Rangers 3
Dundee 1
League (Premiership)


Rangers 

3 - 1

Dundee


League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 9th, 2023
Ibrox Stadium
Attendance: 47,229
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Cyriel Dessers (20)
James Tavernier (pen.) (26)
James Tavernier (34)
Amadou Bakayoko (5)

Team Managers
Philippe Clement Tony Docherty

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Butland
2. James Tavernier
5. John Souttar
27. Leon Balogun
31. Borna Bariši?
4. John Lundstram
13. Todd Cantwell
15. José Cifuentes
9. Cyriel Dessers
17. Rabbi Matondo
19. Abdallah Sima
Trevor Carson .31
Joe Shaughnessy .5
Antonio Portales .29
Jordan McGhee .6
Ricki Lamie .12
Aaron Donnelly .25
Lyall Cameron .10
Malachi Boateng .23
Zak Rudden .24
Luke McCowan .17
Amadou Bakayoko .9

Bench
28. Robbie McCrorie
21. Dujon Sterling
38. Leon King
25. Kemar Roofe
54. Ross McCausland
3. R?dvan Y?lmaz
6. Connor Goldson
26. Ben Davies
14. Sam Lammers
Adam Legzdins .1
Lee Ashcroft .14
Cammy Kerr .2
Josh Mulligan .15
Charlie Reilly .18
Finlay Robertson .19
Mo Sylla .28
Zach Robinson .16
Scott Tiffoney .7

Substitutions
Ross McCausland for Rabbi Matondo (46)
Dujon Sterling for Todd Cantwell (46)
Kemar Roofe for Cyriel Dessers (72)
Leon King for John Lundstram (89)
Charlie Reilly for Zak Rudden (51)
Scott Tiffoney for Aaron Donnelly (51)
Zach Robinson for Amadou Bakayoko (69)

Cautions
Borna Barisic (59) Jordan McGhee (76)
Ricki Lamie (90)
Luke McCowan (95)

Red Cards
José Cifuentes (45) None.

Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)
David Roome & John McCrossan (Assistants)
Alan Muir (Fourth Official)





Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee went down to a 3-1 defeat against Rangers at Ibrox this afternoon. Amadou Bakayoko gave the travelling support hope with an early goal, but Rangers fought back strongly to score three goals before half time. Cyriel Dessers equalised and a few minutes later Tavernier put Rangers ahead from the penalty spot following a VAR review. Abdallah Sima made it three, before Jose Cifuentes was red carded after another VAR review on the stroke of half time. With an extra man Dundee improved in the second half, enjoying the majority of possession, but Rangers held onto their lead.

The Dark Blues’ only change from the team that drew at Motherwell was Ricki Lamie returning at centre back with Aaron Donnelly moving to left wing back to replace the injured Owen Beck.

Rangers attacked with intensity from the start and had the first shot on target after only 14 seconds. Trevor Carson took Jose Cifuentes’ 20 yard effort comfortably. However, the Dee were first to offer a real threat and took an early lead.

Lyall Cameron dribbled clear of two defenders but Jack Butland pulled off a fine save to turn the shot round the post. Cameron took the corner, a deep delivery. Lamie headed into the goalmouth and Amadou BAKAYOKO tucked the chance away from close range with only five minutes gone.

From then on Dundee were forced back and defended in depth, surrendering the midfield. Rangers’ speed of movement and passing continually found space in the final third and pulled Dee defenders out of position.

It was no surprise when Rangers equalised after 20 minutes. A deep cross was going nowhere but was only half cleared. The ball broke to Cyriel DESSERS, who hammered a ferocious cross shot into the top corner from 15 yards.

Two minutes later Abdallah Sima got round Antonio Portales on the outside and Carson pushed the shot out for a corner. After the corner was cleared there was a lengthy VAR review which established that Aaron Donnelly had pulled Sima’s shirt. Aaron Donnelly received a yellow card for the foul on Sima. James TAVERNIER scored from the resulting penalty.

Antonio Portales was injured in the lead up to the corner and was replaced by Cammy Kerr, who went to right back with Jordan McGhee switching to centre back.

After 34 minutes a difficult afternoon for the Dark Blues got even harder when Abdallah SIMA powered in a header from a corner to make it 3-1. It might have been even worse as the Dee endured a horribly uncomfortable close to the first half. Carson had to save in quick succession from Sima and Todd Cantwell before Tavernier sent a chip against the crossbar. Cantwell did net shortly afterwards, but the goal was ruled out for a foul in the build up.

The Dark Blues got an unexpected break when Rangers were reduced to 10 men in first half injury time. Jose Cifuentes received a yellow card for a foul on Bakayoko but it was changed to a red following a VAR review.

Rangers reorganised at half time, sending on Dujon Sterling and Ross McCausland for Cantwell and Rabbi Matondo. Dundee also made two changes early in the second half. Scott Tiffoney and Charlie Reilly came on for Aaron Donnelly and Zak Rudden. Cammy Kerr moved to left back and Jordan McGhee replaced him at right back. Dundee were now lining up 4-3-3, with Tiffoney and Reilly the wide attacking players.

The Dark Blues improved greatly after half time and enjoyed far more possession. They played some nice football in midfield and approaching the Rangers penalty area. However, none of it resulted in good chances or Butland having to make any taxing saves.

Kerr was chopped down a foot outside Rangers’ penalty area. Luke McCowan and Cameron worked a short free kick before McCowan drilled a low shot narrowly wide.

Cameron almost had a golden chance, but John Souttar stretched to knock the ball over his own bar before the midfielder could shoot.

With less of the play and none of the potent fluent attacking we saw in the first half Rangers still created more danger than Dundee managed in the second half. Joe Shaughnessy was caught in possession twice, but Sima shot wide the first time it happened, and Dessers dithered until the chance was lost on the second occasion.

Leon Balogun had a scuffed shot cleared off the line in a scramble following a free kick. Sterling hit the post with a fierce rising shot from 20 yards as the game was entering injury time.

Apart from that the second half was largely spent with Dundee attacking but unable to break Rangers down. The home defence did have several uncomfortable moments, but they were always able to recover.

Late in the first half there was a clear danger that Rangers might run away with the game. Dundee used their extra man well to keep the ball and control the game for most of the second half, but Rangers were alway comfortable sitting on their two goal lead. They never looked in danger of being caught out by a Dee fightback. Dundee’s midfield and defence was much more comfortable and composed in the second half, but by then the game was gone.

Dundee have played worse at Ibrox in recent years, but today they weren’t good enough to take anything from the game.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at December 9th, 2023)


2023-24 All Time
Age
Trevor Carson (GK)35 14 - 14 -
Joe Shaughnessy30 192192
Antonio Portales27 12 - 12 -
Jordan McGhee27 15 - 14411
Ricki Lamie30 101101
Aaron Donnelly20 5 - 5 -
Lyall Cameron21 1625816
Malachi Boateng21 19 - 19 -
Zak Rudden23 1435412
Luke McCowan26 1829417
Amadou Bakayoko27 164164
Charlie Reilly (sub)22 4 - 4 -
Scott Tiffoney (sub)25 141141
Zach Robinson (sub)21 1454718






League Table (as at December 9th, 2023)


Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.