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Saturday, 28 September, 2002, 19:51 GMT 20:51 UK
Rangers stroll to win over Terrors
Lorenzo Amoruso puts Rangers ahead
Lorenzo Amoruso puts Rangers ahead
Dundee United 0-3 Rangers
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Rangers never looked in any danger of failing to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League as they comfortably saw off Dundee United.

Lorenzo Amoruso opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half with a glancing header.

Captain Barry Ferguson then rounded off a move he had begun to give Rangers a 2-0 lead at half time.

Rangers' dominance was not challenged after the break and Shota Arveladze added to the lead, with Stefan Klos rarely looking troubled in the visitors' goal.

Rangers signalled their intent from the off, with Shota Arveladze twice firing into the arms of Paul Gallacher before Peter Lovenkrands drove a shot wide, all inside the first two minutes.

That after Lorenzo Amoruso was forced to launch himself into the path of a goalbound Steven Thompson effort.

Amoruso is congratulated on his goal
Amoruso is congratulated on his goal
Mark Wilson had Stefan Klos scrambling in 12 minutes with an effort from 20 yards that ran just wide.

Then Lorenzo Amoruso rose unchallenged to head an Arteta corner wide.

But Amoruso was not to be denied and he headed Rangers in front in 22 minutes, glancing Arteta's free kick beyond Gallacher.

United should have been level a minute later, though, when Maurice Ross' slip allowed Stephen O'Donnell to find Thompson in the area only for Klos to block his shot superbly.

Fernando Ricksen felt he should have had a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Warren Cummings, but referee John Rowbotham saw nothing amiss.

Gallacher produced an excellent save to keep the deficit to one goal when Arteta whipped in a vicious free kick from a tight angle that the keeper managed to push against the bar.

But Rangers did make it two in first-half injury time, Ferguson placing the ball high past Gallacher from De Boer's perfect cutback.

Arveladze and Lovenkrands celebrate
Arveladze and Lovenkrands celebrate
Rangers continued to dominate after the break, but while they had plenty of attacking possession, Gallacher was not being made to work.

United had a penalty claim waved away in 65 minutes when Thompson felt Muscat had pushed him as he went for a Stuart Duff cross.

Rangers finally made it three in 73 minutes when Arteta found substitute Caniggia, who crossed for Arveladze to turn the ball beyond Gallacher at the second attempt.

Lovenkrands brought out another good save from Gallacher with a low right-foot drive as Rangers continued to turn the screw.

But moments earlier, Klos had to look sharp to keep out a Danny Griffin cross.


Dundee Utd: Gallacher, Duff, McCraken, Lauchlan, Cummings, Easton, Miller (Lilley 69), Griffin, Wilson (Paterson 77), O'Donnell (Gunnlaugsson 81), Thompson.

Subs Not Used: Jarvie, McCunnie.

Booked: Easton, Duff.

Rangers: Klos, Muscat (Konterman 77), Amoruso, Moore, Ross, Ricksen, Ferguson, Arteta, de Boer (Caniggia 67), Arveladze, Lovenkrands.

Subs Not Used: McGregor, Dodds, Latapy.

Att: 10,013

Ref: J Rowbotham

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