Rangers 4
Dundee 0
League (Premier League)


Rangers 

4 - 0

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, March 20th, 2004
Ibrox Park
Attendance: 49,364
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Peter Løvenkrands 4(1)
Frank de Boer (47)
Gavin Rae (81)
Steven Thompson (83)
None.

Team Managers
Alex McLeish Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Stefan Klos
15. Zurab Khizanishvili
3. Craig Moore
5. Frank de Boer
28. Alan Hutton
18. Michael Ball
27. Stephen Hughes
11. Gavin Rae
14. Ronald de Boer
26. Peter Lovenkrands
19. Steven Thompson
Julian Speroni .1
David Mackay .3
Tom Hutchinson .4
Lee Mair .19
Jonay Hernández .16
Brent Sancho .18
Mark Fotheringham .30
Steven Robb .21
Sebastian Kneissl .5
Neil Barrett .24
Nacho Novo .17

Bench
22. Allan McGregor
16. Paolo Vanoli
30. Chris Burke
10. Michael Mols
12. Robert Malcolm
Derek Soutar .22
Garry Brady .26
Dougie Cameron .34
Steve Lovell .25
Steven Milne .15

Substitutions
Chris Burke for
Michael Mols for
Robert Malcolm.for.
Steve Lovell for Steven Robb (46)
Garry Brady for Neil Barrett (53)
Steven Milne for Sebastian Kneissl (66)

Cautions
None. Neil Barrett (47)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)



Match Report


Many of Gavin Rae's most memorable moments in a Dundee jersey happened at Ibrox, so it was ironic that his first win bonus for the Ibrox club should come against his old team mates, and that he should score his first goal for his new employers too.

Gavin's goal was the third and heralded a late collapse by the Dees defence which doubled the margin of defeat for Dundee. Long before Rangers started to dominate, Dundee should have been ahead.

Novo ran onto a long through ball from Sancho after nine minutes, and although de Boer did well to catch him, the Dutch international was rewarded for his endeavour by ending up on his backside as Nacho jinked past him. The Spaniard had only Klos to beat and steadied himself, but dragged his effort wide of the target from 15 yards. It was a really bad miss from a great position.

Jim Duffy's side fell behind in controversial circumstances four minutes before the break. Alan Freeland eventually awarding Rangers opener after a long consultation with the main stand assistant referee, who'd stood with flag raised throughout the move which led to Lovenkrands netting.

To be fair to the ref, he showed plenty of bottle by speaking to the media afterwards to explain his decision. His view was, "I saw the ball being played across, there was a header and immediately after that the linesman raised his flag. From my angle I thought there was a defender that played the ball so I allowed play to continue. I then went across to clarify the situation with the assistant. It was a very congested penalty area and I had a totally different angle to the assistant."

Up until then, Dundee had done reasonably well, but any way back disappeared thanks to a poor start to the second half in which Frank De Boer scored a quite superb free kick Rangers threatened to run riot as Dundee struggled to get any kind of flowing play going, but eventually the Dees did get a handle on the match again, beginning to try to play neat passes and it looked as if the fixture would be played out without further score.

Then came Rae's fine strike from the edge of the box and it was swiftly followed by Thomson netting after a Mols' dummy.

The Dutchman could have made it even worse, but smashed a five-yard shot off the crossbar with the Dees defence in disarray.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at March 20th, 2004)


2003-04 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)24 38 - 105 -
Brent Sancho27 16 - 16 -
Jonay Hernández25 31 - 681
Lee Mair23 361702
Tom Hutchinson22 131261
David Mackay22 36 - 972
Neil Barrett22 9191
Sebastian Kneissl - 6161
Steven Robb22 121241
Mark Fotheringham20 234234
Nacho Novo24 37218030
Garry Brady (sub)27 35 - 681
Steven Milne (sub)23 13210819
Steve Lovell (sub)23 2025517






League Table (as at March 20th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.