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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"A 22-point lead looks so easy, but we know how difficult it was"
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Sunday, 30 April, 2000, 21:15 GMT 22:15 UK
Rangers win sparks title party

Champagne time: Rangers celebrate their title
Rangers 3-0 Dundee

Rangers made it a night to remember at Ibrox as they romped to victory over Dundee before starting their 49th championship-winning party.

The champions, who had wrapped up the Scottish Premiership title last week, left it late, scoring all three goals in a celebratory second half.

With nothing left to play for, the match had all the edge of an end-of-season friendly.



Rangers fans gave the title-winners a superb reception
But Dundee are the only Scottish club to have inflicted defeat on Rangers this season - at Ibrox last November - so the home side knew that this was by no means a formality.

Indeed, for 52 minutes the visitors left them frustrated.

But with manager Dick Advocaat ready to hold aloft the trophy for the second time in two years in charge nothing was going to spoil their day.



The supporters have all been brilliant over the years and for the whole season, not only here domestically but also in Europe as well.

Rangers boss Dick Advocaat
Rangers turned on the style and goals from Billy Dodds, Neil McCann and Seb Rozental ensured their 12th title in 14 years was celebrated in style.

The last time the two sides met was in February when Dundee were hammered 7-1 at Dens Park.

And so impressive were Rangers at the start that it looked like they were determined to run up a similar scoreline.

Early frustration

Rozental did have the ball in the net in the 18th minute only for his effort to be ruled out because McCann's pass had crossed the by-line.



Billy Dodds sparked the second-half romp
Dundee goalkeeper Robert Douglas was forced into a series of first-half saves to keep Rangers at bay.

But it was not all one-way traffic, as Gers keeper Stefan Klos saved from Steven Boyack at the other end.

Rangers continued to pile on the pressure after the restart - and the crowd came to life in the 53rd minute when they got the goal they deserved after some brilliant play down the right from McCann.

The winger superbly chested down Jorg Albertz's overhit pass before bursting into the box and playing it off to Dodds, who swivelled and drove past Douglas.



When you see how happy we are with the championship again it shows how hard the players work with each other and how much they respect each other.

Dick Advocaat
Rangers smelled blood and six minutes later they went two up.

The Dundee defence failed to clear Albertz's dangerously in-swinging corner and from the ensuing scramble McCann had the easiest of chances to fire home from close range.

Dodds should have got his second of the match moments later when Albertz's corner found its way to his feet but Douglas pulled off a great save to deny him.

There was nothing that could stop Rangers now and it was Rozental's turn to cash in on their dominance in the 72nd minute when he fired past Douglas from close range.

And the final whistle triggered celebrations in Glasgow that were ready to go long into the night.

Teams:

Rangers: Klos, Amoruso, Numan, Ferguson, Kanchelskis, Albertz, Reyna, Rozental, McCann, Penttila, Dodds.
Subs: Vidmar, Johansson, Kerimoglu, Brown, Malcolm.

Dundee: Douglas, Smith, Maddison, Tweed, Boyack, Rae, Falconer, Artero, Billio, Wilkie, Luna.
Subs: Langfield, Miller, Grady, Robertson, Bayne.

Referee: Willie Young (Scotland)

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