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Saturday, August 21, 1999 Published at 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK


Rangers on song for Europe



Rangers 4-1 Dundee United

Goals from Claudio Reyna, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Rod Wallace and Tony Vidmar continued Rangers' unbeaten run and sent United to their first defeat of the season.

After four games, Rangers have a three-point lead over Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. The Parkhead side snatched a 2-1 win with two minutes to go at Dundee.

Elsewhere in the SPL, Motherwell notched up their first league win of the season with a 1-0 win away at Kilmarnock, who have now lost their last three games.

St Johnstone and Hibernian drew 1-1 at Perth's McDiarmid Park.

Ibrox action

Rangers found their opponents initially hard to break down but after Reyna made the breakthrough there was only going to be one outcome.

Goalkeeper Lionel Charbonnier, who made his first competitive start in nine months for Rangers, was rarely tested.

He made one fine save from Billy Dodds in the second half, reacted quickly to punch away his effort.

The visitors' only consolation was Jason De Vos' 87th-minute strike.

Rangers manager Dick Advocaat left the ground early to take in Parma's Italian Super Cup game against AC Milan in Milan on Saturday night - and missed his side's final goal.

Parma preparation

He was flying out on chairman David Murray's private jet to get an assessment of their Champions League opponents.

Rangers go into the third qualifying round game holding a 2-0 advantage.


Rangers assistant coach Bert van Lingen: "Happy with result"
Assistant manager Bert van Lingen said: "United were very well organised. But we are improving and are now more controlled when we face opponents like that.

"I've seen United twice now and they organise themselves well and have good disciplined players."

It was United's first defeat of the season and manager Paul Sturrock was angry at the way they caved in, especially after beating Celtic 2-1 last Sunday.

Goals preventable

"If you watch TV you will see three of the goals could have been prevented," he said.

"When you play Rangers and Celtic you need self belief. I felt we had it against Celtic but not today.

"Our attitude wasn't right and we were punished. The one good thing is that it is a learning process for our young players.

"We brought on two strikers in the second half and tried to have a go but it just didn't work out for us."

Teams:

Rangers: Charbonnier, Porrini, Moore, Amoruso, Vidmar, Reyna, Ferguson, Van Bronckhorst, McCann, Mols, Wallace. Subs: Albertz, Niemi, Adamczuk, Johansson, Nicholson.

Dundee Utd: Combe, Pascual, De Vos, Jonsson, Partridge, Skoldmark, Easton, Hannah, Paterson, Thompson, Dodds. Subs: Gallacher, Davidson, Smith, Ferraz, Mathie.

Referee: Hugh Dallas





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