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Rangers   7 - 1   Dundee Utd

Kris Boyd opens the scoring from the penalty spot
The red-hot Boyd started the scoring from the penalty spot

Kris Boyd bagged an incredible five goals to sink Dundee United and surpass Henrik Larsson as the Scottish Premier League's all-time top scorer.

Boyd tucked away a penalty then powered home a long range thunderbolt before poking in his third on 29 minutes.

Boyd's strike partner Kenny Miller was sent off early in the second half after Damian Casalinuovo had pulled one back.

But Steven Whittaker clipped a neat finish, Boyd claimed two more and Madjid Bougherra drilled in a shot.

Boyd's haul takes him to 160 top flight goals, while the victory propelled the Ibrox side seven points clear at the top of the table going into Sunday's derby with nearest challengers Celtic.

New Scotland manager Craig Levein watched on as his former side were demolished and he must have been impressed by the predatory instincts of Boyd, who has indicated his willingness to return to the international fold.

The breakthrough came when Dods foolishly felled Miller and Boyd stepped up to send Nicky Weaver the wrong way from the spot with 20 minutes gone.

Five minutes later, Steven Davis rolled a free-kick for the sizzling striker to lash a low shot into the back of the net from 25 yards.

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As Rangers ripped the visitors open with alarming ease, Garry Kenneth had to hook Boyd's volley off the line moments later but the hat-trick soon arrived to go level with Celtic hero Larsson's tally

A neat move saw Sasa Papac feed Miller and the forward fired a low ball across goal for his team-mate to stab in from close range.

United emerged for the second half determined to make amends for a sloppy display and the visitors pulled a goal back a minute after the restart.

Paul Dixon supplied a lovely cross for substitute Casalinuovo to flick through the legs of Allan McGregor from close-range.

Thoughts turned to an unlikely comeback when Miller was shown a straight red card for violent conduct with 51 minutes gone following a tangle on the turf with Dods - ruling him out of the Old Firm clash.

United then enjoyed a period of pressure but Rangers swapped Nacho Novo for Whittaker and the substitute had an immediate impact when he pounced on a dreadful error from Sean Dillon to fire an angled shot beyond Weaver.

Boyd then broke Larsson's record with 75 minutes gone. The striker and Dods both went for Whittaker's corner with Boyd denied by both Weaver and Dods before finally prodding home at the third attempt.

With United in disarray, the striker claimed his fifth five minutes later when he rifled into the top corner from 12 yards before leaving the pitch to a huge ovation and a hug from manager Walter Smith.

Bougherra saved the best for last when he went on a mazy run from the halfway line, dodging a string of dejected United players, before sending a low shot into the back of the net to seal an emphatic victory.

Th all-time Scottish League scoring record of 410 goals was established between 1922 and 1938 by Jimmy McGrory of Celtic and Clydebank.

Prior to joining Rangers, Boyd scored 63 SPL goals for Kilmarnock.


Rangers manager Walter Smith:
"We got seven goals but we had to work hard for the win.

"At one stage Dundee United were back at 3-1 and had a couple of opportunities that they might have done a little bit better with.

"Once we got the fourth goal we went away again.

"It was a fantastic level of finishing from Kris Boyd. We had all types of goals. You just can't speak highly enough about that aspect of his game."

Dundee United interim manager Peter Houston:
"I've got to apologise for the travelling fans because the goals we gave away were very soft.

"Congratulations to Kris Boyd for scoring five but he'll not have an easier night. We contributed greatly to his efforts.

"We let the fans down because we didn't see out the full 90 minutes. Once the fourth goal went in I felt our heads went down far too quickly and it was a wee bit embarrassing in the end."

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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 7-1 Dundee Utd FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Boyd (pen) 20
  • Boyd 25
  • Boyd 29
  • Whittaker 68
  • Boyd 75
  • Boyd 80
  • Bougherra 85
  • Casalinuovo 46

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac (Smith 46)
  • 21 Broadfoot
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 06 McCulloch yellow card
  • 07 Davis
  • 09 Boyd (Little 81 yellow card)
  • 10 Novo (Whittaker 65)
  • 18 Miller red card
  • 27 Lafferty

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 16 Whittaker,
  • 26 Smith,
  • 66 Wilson,
  • 02 Edu,
  • 29 Fleck,
  • 48 Little

Dundee Utd

  • 01 Weaver
  • 02 Dillon
  • 05 Dods
  • 18 Kenneth
  • 23 Dixon
  • 06 Conway (Casalinuovo 37)
  • 15 Buaben
  • 16 Gomis (Robertson 87)
  • 19 Kovacevic (Swanson 63 yellow card)
  • 07 Myrie-Williams
  • 10 Cadamarteri

Substitutes

  • 13 Banks,
  • 50 Hill,
  • 12 Robertson,
  • 14 Swanson,
  • 09 Daly,
  • 21 Casalinuovo,
  • 25 Goodwillie
Ref: CollumAtt: 48,721
RANGERS
DUNDEE UTD

Possession

  • Rangers 50%
  • Dundee Utd 50%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 11
  • Dundee Utd 7

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 2
  • Dundee Utd 7

Corners

  • Rangers 7
  • Dundee Utd 6

Fouls

  • Rangers 9
  • Dundee Utd 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:02 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+1:44 Steven Davis takes a shot. Darren Dods gets a block in.
  • 88:41 The ball is sent over by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 87:50 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Whittaker from the left by-line, Paul Dixon manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:12 Andrew Little challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jennison Myrie-Williams restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:02 Substitution (Dundee Utd) makes a substitution, with David Robertson coming on for Morgaro Gomis.
  • 85:34 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Cadamarteri from the left by-line, save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 84:48 Booking Daniel Swanson is cautioned.
  • 84:09 GOAL - Madjid BougherraRangers 7 - 1 Dundee Utd Madjid Bougherra scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 7-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 81:45 Direct free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.
  • 81:45 Booking Booking for Andrew Little for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Dods by Andrew Little.
  • 79:45 Substitution Andrew Little replaces Kris Boyd.
  • 79:45 The assist for the goal came from Kyle Lafferty.
  • 79:45 GOAL - Kris BoydRangers 6 - 1 Dundee Utd Kris Boyd scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 6-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 79:43 The ball is delivered by Kyle Lafferty,
  • 78:28 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Daniel Swanson from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Dods on Allan McGregor. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 77:47 Direct free kick taken by Daniel Swanson.
  • 77:47 Booking Lee McCulloch shown a yellow card.
  • 77:40 Unfair challenge on Daniel Swanson by Lee McCulloch results in a free kick.
  • 76:01 Damian Casalinuovo produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 75:34 Kris Boyd challenges Jennison Myrie-Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jennison Myrie-Williams.
  • 74:31 GOAL - Kris BoydRangers 5 - 1 Dundee Utd Kris Boyd finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 5-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 73:43 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Whittaker, Kris Boyd takes a shot. Sean Dillon gets a block in.
  • 73:33 The ball is sent over by Kirk Broadfoot, Darren Dods gets a block in.
  • 72:47 Paul Dixon decides to take the corner short.
  • 72:38 Daniel Swanson takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 71:26 Daniel Swanson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, Header from deep inside the area by Madjid Bougherra goes over the bar.
  • 69:58 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Dixon, Garry Kenneth concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 69:14 Foul by Danny Cadamarteri on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Madjid Bougherra from right wing, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
  • 67:46 GOAL - Steven WhittakerRangers 4 - 1 Dundee Utd Steven Whittaker gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 4-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 67:06 Jennison Myrie-Williams delivers the ball, Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 66:45 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Swanson, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
  • 66:29 Damian Casalinuovo produces a cross, Kyle Lafferty makes a clearance.
  • 65:00 Unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Morgaro Gomis results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 64:11 Substitution Steven Whittaker is brought on as a substitute for Nacho Novo.
  • 63:48 Danny Cadamarteri sends in a cross, Damian Casalinuovo has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 61:56 Substitution Daniel Swanson is brought on as a substitute for Michael Kovacevic.
  • 61:56 The ball is crossed by Sean Dillon.
  • 60:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Prince Buaben. Free kick crossed by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 59:45 The ball is delivered by Jennison Myrie-Williams, Paul Dixon takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 58:26 The ball is swung over by Michael Kovacevic, Steven Smith gets a block in.
  • 56:49 Shot by Morgaro Gomis from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 55:58 A cross is delivered by Jennison Myrie-Williams, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:57 Jennison Myrie-Williams takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 53:40 Prince Buaben is adjudged to have handled the ball. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:27 Paul Dixon sends in a cross, Steven Smith makes a clearance.
  • 51:54 Kyle Lafferty fouled by Paul Dixon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 50:11 Free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
  • 50:11 Sent off Kenny Miller sent off.
  • 49:59 Kenny Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Dods.
  • 48:42 Shot by Danny Cadamarteri from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
  • 45:52 The assist for the goal came from Paul Dixon.
  • 45:52 GOAL - Damian CasalinuovoRangers 3 - 1 Dundee Utd Damian Casalinuovo finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 3-1 Dundee Utd.
  • 45:45 The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon,
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Sasa Papac goes off and Steven Smith comes on.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:03 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+0:42 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save made by Nicky Weaver.
  • 44:49 Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Lee McCulloch, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 43:57 A cross is delivered by Kyle Lafferty.
  • 42:52 Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 41:21 Effort from inside the area by Danny Cadamarteri misses to the left of the goal.
  • 41:14 Sean Dillon delivers the ball, clearance by David Weir.
  • 40:44 Lee McCulloch challenges Prince Buaben unfairly and gives away a free kick. Prince Buaben takes the free kick.
  • 40:36 The ball is delivered by Kyle Lafferty, Darren Dods manages to make a clearance.
  • 39:53 The ball is crossed by Danny Cadamarteri, clearance by David Weir.
  • 37:51 Jennison Myrie-Williams has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 36:38 Substitution Damian Casalinuovo comes on in place of Craig Conway.
  • 35:32 The offside flag is raised against Kris Boyd. Free kick taken by Nicky Weaver.
  • 34:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Kovacevic on Kris Boyd. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:40 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nacho Novo from the left by-line, Michael Kovacevic makes a clearance.
  • 30:44 Craig Conway sends in a cross.
  • 28:51 Assist on the goal came from Kenny Miller.
  • 28:51 GOAL - Kris BoydRangers 3 - 0 Dundee Utd Goal scored by Kris Boyd from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 3-0 Dundee Utd.
  • 28:48 The ball is delivered by Kenny Miller,
  • 28:12 Kris Boyd takes a shot. Clearance made by Darren Dods.
  • 28:05 Centre by Steven Davis, clearance made by Darren Dods.
  • 27:16 Sean Dillon fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Dixon.
  • 24:24 The assist for the goal came from Steven Davis.
  • 24:24 GOAL - Kris BoydRangers 2 - 0 Dundee Utd Kris Boyd finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 2-0 Dundee Utd.
  • 23:42 Unfair challenge on Nacho Novo by Morgaro Gomis results in a free kick. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
  • 23:03 The offside flag is raised against Steven Davis. Nicky Weaver takes the indirect free kick.
  • 22:14 Outswinging corner taken by Nacho Novo, clearance by Michael Kovacevic.
  • 21:53 The ball is sent over by Kyle Lafferty, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
  • 21:29 Inswinging corner taken by Nacho Novo from the left by-line, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
  • 20:53 Corner taken by Nacho Novo from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Kovacevic.
  • 20:29 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Conway from the left by-line, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:03 Assist on the goal came from Kenny Miller. Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
  • Correction - 19:31 The assist for the goal came from Kenny Miller. Danny Cadamarteri takes a shot. Blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 19:31 GOAL - Kris BoydRangers 1 - 0 Dundee Utd Kris Boyd scores a placed penalty. Rangers 1-0 Dundee Utd.
  • 18:44 Foul by Darren Dods on Kenny Miller, Penalty awarded.
  • 17:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Conway on Nacho Novo. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 17:22 The ball is swung over by Michael Kovacevic, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
  • 15:07 Handball decision goes against Kenny Miller. Darren Dods takes the free kick.
  • 13:01 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Sean Dillon, free kick awarded. Paul Dixon takes the free kick.
  • 11:58 A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, clearance by Morgaro Gomis.
  • 11:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nacho Novo from the left by-line, clearance by Darren Dods.
  • 11:32 Nacho Novo takes a shot. Michael Kovacevic gets a block in.
  • 10:49 Paul Dixon challenges Kirk Broadfoot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Garry Kenneth.
  • 10:43 The ball is sent over by Kyle Lafferty, clearance made by Darren Dods.
  • 6:43 Danny Cadamarteri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nacho Novo. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 5:49 Darren Dods has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 5:24 Steven Davis challenges Morgaro Gomis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Kenneth takes the free kick.
  • 4:19 A cross is delivered by Kenny Miller, Nacho Novo produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 3:07 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kris Boyd. Nicky Weaver takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Position Team P GD PTS
Full Scottish Premier table
1 Rangers 18 34 43
2 Celtic 17 18 36
3 Hibernian 17 11 32
4 Dundee Utd 17 0 28
5 Hearts 18 -2 23
6 Motherwell 18 -8 20
7 St Johnstone 17 -6 19
8 Aberdeen 16 -6 18
9 Hamilton 16 -11 16
10 St Mirren 16 -7 14
11 Kilmarnock 17 -10 14
12 Falkirk 17 -13 12

see also
Smith lauds fantastic Boyd
30 Dec 09 |  Scotland
Boyd hungry to add to SPL tally
30 Dec 09 |  Rangers
Miller loses Gers red card appeal
31 Dec 09 |  Rangers



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