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Sunday, 1 September, 2002, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Rangers destroy Dunfermline
Fernando Ricksen fires home goal number three
Dunfermline 0-6 Rangers

Rampant Rangers ripped Dunfermline to shreds as they turned on the style at East End Park.

The Glasgow side scored six and but for a great display by home keeper Marco Ruitenbeek the margin of victory could have been doubled.

Veteran striker Claudio Caniggia scored three, Mikel Arteta and Fernando Ricksen each converted great strikes and Barry Ferguson added a penalty.

Dunfermline were their own worst enemies, with a host of blunders at the back making life easy for the visitors.

With Tore Andre Flo having left Rangers for Sunderland, it was Caniggia who filled the gap left by an injury to Peter Lovenkrands.

Mikel Arteta celebrates a fine goal
The home side gave a first start to summer signing Scott Wilson, the former Rangers defender.

A minute's silence was observed before kick off in memory of Dunfermline chairman Mel Rennie who died on Sunday morning.

Rangers enjoyed the best of a lively opening although Stefan Klos was the first goalkeeper called upon to make a save when he turned away a shot from Stevie Crawford.

A horrendous defensive error gifted the visitors the lead after 11 minutes when Lee Bullen and Wilson both had ample time to clear but each left it to the other, allow Caniggia to steal in, round Ruitenbeek and slot home.

Ruitenbeek then had to look lively to deny Shota Averladze and a rocket shot from Ricksen as Rangers stepped up the pressure.

Arteta doubled Rangers' lead in the 27th minute with a well-placed drive from 20 yards out that found the top corner.

Craig Moore was next to try his luck for Alex McLeish's side but Ruitenbeek produced another good save to keep the Australian's header out.

Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson scored from the spot
Four minutes before half time the Dutch keeper could do nothing about Ricksen's low left foot shot from the edge of the penalty area that passed through a ruck of players and flew into the net.

Wilson's bad day continued when he cut across Averladze and gave away a penalty after 57 minutes. Ferguson stroked home the spot kick with ease.

A few minutes later an Arteta free kick took an unkind bounce off the shins of Bullen and into the path of Caniggia, who prodded the ball home from close range.

Klos, who had been a spectator for most of the game, produced a great save to stop a Scott Thompson header.

The calamitous Wilson was spared further embarrassment when the referee failed to spot a blatant handball from a Rangers corner.

Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Bullen (Dair 60), Skerla, Scott Thomson, Scott Wilson, Nicholson (Dempsey 60), Mason, Hampshire, Kilgannon (McGroarty 71), Crawford, Brewster.
Subs Not Used: Stillie, Walker.

Booked: Nicholson, Dair.

Rangers: Klos, Muscat, Moore, Malcolm, Numan, Ricksen, Arteta (Hughes 71), Ferguson (Konterman 82), de Boer (Dodds 77), Arveladze, Caniggia.
Subs Not Used: McGregor, Ross.

Booked: Arteta.

Attendance: 8,948
Referee: D McDonald

BBC Five Live's Ian Turner
"All the traffic was one way"
Rangers manager Alex McLeish
"We had great performaces all round."
Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood
"Some our defending was like kid's stuff."
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