)
Iain Brines (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee displayed all their bad points to give the former champions a far easier afternoon than they rightly could have expected. It could have been so different though had Dundee taken any of the gilt edged chances which they carved out in a fifteen minutes spell early on.

The Dees went at their opponents from the off and were knocking the ball around with confidence and style, but were rocked as Rangers scored in their first serious attack. A Konterman punt over top in four minutes saw Steven Tweed turned too easily by Wallace and the English striker fired over the advancing Langfield with ease and some style.

The Dark Blues tried to hit back and their passing game had the Ibrox defence chasing shadows for an extended period. Giorgi Nemsadze conjured up a wonderful chance for himself when he danced into the middle of the Rangers box only to fire straight at Klos' chest. Sara then missed the first of a trio of good scoring opportunities when he headed over after Rangers had failed to clear a corner.

Dundee had Rangers on the rack, but on the quarter hour more defensive suicide contributed heavily to the visitors doubling their lead.

Chris Coyne misjudged Ferguson's through ball and Flo held off Tweed before deftly flicking the ball over the diving Langfield.

Still Dundee held the upper hand in terms of possession and creativity and Sara fired straight at Klos from ten yards when he had time to pick his spot after Carranza's delightful dummy had deceived the Rangers defence into allowing Milne's cross to reach the Argentinian striker.

Savo put in Sara again soon afterwards as Dundee swept down the left, but the ball stuck between his feet and he could only poke it to Rae, who saw Klos make a good save from his drive.

The final blow came on 27 minutes when a rare Rangers attack appeared to be going nowhere until Wallace knocked the ball into Albertz' path and the German showed Langfield that he hits the ball rather well to put Rangers three up.

Now the game became more even in terms of possession and Rangers looked comfortable coming forward though rarely down the left of their attack where Khizanishvili was mopping up anything that came his way, it's doubtful if Arthur Numan has ever had a less rewarding personal afternoon (at least in an attacking sense).

The interval brought a return to action for Alessandro Romano in place of Artero and he put in a succession of decent crosses, one of which saw Sara head narrowly past, but Rangers looked very comfortable after the break and opportunities were few and far between on either side. Dundee seemed happy to keep the score respectable, despite having been told in no uncertain terms by Ivano Bonetti that their performances had not been up to scratch.

The Dark Blues showed lots of individual skills in that second period but lacked cohesion. They got little help though from a support, which has been pretty patient this season, but were all too quick to turn on individual players here. What a contrast from the backing given at Pittodrie just a fortnight previously!

Khizanishvili moved into central defence as Del Rio replaced Coyne just before the hour and that ended any chance of another goal for the visitors, although Jamie Langfield still had to make a couple of decent saves from long-range efforts. Young Zura was the one bright spot of an otherwise bleak afternoon. It is obvious that he is a quality act and at only 19 can only improve.

Fabian Caballero had replaced Steven Milne (who'd done little wrong) six minutes before Zura's switch to centre back and the striker worked hard to try to make an opening, but with the game taking on a pre season friendly air it was hard for him to make a real impact.

With the game heading towards a dull finish many fans headed for the exits with a couple ludicrously throwing their scarves onto the pitch side. These boys obviously don't remember what being a Dundee fan was like five years ago.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at April 21st, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 5 - 10 -
Steven Tweed28 371874
Chris Coyne22 21 - 21 -
Zurab Khizanishvili19 3 - 3 -
Beto Garrido - 7 - 7 -
Giorgi Nemsadze28 382382
Javier Artero26 383474
Gavin Rae23 34413812
Beto Carranza28 232232
Juan Sara24 34163416
Steven Milne20 214234
Walter Del Rio (sub)24 6 - 6 -
Alessandro Romano (sub)31 15 - 15 -
Fabian Caballero (sub)23 136136

League Table (as at April 21st, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome back to Dens Park, where the third visit by Rangers this afternoon is the tangible reward for achieving my first season goal as Dundee manager - winning a place in the top six.

Not that we made it easy for ourselves with the problems which have blighted our season again costing us dearly in the games against Kilmarnock and Celtic. I refer, of course, to the number of late goals which we have conceded throughout the course of the season. Against Kilmarnock, it was no different, Gavin Rae's header had put us in a winning position and opposed by only ten men, felt sure we would register our first home win since November.

Instead, we were punished for a late lapse in concentration and another game that we should have won at home was added to the growing black-list of results at Dens

Park. Ironically, it was Kilmarnock who were to be out top six salvation, but not before we made our fans endure the full gambit of emotions. In a hectic conclusion to the week before the split, we had to face Celtic and against the champions elect sent our fans home happy with the performance, but again, as were we, frustrated at the result.

Incredibly, we are hit by another of the late goals which have cost us so dearly all season, highlighting one area to which we will be giving a lot of attention to before the start of next season.

But for all these late goals, I am sure that we would be sitting looking forward to European football via the UEFA Cup and not the Intertoto.

What is probably most galling is that even Celtic manager Martin O'Neill admitted his side were lucky to win a game in which we more than matched the champions. One former Celtic player went so far as to say that the performance we served up that night was a sample of what Celtic can expect to face in next season's Champions League.

High praise indeed, but defeat meant that a top six place appeared beyond us.

And the reaction to the exertions at Celtic Park meant for the opening forty-five. minutes at Pittodrie nothing was going to change because we were a bit flat, looking tired and tense.

After hearing that Dunfermline were trailing Kilmarnock at the interval, I asked the players to give it their best shot to gain that top six spot. And they responded magnificently. We looked a different team and were rewarded with another Pittodrie win which, with luck for once going our way with Dunfermline's defeat at Rugby Park finally confirmed, was enough to enable us to fitful our first seasons objectives by finishing in the top 6.

The scenes that followed as the players and fans celebrated were memorable moments, and I hope were the first of many under my management. Now, beginning with Rangers this months ago.

afternoon, we can look forward to five top class games, and hopefully, with the pressure off, lay on the style and get the results which our play merits. Meetings this season with Rangers have been very close and there is no doubt that they were lucky to leave Dens with full points when the two sides last met.

Whilst we did gain revenge by playing very well and defeating them at Ibrox, it really is time that we did something about improving our poor home record which has seen us fail to win here for four months.

With three home games in succession, we have the perfect opportunity to do just that and at the same time, hopefully, finish even further up the table.