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Sunday, 28 November, 1999, 16:12 GMT
Rae stuns Ibrox
Rangers squandered half a dozen chances before Wallace's equaliser

Rangers 1-2 Dundee

Gavin Rae rocked Ibrox with a stoppage-time winner as Dundee inflicted the first defeat of the season on Glasgow giants Rangers.

53: Albertz misses a penalty for Rangers
Match facts
13: Ireland gives Dundee a surprise 1-0 lead
70: Wallace's equaliser settles Rangers' nerve
90: Rae snatches a dramatic winner
The early afternoon defeat gave Celtic the chance to move to within one point of their arch-rivals by defeating Motherwell in the evening game.

But thankfully for Rangers, Motherwell won 3-2 and the damage was limited.

Rangers had a penalty saved and squandered a hatful of chances as battling Dundee refused to give up despite being at times outplayed, although never outfought.

On-loan centre-half Craig Ireland proved he has the desire to make it in the Premier League when he shocked Ibrox with a surprise goal inside the opening quarter of an hour.

Persuasive powers

Ireland, hoping for a 50,000 permanent move from Dunfermline, rose unmarked at the back post to power home a 14th minute corner from Shaun McSkimming.

Rangers' own on-loan import, goalkeeper Thomas Myhre, had little chance from such close range.

With Rangers unbeaten in the league this season and fresh from a handsome Uefa Cup defeat of Borussia Dortmund, most fans expected Myhre would have little to do but find ways of keeping warm for 90 minutes.

Indeed Dundee were forced to endure a torrid time both before and after the opener as the league leaders piled on the pressure.

Dundee keeper Robert Douglas had no problem keeping the blood flowing as he made a string of saves to keep his side ahead.

He blocked two Jonatan Johansson efforts and tipped over a blistering shot from Lorenzo Amoruso.

Penalty stop

But those saves were eclipsed in the 53rd minute when he flew across superbly to stop a Jorg Albertz penalty.

Rangers believed they should have had a penalty some time earlier when Wallace was floored by Frank van Eijs, although referee Mike McCurry waved play on.

But McCurry had no hesitation pointing to the spot after Steven Tweed bundled over McCann.

Albertz, known for the power of his shooting, tried to place it but Douglas got down quickly at the post to make a superb block.

Rangers manager Dick Advocaat then brought on striker Gordon Durie for midfielder Reyna in an attempt to find the equaliser their pressure deserved.

Wallace finally on target

And they were rewarded in the 70th minute when an Andrei Kanchelskis cross set up the equaliser.

Wallace had wasted several good opportunities to score but when McCann's header rattled the post he only had to poke the ball home from close range.

Rangers fans expecting an onslaught on the Dundee goal were disappointed.

Instead the game fizzled out and appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw until 90 seconds into stoppage time when Rae took a pass from former Rangers player Steven Boyack on his chest before finding the corner from 12 yards.

Rangers: Myhre, Adamczuk, Moore, Amoruso, Numan, Reyna, Ferguson, Albertz, McCann, Wallace, Johansson.
Subs: Kanchelskis, Vidmar, Nicholson, Durie, Brown.

Dundee: Douglas, Van Eijs, Smith, Tweed, Ireland, McSkimming, Boyack, Rae, Billio, Annand, Grady.
Subs: Langfield, Robertson, Sharp, Wilkie, Bayne.
Referee: Michael McCurry (Scotland)
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