Rangers 2
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)


Rangers 

2 - 1

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, February 2nd, 2002
Ibrox Park
Attendance: 48,861
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Shota Arveladze (73)
Craig Moore (76)
Gavin Rae (70)

Team Managers
Dick Advocaat Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Stefan Klos
2. Fernando Ricksen
3. Craig Moore
4. Lorenzo Amoruso
25. Tony Vidmar
6. Barry Ferguson
27. Stephen Hughes
7. Claudio Caniggia
9. Tore André Flo
24. Shota Arveladze
26. Peter Løvenkrands
Julian Speroni .12
Walter Del Rio .17
David Mackay .24
Barry Smith .2
Fan Zhiyi .31
Beto Carranza .5
Temur Ketsbaia .6
Gavin Rae .8
Alessandro Romano .21
Kiko Torres .32
Fabian Caballero .7

Bench
22. Allan McGregor
5. Arthur Numan
11. Neil McCann
15. Bert Konterman
16. Billy Dodds
Jamie Langfield .1
Javier Artero .18
Mark Robertson .11
Khaled Kemas .28
Steven Milne .15

Substitutions
Arthur Numan for Shota Arveladze (78)
Neil McCann for Claudio Caniggia (85)
Khaled Kemas for Alessandro Romano (46)
Steven Milne for Fabian Caballero (60)
Javier Artero for Temur Ketsbaia (71)

Cautions
None. Walter Del Rio (74)
Barry Smith (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stuart Dougall (Referee)



Match Report


Defeat is never easy to take, but there were vastly encouraging signs that Dundee are on the way back after this match at Ibrox. Dundee had firmed up the defence in recent weeks, but seemingly at the expense of the entertaining football played in the early days of the Bonetti Revolution - they showed here that they can mix the two.

The Dees started with a back four rather than the more recently favoured three and Barry Smith lined up directly against Claudio Caniggia at left back exactly as he had in the 0-0 December match at Dens. Fabian Caballero was alone up front but it took only seconds for the midfield to show that they were more than willing to get forward and support him.

With forty seconds on the clock Caballero's delightful ball set 'Kiko' free down the right and his low ball into the box found Gavin Rae arriving at pace, the Scotland man got the ball stuck between his legs and the defence managed to clear it as far as the edge of the box, only to see Ketsbaia pick up the loose ball and whack a thunderous shot off the junction of post and bar - the rebound fell to 'Kiko' and Klos did well to palm away his low on target shot.

It was a taste of things to come as both sides served up end-to-end stuff which would have provided a barrow-load of goals if both keepers hadn't been in red-hot form.

Just a minute and a half after Ketsbaia's strike it was Speroni's turn to produce the first of a string of fine saves, blocking Flo's effort after the striker had been sent 'one on one' with the keeper by a fine ball from Ferguson. Speroni was in spectacular form and had another chance to demonstrate his quality when Amoruso rose to head powerfully goalward on the quarter hour, the Argentine custodian flying to his left to fingertip the attempt away.

Dundee weren't by any means outplayed and Caballero's wonderful flick in 21 minutes gave Ketsbaia room just outside the box - his strike was sweet and forced Klos into making perhaps the pick of the afternoon's saves as he clawed it over at full stretch.

Rangers seemed certain to score on the half hour when Flo flicked a ball inside to the unmarked Arveladze five yards out, but the Georgian hit his shot in the only part of the goal that the covering Dave Mackay had a chance of getting to, and the youngster saved the jerseys with a invaluable block.

Seven minutes later Ketsbaia came close to scoring the goal of a lifetime when he dribbled from the half way line to the edge of the box with a trail of baffled home defenders in his wake. From eighteen yards he rattled in a superb shot, which Klos did superbly well to parry, only to surpass that save with another even better stop from Temuri's follow-up volley.

Ivano sprung a surprise at the start of the second half switching to 4-4-2 with Kemas on for Romano and he had the first real chance of the second period in 57 minutes, Caballero's flick finding him in space 20 yards out, but the Frenchman snatched at the effort and it trickled harmlessly wide.

Just after the hour it was Speroni to the rescue as Arveladze robbed Ketsbaia and curled a great ball to Lovenkrands, the Dane rocketed in a shot but the keeper pulled off another great save. Rangers nearly took the lead in 69 minutes when Arveladze showed great skill on the edge of the box to work his way clear but Speroni was out quickly to smother.

Second's later the deadlock was broken, but at the other end. Beto Carranza put in a brilliant tackle on Lovenkrands and came away with the ball, looking up he spotted the run of sub Milne and fired a lovely long ball forward. Savo bustled his way past Amoruso and into the box when he slid the ball past Klos, It was also going past the post but Gavin Rae followed up to net and sent the Dundee support, and especially those who had backed him for first goal at 33-1, into ecstasy.

Dundee celebrations were short-lived, however, as Rangers hit back within three minutes. Flo hit a shot through a forest of legs and Speroni did well to parry it, but Arveladze, following up, squeezed home the loose ball from the tightest of angles.

The roof fell in as far as tangible reward from this game was concerned soon afterwards when a Ricksen free-kick from the left found the head of Craig Moore and he sent an unstoppable header into the top corner of the net.

Although Ivano pushed Fan up front to try to force a draw and Rangers looked nervy in the closing stages, there wasn't another real chance and for all the improvement in performance on recent weeks, Dundee left empty handed.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at February 2nd, 2002)


2001-02 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)22 7 - 7 -
Walter Del Rio25 28 - 37 -
David Mackay20 9191
Barry Smith27 32 - 2531
Fan Zhiyi32 133133
Beto Carranza29 241504
Temur Ketsbaia33 162162
Gavin Rae24 28517017
Alessandro Romano32 23 - 42 -
Kiko Torres26 101101
Fabian Caballero24 2754413
Javier Artero (sub)26 16 - 654
Steven Milne (sub)21 284548
Khaled Kemas (sub) - 6161






League Table (as at February 2nd, 2002)


No league table has been added for this season.