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Saturday, 19 August, 2000, 17:25 GMT 18:25 UK
Rangers on easy street
Van Bronckhorst puts Rangers back in front
Van Bronckhorst puts Rangers back in front
Rangers 4-1 Dunfermline

Rangers cruised to victory over a Dunfermline side which never looked in any danger of halting the defending champions' unbeaten run.

Rangers went straight on to the attack with Jorg Albertz and Neil McCann combining to good effect down the left.

The early possession all belonged to the home side and their pressure paid off after 10 minutes when they were awarded a penalty.

Neil McCann was put through by Billy Dodds and under pressure from Jason Dair, the winger went down in the box.

Rangers celebrate another goal
Rangers celebrate another goal
Although initial contact appeared to be outside the box, referee Kenny Clark pointed to the spot.

Albertz stepped up and, although Ruitenbeek guessed correctly, the ball slipped through the goalkeeper's arms and into the net.

Despite that good start, though, it was Dunfermline who scored next.

In their first real sojourn into Rangers territory, Dunfermline sitched play from right to left, and when the ball was played into the penalty area by Rob Matthaei, Stephen Boyle rose to glance the ball into the far corner of Stefan Klos' net.

Normal service

Normal service was quickly resumed as Rangers continued to press the SPL new-boys' defence.

A wonderful three-man move, started and finished by Giovanni van Bronckhorst, put Rangers back in front after 21 minutes.

The Dutchman, playing in the left back role he occupied during Euro 2000, played a pass down the line to McCann who quickly played it on to Dodds.

The striker's first-time pass was played perfectly into the stride of the on-rushing van Bronckhorst who hammered it off the underside of the bar and into the net.

Things deteriorated further for the visitors after 25 minutes when goalscorer Boyle was stretchered off after a head collision with Fernando Ricksen left him with a badly swollen eye.

Van Bronckhorst takes the plaudits
Van Bronckhorst takes the plaudits
And before the half-hour mark, Rangers had added to their lead.

A misplaced pass in the middle of the park by Boyle's replacement, Owen Coyle, allowed Wallace to slip the ball to Tugay.

His pass found Billy Dodds on the edge of the box and he made space for himself before firing a shot into the far corner of Ruitenbeek's net.

Dunfermline were severely limited in the number of chances they were being allowed, with the Rangers midfield well on top.

Dair did find space for a shot late in the half, but his effort was dragged wide of the target.

Rangers began the second half as they had the first, and it took them only three minutes to extend their lead.

No contest

Another nice passing move involving Dodds, Tugay and McCann allowed the latter space on the right and when his cross was floated to the back post, Rod Wallace did not have to be asked twice to nod the ball into the unguarded goal.

The pressure was relentless, and an Amoruso header from a van Bronckhorst corner was saved at the second attempt by Ruitenbeek.

The match was dead as a contest and Rangers introduced Claudio Reyna and Andrei Kanchelskis to replace Jorg Albertz and Rod Wallace. Soon after, the young Dane Peter Lovenkrands came on for McCann.

Kanchelskis should have added a fifth goal when he was released by Tugay but the substitute fired straight at the keeper.

Good work from Lovenkrands allowed van Bronckhorst to play in Dodds, but the striker's shot was well saved.

Barry Ferguson put a late effort wide but Rangers' work was done.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Amoruso, Konterman, van Bronckhorst, Tugay, Ferguson, Albertz, McCann, Dodds, Wallace.
Subs: Kanchelskis, Reyna, Lovenkrands, Brown, Malcolm.

Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Dair, Skinner, Reid, Nicholson, S. Thomson, Ferguson, Matthaei, Moss, Boyle, Crawford.
Subs: S. Thomson, May, Tod, Potter, Coyle.

Referee: Kenny Clark (Scotland)

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