Dundee 0
Rangers 0
League (Premier League)

0 - 0

League (Premier League)
Saturday, December 1st, 2001
Dens Park
Attendance: 11,085
5:35 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Dick Advocaat

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie Langfield
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
24. David Mackay
2. Barry Smith
31. Fan Zhiyi
5. Beto Carranza
6. Temur Ketsbaia
8. Gavin Rae
32. Kiko Torres
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Stefan Klos .1
Bert Konterman .
Craig Moore .3
Michael Ball .18
Arthur Numan .5
Maurice Ross .21
Barry Ferguson .6
Claudio Reyna .12
Claudio Caniggia .7
Shota Arveladze .24
Tore André Flo .9

12. Julian Speroni
18. Javier Artero
3. Lucas Gatti
11. Mark Robertson
15. Steven Milne
Jesper Christiansen .22
Ronald de Boer .14
Michael Mols .10
Peter Løvenkrands .26
Tony Vidmar .25

Javier Artero for Fabian Caballero (60)
Steven Milne for Juan Sara (77)
Mark Robertson for Beto Carranza (79)
Peter Lövenkrands for Arthur Numan (68)
Ronald de Boer for Claudio Caniggia (83)
Michael Mols for Tore André Flo (83)

Gavin Rae (73)
Craig Moore (68)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Douglas McDonald (Referee)
Jim McBride & Roddy Cobb (Assistants)
Steve Conroy (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Rangers dropped another two points at Dens Park last night. Now it will truly require a miracle if they are to catch Celtic.

Dundee goalkeeper Jamie Langfield produced an acrobatic save to tip a Michael Mols header round the post from a Ronald de Boer cross in the last minute. However, an away win would have been cruel on Dundee.

Although Rangers finished the stronger, it was Dundee who produced most of the memorable moments in this intriguing encounter.

In the end, even the most die-hard fan could not complain about a share of the spoils.

The action was fast and furious as you would expect. There were some golden moments, too. For the first hour, Dundee's clever thoughtful build-up meant Rangers were continually on the back foot.

However, the home side could not produce the killer blow when they were on top.

In the first half, they constantly caught Rangers on the turn and had two strong penalty claims rejected. Firstly, when Michael Ball made a last-ditch challenge on Fabian Caballero, then when Bert Konterman appeared to push Juan Sara going for Caballero's cross after the Argentinian had rounded Rangers keeper Stefan Klos.

On both occasions, referee McDonald ruled in Rangers' favour and television evidence backed him up. This did not stop Arthur Numan and Konterman exchanging angry words as Rangers were torn apart in the early stages.

In fairness to the visitors, their back three of Craig Moore, Konterman and Ball gradually got to grips and defended resolutely.

The longer the game went on the stronger they got and, in the end, were too good for Dundee.

Rangers made a real go of trying to win all three points after withstanding everything Dundee could throw at them.

Gradually, Claudio Reyna and Barry Ferguson got a toe-hold in midfield.

This allowed former Dundee favourite Claudio Caniggia enough of the ball to run at Dens skipper Barry Smith, playing out of position at left-back.

In fact, Rangers' best chances came from Caniggia's crosses. Firstly, Langfield mishandled one, but Reyna blasted carelessly over.

Then, from a similar incident, young Dave Mackay showed maturity beyond his years to prevent Flo getting a touch at the far post.

Dundee's defence has been vulnerable all season, but the return of Chinese skipper Fan Zhiyi, who formed a superb understanding with Zurab Khizanishvili, meant this was Dundee's first clean sheet in 107 games.

Apart from their central defenders, Carranza and Caballero were also outstanding. After losing to Celtic last Sunday, this was the last result Rangers needed.

But truth be told, a draw was all they deserved. After a sluggish start, the visitors finished well, but this was not enough.

Rangers were best served by Klos. Konterman, Reyna and Caniggia.

Rangers will have to show much more aggression in midfield if they are to win in Paris on Thursday. Whilst some of their football is pleasing to the eye, they lack old-fashioned aggression.

A Continental approach is all very well, but a bit of Scottish devilment would not go amiss, either.

In a game played in the proper spirit, there were only two bookings, and even they were debatable. Rae was yellowed-carded for a foul on Ferguson and Moore followed him for a foul on Carranza. On both occasions the victims appeared to win the ball.

Match report written by Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at December 1st, 2001)

2001-02 All Time
Jamie Langfield (GK)21 21 - 35 -
Zurab Khizanishvili20 19 - 25 -
David Mackay20 5151
Barry Smith27 21 - 2421
Fan Zhiyi32 2 - 2 -
Beto Carranza29 151414
Temur Ketsbaia33 7171
Gavin Rae24 21316315
Kiko Torres26 1 - 1 -
Fabian Caballero23 1753413
Juan Sara25 1655222
Mark Robertson (sub)24 14 - 19 -
Javier Artero (sub)26 6 - 554
Steven Milne (sub)21 213477

League Table (as at December 1st, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Once again last week's match against Hearts highlighted the inconsistencies, which are plaguing us this term.

It really was a game of two halves from our point of view. We started the match slowly and were lazy with not sufficient commitment being shown.

At the interval I changed the system a bit and I really enjoyed, as I am sure you did to, the way that we played in the second period.

But having said that, a change in tactics shouldn't have any bearing on things because we should be trying to play the same football on the pitch all the time.

I don't know why we can't do that for ninety minutes.

The reason we trailed at the break was more down to us than any problems our opponents posed, but we did well to come from behind and hopefully, we can look forward to seeing more of the type of football we played in the second half last week than what was on offer in the first!

One factor for our inconsistency is the continual chopping and changing I have been forced into making and that, unfortunately is again the case today.

Massimo Beghetto is definitely out with a groin strain and Beto Garrido is also sidelined.

On a more positive note, we welcome back Fan Zhiyi after playing for Shanghai in the Chinese National games, which is as well because Zura Khizanishvili has an injury problem I don't know if he will definitely make it, whilst Walter del Rio is still suspended.

Meanwhile, and again on a more positive note, Enrique Torres will definitely be in the squad and in line to be included in a playmakers role against Rangers.

And their visit is always one we look forward to because it is always a big occasion, and, of course, we are welcoming Claudio Caniggia back to Dens for the first time since his move to Glasgow.

Certainly, in the games in which I have been involved against them, we have always given a good account of ourselves in what have been very entertaining matches.

On this occasion, however, I would like to see us not just compete and play good football, but also get the result which would hoist us up the tightly packed middle order of the league table.

Given the quality of players in Rangers ranks, we know that won't be easy, but then, we too are not short of talented players, and provided we carry on from where we left off at the end of last week's game against Hearts, getting that long overdue home win over Rangers is far from beyond us.