Dundee 0
Rangers 3
League (Premier League)

0 - 3

League (Premier League)
Saturday, November 2nd, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 10,124
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Bob Malcolm (30)
Peter Lövenkrands (50)
Craig Moore (79)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
Dick Advocaat

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
13. Zurab Khizanishvili
6. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
3. David Mackay
16. Jonay Hernández
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
26. Garry Brady
8. Gavin Rae
7. Fabian Caballero
17. Nacho Novo
Stefan Klos .1
Fernando Ricksen .2
Craig Moore .3
Arthur Numan .5
Bob Malcolm .12
Kevin Muscat .17
Barry Ferguson .6
Ronald de Boer .14
Mikel Arteta .23
Michael Mols .10
Peter Løvenkrands .26

1. Jamie Langfield
19. Lee Mair
11. Mark Robertson
14. Gavin Beith
9. Juan Sara
Allan McGregor .22
Bert Konterman .15
Stephen Hughes .27
Russell Latapy .20
Claudio Caniggia .7

Lee Mair for Giorgi Nemsadze (69)
Juan Sara for Nacho Novo (74)
Mark Robertson for Barry Smith (83)
Stephen Hughes for Arthur Numan (69)
Bert Konterman for Barry Ferguson (74)

None. Fernando Ricksen (60)

Red Cards
Zurab Khizanishvili (45)
Match Officials

Kenny Clark (Referee)
Stuart Logan & Francis Andrews (Assistants)
Ian Fyfe (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Rangers cantered to three points at Dens in the end with a win made somewhat easier by some poor defending of crosses from the Dees back line and the sending off of Zura Khizanishvili a minute before half time. The visitors led at that stage thanks to Robert Malcolm who had blasted the rebound home after Craig Moore's header on the half hour had come of the face of the crossbar.

In truth though, Dundee were unfortunate to be behind at that stage with Nacho Novo almost giving the Dark Blues the perfect start to the afternoon. He raced onto a pass down the left from Caballero and skinned Craig Moore before rounding keeper Klos and sliding the ball goalward - Moore had done fantastically well to recover though and raced back to clear the netbound shot.

There were other opportunities for both sides in an enthralling opening period, Speroni twice made fine saves, with his stop from Mols midway through the half being of particularly good quality. The nearest thing though came from Dundee as Brady's left footed cross on the run was met by Caballero who flicked a cute back heel off the base of the post.

The home side's chances evaporated as De Boer raced clear a minute before the interval, he was tracked back by Khizanishvili, but the Georgian struggled to get goal side and pulled the Dutch international over. Nobody could argue with the decision of the referee to send him off, but it ruined what had been a pretty good match up to that point.

The league leaders were two up five minutes after the break with Lovenkrands being allowed a free header and the defending was no better with thirteen minutes to go when a Moore header made sure the points were heading to Glasgow. Dundee were chasing shadows for much of the second half, but to their credit they did keep chasing and got forward whenever possible. Klos had a good save low at his post from Caballero's drive but Speroni was much the busier keeper and produced a top class block again to deny Moore.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at November 2nd, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 15 - 36 -
Barry Smith28 14 - 2811
Lee Wilkie22 15 - 631
Zurab Khizanishvili21 3 - 29 -
Jonay Hernández23 15 - 15 -
David Mackay21 15 - 331
Giorgi Nemsadze30 11 - 633
Gavin Rae24 14319821
Garry Brady26 7 - 7 -
Nacho Novo23 133133
Fabian Caballero24 1447020
Lee Mair (sub)21 7 - 7 -
Mark Robertson (sub)25 2 - 29 -
Juan Sara (sub)26 1428432

League Table (as at November 2nd, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Collecting seven points out of a possible nine points from our last three league games against Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and Hearts is an excellent return, especially as the last two were away from home.

Results like these are a testimony to the first class attitude and application of the players which, to be honest, has been the case all season.

Everyone is looking to help each other on and off the park and the end result is that we are capable of matching most of the other teams in the SPL.

As I said after last week's game at Tynecastle where we had players like Juan Sara, Giorgi Nemsadze and Zura Khizanishvili on the bench, but they were shouting encouragement throughout the game and, afterwards in the dressing room, there was a lot of back-slapping going on. That type of attitude is great and, to me, that was almost as important as the result last week.

The only blemish of late was the outcome of the CIS Cup tie at Partick because with the tremendous spirit in the dressing room, this was a competition in which I really believed we could do well in this season.

Whilst I did make a few tactical changes for the tie, but I still felt that it was the right team to take on Thistle and not only did we have our chances, but also should have had a penalty, but unfortunately went out to a late goal.

Having said that the players gave the perfect response after that set back at Firhill by the way that they tackled a tricky fixture at Tynecastle to get us back on a winning track with our first away win of the season.

And we need the confidence of that win to take into today's lunchtime date with Rangers who are currently playing some of the best football that I have seen by any Ibrox side.

They have so many technically very gifted players in their ranks, and with Barry Ferguson and Ronald de Boer pulling the strings, present a huge challenge for us.

Of one thing I am certain, we will have to be at our very, very best to take something from this game, but that is exactly what we will be aiming to do.