Rangers 2 – 1 Dundee U

Rangers ended a three-game losing streak in all competitions with a 2-1 victory over Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League.

After heavy defeats against Celtic, Ajax and Napoli in the Scottish Premier League and Champions League respectively, the pressure increased on Giovanni van Bronckhorst and his team, but they made a perfect start against Dundee United thanks to a low shot from Antonio Colak (8). ).

Rangers controlled the ball for long periods of the first half, but they failed to consolidate their lead until the start of the second half, and Kulak converted Borna Barisic’s cross to double the home side’s advantage.

Liam Smith scored a goal for the visitors in the 59th minute, creating a tense end to the match for Rangers, but Van Bronckhorst’s side maintained a much-needed victory.

The win makes Rangers cut the difference against leaders Celtic to two points before Ancı Postoğlu’s match against St Mirren, which is being broadcasted live. Sky Sports Sunday (12 noon). Meanwhile, Dundee United, despite their lively display at Ibrox, have remained at the bottom of the list and haven’t scored a win so far this season.

How Rangers got back into their winning ways…

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Antonio Colak of Rangers celebrates their 1-0 win

United, once again under interim boss Liam Fox, are still chasing their first league win of the season but will be encouraged by aspects of their playing.

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Alan McGregor remained in goal with John McLaughlin injured, but Colac took over from Alfredo Morelos, with 18-year-old Leon King for James Sands and 20-year-old midfielder Charlie McCann on his first start in the league.

Veteran striker Stephen Fletcher was absent from the visiting squad due to a groin complaint and was replaced by former Jersey player Glenn Middleton.

Although Jerez’s performance against Napoli improved in the middle of the week, a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Ibrox meant 11 goals conceded and none conceded in three games, so anything other than a win over the Taysiders was an order. unimaginable.

Before the match, some Dundee United fans cut a minute’s silence for the Queen, which led to some rancor. Some cheers could be heard from the corner of the stadium, which contained several hundred Terrors fans.

Dundee United’s statement on a minute’s silence at Ibrox:

“Dundee United are aware of the actions of a small section of the public who chose not to respect the minute of silence prior to this afternoon’s match at Ibrox.

“As a club, we communicated before the match to inform our fans of the pre-match arrangements with the expectation of a minute of silence.”

Rangers bombarded United’s defense from the start and Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield missed two chances before Colak, who was celebrating his 29th birthday, scored.

Skipper James Tavernier took the lead after stealing Ian Harkes and was chosen as the striker, who touched the box before United goalkeeper Carlijohan Eriksson crossed his eighth goal of the season.

The expected attack did not materialize.

Andy Murray in attendance at Ibrox to watch the Rangers game against Dundee United
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Andy Murray was at Ibrox to watch the Rangers game against Dundee United

United returned to the game but Arfield missed another opportunity when played by Ryan Jack, fouling the goal with his drive from 16 yards.

Team Tannadice once again incensed the home crowd and McGregor used his foot to stop Middleton’s right-hand drive.

There was a call for a United penalty early in the second half when striker Tony Watt fell under pressure from Jers left back Borna Parisic but referee Kevin Clancy took no action.

Then Barisic participated in the second goal of Geres, and a cross fell from the left into the goal near Colak.

However, moments after Sadat replaced Anako for Middleton, United’s substitute was involved in gearing up for their goal as Jimmy McGrath played in Smith, whose low shot came from McGregor and flew high into the net.

GLASCOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Dundee United celebrates Liam Smith (right) pulling off the goal to make it 2-1 during a Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee United at Ibrox Stadium, on September 17, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)
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Liam Smith (right) of Dundee United celebrates the goal being drawn

Concern took over Ibrox and the groans were not at all far off as fans recalled the ease Celtic won 9-0 at Tanades last month.

Van Bronckhorst took action and Arfield and Jack were replaced by Scott Wright and Malik Tillman in the 69th minute, and as play continued, Ericsson made a save from both newcomers, but Rangers were happy to hear the final whistle.

What did the managers say…

Rangers Manager Giovanni van Broncourt: “It’s a big win after the tough weeks we’ve been through. The result today was the most important thing.

“It should have been more comfortable. We started really well and scored early. We need to learn to finish games early. That’s something we need to do better. It cost us some times last season.

“It is good to go into the international break with a win, and now we can give the players a rest to recharge their energy for a series of challenging and demanding matches.

“It was good to give Leon (King) and Charlie (McCann) minutes. I think they both deserve it and I’m happy with the way they contributed.”

Dundee temporary coach Liam Fox“I couldn’t ask for more from the players in terms of behavior and application and there were some good things there, but we lost the match so my overwhelming feeling is disappointment.

“You always fear the worst when you go down 2-0 in a place like this but the players stood up, showed their character and pushed us to the end.”

Major improvements are required for Rangers

Rangers'  Antonio Colak celebrates scoring to make it 2-0
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Rangers’ Antonio Colak celebrates scoring to make it 2-0

Former Rangers striker Chris Boyd on Saturday:

“At this point they are [do look a million miles away from the title]. Celtic looks more slender.

“Rangers, for whatever reason, are coming up early, and you’d expect at Ibrox, with the fans behind them, to push and go and crash Dundee United, but it wasn’t.

“All credit to Dundee United for that and they have some late chances as well.

“For Rangers at the moment, it’s a victory, and that’s what they need, but big, big improvements are needed.”

Kulak: The celebration is a message to the fans who booed during a minute of silence

Antonio Colak revealed a ‘silence’ gesture to Dundee United fans after scoring his first brace in Rangers’ 2-1 win over Ibrox, in response to their disruption of a minute’s silence in memory of the Queen.

“We were silent at the start of the match because we know why,” Colak said.

“It’s all about respect.

“It was my feelings because the whole crowd, 50,000 in the stadium, had that respect but some people didn’t have that.

“It was just a moment and everyone should understand it.”

What’s Next?

Rangers will return from the international layover with a trip to Hearts on October 1, live Sky Sports. Departure at 12:30 pm.

Dundee United hosts St Johnston on the same day. That match starts at 3 pm.