Rangers 0
Dundee 2
League (Premier League)


0 - 2


League (Premier League)
Wednesday, March 14th, 2001
Ibrox Park
Attendance: 45,035
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Claudio Caniggia (14)
Steven Milne (94)

Team Managers
Dick Advocaat Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Stefan Klos
3. Craig Moore
4. Lorenzo Amoruso
15. Bert Konterman
19. Scott Wilson
21. Sergio Porrini
36. Stephen Carson
6. Barry Ferguson
24 . Allan Johnston
31. Marcus Gayle
22. Tore André Flo
Marco Roccati .1
Chris Coyne .22
Barry Smith .2
Steven Tweed .6
Marcello Marrocco .4
Javier Artero .18
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Beto Garrido .36
Gavin Rae .14
Claudio Caniggia .33
Juan Sara .9

12. Bob Malcolm
35. Jani Kauppila
16. Billy Dodds
22 . Jesper Christiansen
. Peter Leven
Jamie Langfield .3
Walter Del Rio .26
Marco Russo .28
Mark Robertson .23
Steven Milne .15

Billy Dodds for Stephen Carson (46)
Bob Malcolm for Allan Johnston (50)
Jani Kauppila for Lorenzo Amoruso (84)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (86)
Walter Del Rio for Giorgi Nemsadze (90)

Scott Wilson (42)
Craig Moore (47)
Craig Moore (48)
Barry Ferguson (53)
Robert Malcolm
Claudio Caniggia (49)
Barry Smith (60)

Red Cards
Craig Moore (48) None.

Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Referee)

Match Report

DUlundee unexpectedly, but deservedly, revived their top six challenge with a stunning victory

over struggling Rangers last night. Just days after city neighbours United had sent the Ibrox side tumbling out of the Tennents Scottish Cup the Dees topped that achievement by dumping them on their own patch for the second time in 16 months.

Goals from Claudio Caniggia and Steven Milne secured Dundee only their fourth victory at the Govan ground since the inception of the Premier League and moved them into seventh place in the table.

Manager Ivano Bonetti dedicated the win to kit man Willle Dryden whose recent death was marked, along with that of former Rangers chairman John Paton, by the observing of a minute's silence before kick-off.

"This victory and every victory is for Willie," he said, "Everyone at the club is missing him although in a way it felt like he was here with us tonight.

"It was a good result and one we were worthy of because I felt we produced a little bit more than Rangers."

The evening's outstanding performance came from Scotland under-21 cap Gavin Rae and Bonetti insisted it would take a truly massive offer to prise him away from Dens.

"Gavin could go and play in Serie A now because he has everything but he is going to get even stronger,* he said.

"At this moment if any club offered six or seven million for him I would not take It. Peter and Jim (club owners Peter and Jimmy Marr) might want to but I would tell them to hold off because we will get £10 million later."

The defeat ended any slight chance Rangers had of retaining the title for leaders Celtic's success at Perth saw them open up a 16 point lead at the top. It also gave Hibs renewed hope in their quest to deprive the Light Blues of even a Champions League spot.

But boss Dick Advocaat-who saw Lorenzo Amoruso stretchered off with a knee injury which may end his season and Craig Moore red carded-was gracious enough to admit the Dark Blues merited the three points.

"Dundee deserved to win because they were the better side," he said.

Advocaat asserted that lack of confidence was contributing to Rangers' woes but would not be drawn on whether indiscipline Moore's dismissal following that of Bert Konterman in the cup tie was also a factor.

Moore was booked three minutes into the second-half for planting a forearm in the back of Juan Sara's head as they vied for the ball.

And when moments after play re-started he trod on Sara as the Argentinian lay on the touchline following another foul, Moore had no grounds for complaint over the decision of referee John Rowbotham to flash another yellow card then red.

Advocaat, whose body language trackside suggested he felt Rowbotham was anything but even handed in his officiating, would not comment on the issue of discipline though.

Marco Roccati very nearly sold the jerseys early on after Steven Carson found space between Javier Artero and Barry Smith to whip a cross low into the near post. Roccati should have claimed the ball with little trouble but he on his line and ended up juggling it into the air leaving Georgi Nemsadze to mop up at the expense of a corner.

But Roccati's embarrassment was nothing compared to that of opposite number Stefan Klos as Dundee took a surprise 14th minute lead.

The goal was wonderfully constructed, Nemsadze feeding Smith just inside the Rangers half, Smith playing a one-two with Artero before sprinting towards the box where, before taking the full brunt of a heavy Lorenzo Amoruso challenge, he played in Caniggia.

However, the finish owed a good deal to poor positioning on the part of Klos, who left just enough space between himself and his near post for Caniggia to lash home via the inside of the upright.

Carson might have levelled when he burst through on Roccati only to fire straight at the keeper who blocked with his legs and Roccati rescued the Dark Blues when cutting out a dangerous Tore Andre Flo cross after Chris Coyne had ruined his teams attempt to play offside.

But Dundee should have been further in front at the break for Sara shot straight at Klos when given the chance to do far better by an Artero cut-back and Gavin Rae squandered an even more clear cut opportunity when he sidefooted wide from five yards at the end of a terrific move involving Roccati, Smith, Artero and Caniggia whose final ball ought to have been stuck away.

With Rangers in the midst of re-organising after being left a man short, only a fine stop by Klos kept them in the game. A perfect through ball from Rae freed Caniggia to bear down on the German-but somehow, in spite of falling backwards, Klos managed to thrust out a hand and block the former World Cup stars attempt to settle the issue.

That save provided the home side with a platform from which to perhaps rescue a point-but Flo fired miles over from the edge of the box when promisingly placed and a downward Scott Wilson header from a Barry Ferguson cross which should have seriously troubled Roccati did not owing to its lacking any pace.

Sub Billy Dodds might have had a claim for a penalty when he went down in the area under a Steven Tweed challenge and just to emphasise that it was not going to be his or Rangers' night he subsequently wasted a decent opening by standing on the ball after a Flo knock down.

Although Rangers did most of the attacking during the latter stages Dundee might well have enhanced the scoreline when Artero burst into the box, drew Klos and rolled the ball across the face of goal where it failed to find a taker.

Then after a deflected Nemsadze shot just missed the target Caniggia flashed a header over the bar from the resulting corner, taken by the Georgian before, deep into stoppage time, substitutes Milne and Walter del Rio combined to embarrass Klos for a second time, the former squeezing in a back post header, from the latter's deep cross, which ought to have been kept out.

In addition to the dismissal of Moore, Rangers had Robert Malcolm (dumping Beto Garrido on the turf) and Scott Wilson (fouling Rae) booked. Caniggia (diving) and Smith (fouling Konterman) were also yellow-carded.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at March 14th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 21 - 21 -
Steven Tweed28 331834
Barry Smith27 35 - 2141
Chris Coyne22 16 - 16 -
Marcello Marrocco31 25 - 25 -
Gavin Rae23 29313311
Beto Garrido - 3 - 3 -
Giorgi Nemsadze28 331331
Javier Artero25 333424
Juan Sara24 29142914
Claudio Caniggia34 218218
Walter Del Rio (sub)24 4 - 4 -
Steven Milne (sub)20 194214

League Table (as at March 14th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.