Dundee 0
Rangers 3
Scottish Cup (Quarter Final)

0 - 3

Scottish Cup (Quarter Final)
Sunday, March 13th, 2022
Kilmac Stadium
Attendance: 5,536
4:00 PM Kick-off

None. Connor Goldson (9)
James Tavernier (pen.) (25)
Fashion Sakala (87)

Team Managers
Mark McGhee
Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Starting Eleven
30. Harrison Sharp
14. Lee Ashcroft
2. Cammy Kerr
3. Jordan Marshall
6. Jordan McGhee
5. Ryan Sweeney
24. Max Anderson
10. Paul McGowan
77. Niall McGinn
18. Paul McMullan
9. Danny Mullen
Jon McLaughlin .33
James Tavernier .2
Calvin Bassey .3
Filip Helander .5
Connor Goldson .6
Ryan Jack .8
Aaron Ramsey .16
Glen Kamara .18
James Sands .19
Ryan Kent .14
Alfredo Morelos .20

21. Ian Lawlor
22. Vontae Daley-Campbell
16. Christie Elliott
4. Liam Fontaine
35. Zeno Ibsen Rossi
8. Shaun Byrne
12. Jay Chapman
11. Declan McDaid
15. Josh Mulligan
19. Finlay Robertson
17. Luke McCowan
Allan McGregor .1
Charlie McCann .42
Alex Lowry .51
Amad Diallo .9
Kemar Roofe .25
Fashion Sakala .30
Mateusz ?ukowski .22
Leon Balogun .26
Borna Bariši? .31
Leon King .61
Scott Wright .23

Vontae Daley-Campbell for Lee Ashcroft (44)
Luke McCowan for Niall McGinn (60)
Shaun Byrne for Paul McMullan (61)
Declan McDaid for Jordan Marshall (77)
Kemar Roofe for Alfredo Morelos (46)
Fashion Sakala for Glen Kamara (46)
Amad Diallo for Ryan Kent (67)
Charlie McCann for Aaron Ramsey (79)
Alex Lowry for Ryan Jack (86)

Danny Mullen (24)
Cammy Kerr (54)
Ryan Sweeney (89)
Calvin Bassey (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Referee: Steven McLean (Referee)
Alan Mulvanny & Andy Milne (Assistants)
Don Robertson (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee went down to a 3-0 defeat in the Scottish Cup quarter final against Rangers at the Kilmac Stadium this afternoon. Connor Goldson gave Rangers an early lead and a highly controversial James Tavernier penalty made it 2-0 midway through the first half. Dundee were second best throughout and Rangers cruised to victory in the second half with Fashion Sakala adding a late third.

Rangers took charge from the kick-off and the Dark Blues found it impossible to get into the game. Harrison Sharp did well to keep a wildly sliced clearance from Cammy Kerr going out for a corner. Strangely referee Steven McLean decided that was a passback and awarded Rangers an indirect free kick in a dangerous position to the right of goal. Cammy Kerr cleared when the kick was taken.

Dundee had to contain Rangers’ opening charge, but conceded a poor goal from a corner after nine minutes. Fil Helander was not picked up at a corner. Lee Ashcroft pulled off an amazing clearance from the header, hooking the ball off the goalline onto the crossbar, but Connor GOLDSON battered the rebound home.

The pressure on the Dee goal was relentless and Alfredo Morelos went close from 18 yards after a Glen Kamara lay off. Harrison Sharp had to be in fine form in goal, and he saved well from Aaron Ramsey’s low shot.

Dundee struggled to force Rangers’ goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin into action, but the Dark Blues did go close with Lee Ashcroft’s header from a Niall McGinn free kick.

The referee’s decision to award Rangers an indirect free kick in the penalty area may have been surprising that was nothing compared to the controversial penalty award that gave the visitors a second goal after 25 minutes.

James TAVERNIER ran into Ryan Sweeney in the penalty area, fell over, and picked himself up to score from the penalty that he was charitably given.

It might have been an unjust decision, but the scoreline accurately reflected Rangers’ dominance.

Dundee only put together one fluent attack in the first half. Max Anderson and Paul McMullan combined well to give Cammy Kerr the chance to cross. Anderson’s shot was blocked for a corner.

That was only a brief respite from Rangers’ constant attacking. Morelos twice failed to take advantage of dangerous crosses from Tavernier. He mishit the first and headed too high from the second.

A bad afternoon for the Dee got worse shortly late in the first half when Lee Ashcroft went down clutching his hamstring. Vontae Daley-Campbell replaced him, playing at right back, with Cammy Kerr moving to centre back where he was joined by Jordan McGhee dropping back from midfield.

The first half was hard going for the Dark Blues, and the second half brought no more joy.

Five minutes after the restart Danny Mullen had a volley deflected wide after good play on the right by Paul McMullan. That was the end of Dundee’s attacking threat. From then on the Dee were forced to defend with Rangers pushing for a third goal.

Harrison Sharp did well to stand up to the onslaught, making fine saves from substitutes Fashion Sakala twice and from Kemar Roofe. Ryan Sweeney kept the score down with two clearamce off the line. Sweeney did slip up when he lost possession to Roofe. Sakala should have scored from the resulting cross, but he skied his shot deep into the Bobby Cox Stand.

After 87 minutes Rangers finally scored the goal that seemed inevitable. Substitute Alex Lowry ran through the middle and set up SAKALA to score with a low shot across Sharp.

Rangers were hot favourites to win this Scottish Cup quarter final tie, but the ease with which they brushed the Dee aside was disappointing. At no stage were the Dark Blues in contention and the outcome was never in doubt after Rangers scored their second goal.

The only positive for the Dee was Harrison Sharp’s performance in goal. The young keeper could not be blamed for any of the goals and did well to keep the score down. Apart from being knocked out of the cup the injury to Lee Ashcroft was an additional disappointment which put the lid on an unhappy afternoon for Dundee. The Dark Blues must now focus on the league, and the next match will see the return of Rangers to the Kilmac Stadium next Sunday. It will not be easy.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at March 13th, 2022)

2021-22 All Time
Harrison Sharp (GK)20 3 - 4 -
Lee Ashcroft28 222559
Cammy Kerr26 33 - 2144
Jordan Marshall25 27 - 821
Jordan McGhee25 33 - 857
Ryan Sweeney24 303303
Max Anderson20 331605
Paul McGowan34 30228220
Niall McGinn35 101101
Paul McMullan26 363563
Danny Mullen27 2355713
Vontae Daley-Campbell (sub)20 8 - 8 -
Shaun Byrne (sub)28 24 - 85 -
Declan McDaid (sub)26 9 - 684
Luke McCowan (sub)24 305305

League Table (as at March 13th, 2022)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.