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Rangers hammer Dundee in twice-delayed contest

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Phillipe Clement continued his unbeaten start as Rangers manager with a dominant Scottish Premiership victory at Dundee in a game which started 45 minutes late and was then halted after flares were set off in the away end.

Traffic held up the Rangers team bus to delay kick off by 45 minutes, then two minutes into the match Rangers fans set off a sea of flares which engulfed Dens Park in smoke, setting off the fire alarm and forcing the players back off the pitch.

When play did resume 15 minutes later, Ryan Jack stabbed Rangers into an early lead after goalkeeper Trevor Carson spilled Danilo’s shot across his own goal.

Dundee kept themselves in touch for the rest of the half as Carson redeemed himself by denying Danilo from point-blank range, but the Brazilian striker would not be denied six minutes into the second half.

Neat passing by Scott Wright and Abdallah Sima teed him up to stroke in Rangers’ crucial second goal, and it was no surprise when third arrived.

Sam Lammers – who had gone 16 games without scoring – shifted the ball onto his left foot and smashed the ball into the net via the crossbar.

Then Cyriel Dessers finished well to add a controversial fourth, after referee Kevin Clancy appeared to accidentally impede Dundee midfielder Luke McCowan in the build up as he was about to receive the ball.

But the referee did not halt play and Rangers countered up the pitch, playing in Dessers who tucked the ball past Carson.

James Tavernier did likewise from the penalty spot after a VAR review spotted a foul by Lyall Cameron on the Rangers captain in the box.

That capped a powerful Rangers performance, and Clement’s side move back to five points behind leaders Celtic.

Player of the match – Danilo (Rangers)

Danilo appears to be getting better and better and could have had a hat-trick. His movement was excellent.

Danilo warming to Scottish football – analysis

This was an encouraging attacking display from Rangers. Danilo, Wright, Sima, and Lammers combined neatly in tight areas, something former manager Michael Beale had tried, but failed, to foster.

Danilo in particular looks like he is warming to Scottish football after a slow start, showing sharp movement in the box and eventually finding a good finish as well.

Rangers would still like him to be more ruthless with his chances, in particular when one-on-one with the goalkeeper as he put two efforts straight at Carson, but that may come in time.

And Lammers’ wonder strike could be transformational for his confidence after a 16-game drought.

It is still early days for Clement but this was as incisive and dominant as Rangers have been this season.

As for Dundee, Carson’s error put them on the back foot immediately which is exactly what teams want to avoid against the Old Firm.

They managed to put some pressure on Rangers in flurries, with goalkeeper Jack Butland denying Amadou Bakayoko twice after he fashioned a free header and pounced on a rebound from McCowan’s shot.

The attitude was good and they kept going, but in the second half it became a struggle. Still, this is only their third league defeat and the others came against Celtic and third-place St Mirren.

It’s been a solid start to life back in the Premiership for Tony Docherty’s side, who sit ninth in a tightly packed table.

What they said

Dundee manager Tony Docherty: “I want to make sure that never happens again. I was really disappointed – if you’re losing 2-0, keep it 2-0 don’t lose three, four, or five.

“I can’t be too hard on the boys because they have been fantastic. We’ve had healthy home form and we’ve been competitive in every match. Tonight, things just ran away from us.”

Rangers manager Phillipe Clement: “If you score five goals and had a lot of other chances and you kept a clean sheet – although Jack [Butland] saved us a few times – then you can be happy.

“I was not so satisfied after the first half. We did ok, but our tempo was too low and we were not ambitious enough to make the second goal.

“I’m much more satisfied with the second half. And players came back from injury like Ryan Jack and Leon Balogun. Everybody is starting to understand more and more what we want to do together.”

What’s next?

Dundee face Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday at Dens Park (14:00 GMT) while Rangers are at Hampden to play Hearts in the semi-final of the Viaplay Cup an hour later (15:00).



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 31Carson
  • 29Portales
  • 5ShaughnessyBooked at 24mins
  • 12LamieSubstituted forRuddenat 45′minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 25Donnelly
  • 28SyllaBooked at 19mins
  • 7TiffoneySubstituted forKerrat 45′minutes
  • 17McCowanSubstituted forCameronat 85′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23BoatengSubstituted forHowleyat 72′minutes
  • 3Beck
  • 9BakayokoSubstituted forPinedaat 79′minutes


  • 1Legzdins
  • 2Kerr
  • 6McGhee
  • 10Cameron
  • 11Pineda
  • 18Reilly
  • 19Robertson
  • 20Rudden
  • 21Howley


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 27BalogunBooked at 21mins
  • 3Yilmaz
  • 4Lundstram
  • 8JackSubstituted forCifuentesat 76′minutes
  • 23WrightSubstituted forMcCauslandat 85′minutes
  • 14LammersSubstituted forDowellat 85′minutes
  • 19SimaSubstituted forCantwellat 61′minutes
  • 99Pereira da SilvaSubstituted forDessersat 77′minutes


  • 9Dessers
  • 13Cantwell
  • 15Cifuentes
  • 20Dowell
  • 21Sterling
  • 28McCrorie
  • 31Barisic
  • 38King
  • 45McCausland

Kevin Clancy


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Player of the match



  1. Squad number29Player namePortales

  2. Squad number31Player nameCarson

  3. Squad number9Player nameBakayoko

  4. Squad number5Player nameShaughnessy

  5. Squad number12Player nameLamie

  6. Squad number7Player nameTiffoney

  7. Squad number2Player nameKerr

  8. Squad number20Player nameRudden

  9. Squad number23Player nameBoateng

  10. Squad number25Player nameDonnelly

  11. Squad number17Player nameMcCowan

  12. Squad number28Player nameSylla

  13. Squad number3Player nameBeck

  14. Squad number21Player nameHowley

  15. Squad number10Player nameCameron

  16. Squad number11Player namePineda


  1. Squad number99Player nameDanilo

  2. Squad number1Player nameButland

  3. Squad number27Player nameBalogun

  4. Squad number4Player nameLundstram

  5. Squad number8Player nameJack

  6. Squad number19Player nameSima

  7. Squad number9Player nameDessers

  8. Squad number3Player nameYilmaz

  9. Squad number6Player nameGoldson

  10. Squad number2Player nameTavernier

  11. Squad number23Player nameWright

  12. Squad number13Player nameCantwell

  13. Squad number14Player nameLammers

  14. Squad number45Player nameMcCausland

  15. Squad number15Player nameCifuentes

  16. Squad number20Player nameDowell

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