Rangers 3
Dundee 1
League (Premier League)


Rangers 

3 - 1

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, September 27th, 2003
Ibrox Park
Attendance: 49,548
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Shota Arveladze (60)
Paolo Vanoli (86)
Shota Arveladze (89)
Nacho Novo (77)

Team Managers
Alex McLeish Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Stefan Klos
21. Maurice Ross
25. Henning Berg
15. Zurab Khizanishvili
18. Michael Ball
4. Moises Emerson
23. Mikel Arteta
20. Nuno Capucho
26. Peter Lovenkrands
10. Michael Mols
7. Shota Arveladze
Julian Speroni .1
David Mackay .3
Brent Sancho .18
Lee Mair .19
Lee Wilkie .6
Tom Cowan .23
Barry Smith .2
Gavin Rae .8
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Fabian Caballero .7
Nacho Novo .17

Bench
22. Allan McGregor
9. Egil Ostenstad
16. Paolo Vanoli
3. Craig Moore
27. Stephen Hughes
Jamie Langfield .12
Jonay Hernández .16
Tom Hutchinson .4
Mark Fotheringham .30
Juan Sara .9

Substitutions
Craig Moore for Henning Berg (46)
Paolo Vanoli for Peter Lövenkrands (71)
Stephen Hughes for Maurice Ross (77)
Juan Sara for Brent Sancho (53)
Tom Hutchinson for Nacho Novo (88)

Cautions
None. Lee Mair (67)
Gavin Rae (70)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Young (Referee)



Match Report


A fantastic late goal by substitute Paulo Vanoli deprived Dundee of a share of the points at Ibrox, The Italian's first time strike from nearly thirty yards matched Tom Cowan's goal of the previous week in being unstoppable and robbed Dundee of their just desserts from a match in which they had matched the champions all the way.

Jim Dutty introduced Brent Sancho in a holding midfield role with Tom Cowan and Fabian Caballero also reintroduced to the starting eleven. Caballero partnered red-hot Nacho Novo up front as Dundee made a bid to become the first side this season to get any reward from a match against Rangers, they came so close to achieving that ambition.

The match was slow to get going and it was quarter of an hour old before the first real chance came along Maurice Ross cut in from the right and led Shoto Arveladze who fired his shot high over to the relief of the Dundee defence. Dundee were soon matching Rangers for meaningful possession and Rae drove forward onto a Novo pass but was tackled before he could get a shot away and the ball rebounded off the midfield player and through to Klos.

Rangers two most dangerous players combined in 21 minutes with Arveladze feeding Emerson, who blasted over from 16 yards With seven minutes of the half remaining Nemsadze's delightful lofted ball saw Novo race away from Berg, but with Khizanishvili in hot pursuit, the Spaniard hit his shot early and Klos held it comfortably.

The home side hit straight back and Capucho fired in an angled drive which Speroni did well to block, Wilkie scrambled away the loose ball before Arveladze could pounce.

With half time imminent Rangers had two penalty appeals in a minute, but the excellent refereeing of Dundee's games that week continued with Willie Young waving away the demands of nearly 50,000 Ibrox punters.

Rangers came close again at the start of the second period when Arveladze had a fresh air shot after bursting clear and Dundee almost took advantage of the let off, breaking three on two with Rae's lung bursting surge upfield ending with a pass to Nemsadze. The Georgian's low shot was potent enough, but Klos again made the save look easy.

The match had improved vastly since the half time team talks, but Dundee were about to suffer a blow as Sancho went down as he tackled Arveladze on the comer of the penalty area. The Trinidad and Tobago international had been very impressive, breaking up much of Rangers play, but his involvement was over as he left the field with a tom abductor muscle. Juan Sara was his replacement, slotting in behind the strikers.

It was and to end now and Rangers had a chance after a great ball into the box from Capucho but Dundee again broke quickly with Novo's 25 yard snap shot being held by Klos at the second attempt.

Just before the hour later it was Rangers turn to break and Capucho's shot was blocked well by Mair. For the first time the home side had managed a few minutes of sustained pressure and it paid off as Emerson clipped a ball in to Mols, the Dutchman's headed lay off found Arveladze who fired a scissors kick into the roof of the net to give his side the lead.

The next couple of minutes saw Rangers press as they tried to reinforce their advantage, but Barry Smith came to the rescue with a brilliant block as Arteta fired in shot from ten yards.

It would require something special to get back rangers on level terms and Fabian Caballero certainly looked in the mood to provide it, he went on a great 30 yard run down the right and fired in an angled drive which brought the best from Klos as the German tipped the shot over.

Dundee were really pressing now and Klos pulled off the save of the season so far to deny Sara after the striker had met Caballero's cross with the perfect downward header from 12 yards. The home keeper had no business getting to Sara's effort and it really was a stunning save.

Fabian was beginning to show his quality all over the park and he dazzled again in 66 minutes, cutting in from the left and firing a 25 yard thunderbolt inches wide of the post.

Lee Mair and Gavin Rae picked up bookings in quick succession as the game entered the last quarter, but in 77 minutes Dundee were level, Georgi Nemsadze curled in a free kick from the left and Sara rose to send a fine header into the path of Novo six yards out with the striker sweeping the ball home.

Dundee had Rangers rattled and the away support were loving it, but Rangers aren't unbeaten in all competitions for nothing, and two minutes after the goal Smith again got in a fine block to deny Mols

The Dark Blues looked comfortable, but with five minutes to got they were beaten by a bolt from the blue. Arveladze picked out substitute Vanoli thirty yards from goal and his first-time left foot shot flew off his boot and into the postage stamp corner of the net. It may have been a strike fit to win any game, but it was cruel on a Dundee side who had shown again that they can play football at a high level Nacho Novo was struggling with tight call muscles after running his socks off again and Jim Duffy sent on Tom Hutchinson and deployed Lee Wilkie up front in a vain attempt to find a second equaliser. It was the obvious move, but Dundee were made to suffer as Capucho jinked down the right and curled a lovely cross onto the head of Arveladze, who finished with some expertise.

The final whistle brought disappointment for the Dens players and travelling fans but it was good to see former Dee Zura Khizanishvill stay on the field to applaud the Dundee support. It was obviously an emotional occasion for the youngster, and he'd turned in a performance with all his usual swagger and style. His actions at the final whistle too reinforced the view that he's a quality person as well as a quality performer

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at September 27th, 2003)


2003-04 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)24 10 - 77 -
Brent Sancho26 4 - 4 -
David Mackay22 8 - 692
Barry Smith29 1013203
Tom Cowan - 4141
Lee Wilkie23 1021005
Lee Mair22 10 - 441
Giorgi Nemsadze31 10 - 935
Gavin Rae25 10223725
Fabian Caballero25 7 - 10525
Nacho Novo24 1085317
Tom Hutchinson (sub)21 3 - 16 -
Juan Sara (sub)26 819935






League Table (as at September 27th, 2003)


No league table has been added for this season.