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Rangers   4 - 0   Dundee Utd

Rangers strikers Kenny Miller and Nikica Jelavic

Kenny Miller's double helped Rangers move three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League as Dundee United suffered defeat at Ibrox.

Sean Dillon's own goal gave Rangers a ninth-minute lead.

Miller kept up his record of scoring in every league game this season when he fired past Dusan Pernis on 69 minutes.

A glancing header by Steven Naismith put the defending champions further ahead and Miller tucked away his second to complete the rout.

Celtic can move level on points with Rangers when they take on Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Rangers were hoping to avoid a European hangover following their midweek draw with Manchester United and Vladimir Weiss issued an early statement of intent with a shot wide of the United goal.

But it was a visiting player that gave the home side their opener.

Steven Davis crossed from the right and, though Nikica Jelavic could not make a connection, Dillon's attempted clearance ended in the net.

The visitors looked to respond and Morgaro Gomis burst into the Rangers box but could not get his shot away before goalkeeper Allan McGregor smothered the ball.

Weiss continued to cause United problems on their right-hand side and the winger narrowly missed the target with an effort from 16 yards.

Kenny Miller scores for Rangers against Dundee United
Miller continued his impressive start to the season with a brace

The Tangerines threatened again when Daly headed down for Gomis to nick the ball wide.

A wayward clearance by Maurice Edu allowed Daly a headed chance and the United man held off a couple of challenges to send an effort wide.

Jelavic robbed Scott Severin in the opening seconds of the second half and blasted a shot towards goal that forced goalkeeper Pernis to beat the ball away.

The Croatian striker then got on the end of Steven Whittaker's cross but could not direct his header on target.

A mistake by Lee McCulloch gave possession to United, who worked the ball to David Goodwillie. But, although he held off the challenge of Madjid Bougherra, the striker's shot was collected by McGregor.

Whittaker fired straight at Pernis after being set-up by Miller as Rangers looked to double their advantage.

Pernis parried away a drive by McCulloch and then intervened to prevent a Jelavic cross reaching Miller.

But Rangers got their second goal in the 69th minute when Miller slotted home a left-foot shot from seven yards after the ball broke to the striker off Jelavic's attempted volley.

Naismith came on for Edu and quickly got on the scoresheet when he converted David Weir's cross with a well-placed header.

United continued to be opened up at the back and Jelavic laid on another simple finish for Miller eight minutes from the end.

Jelavic headed over late on as Rangers saw out their fifth straight league win of the campaign.

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 4-0 Dundee Utd FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Dillon (og) 9
  • Miller 69
  • Naismith 77
  • Miller 82

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir
    • 05 Papac
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 24 Bougherra
    • 06 McCulloch
    • 07 Edu (Naismith 70)
    • 08 Davis
    • 20 Weiss (Lafferty 82)
    • 09 Miller
    • 18 Jelavic

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 04 Broadfoot,
    • 11 Lafferty,
    • 14 Naismith,
    • 19 Beattie,
    • 29 Little,
    • 41 Hutton

    Dundee Utd

    • 01 Pernis
    • 02 Dillon
    • 03 Dixon
    • 17 Douglas (Russell 55)
    • 18 Kenneth (Watson 46)
    • 04 Severin
    • 08 Robertson yellow card
    • 15 Buaben
    • 16 Gomis
    • 09 Daly yellow card
    • 25 Goodwillie (Shala 87)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Banks,
    • 05 Dods,
    • 23 Watson,
    • 12 Robertson,
    • 10 Cadamarteri,
    • 20 Shala,
    • 27 Russell
    Ref: McDonaldAtt: 44,786
    RANGERS
    DUNDEE UTD

    Possession

    • Rangers 55%
    • Dundee Utd 45%

    Attempts on target

    • Rangers 12
    • Dundee Utd 2

    Attempts off target

    • Rangers 5
    • Dundee Utd 3

    Corners

    • Rangers 4
    • Dundee Utd 5

    Fouls

    • Rangers 6
    • Dundee Utd 12
    • Final Result
    • 93:04 The match gets underway.
    • 93:04 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:34 The ball is delivered by Steven Davis, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
    • 90:00+2:16 Centre by Madjid Bougherra, Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:23 Paul Dixon decides to take the corner short. Centre by Paul Dixon, clearance by David Weir.
    • 90:00+0:05 Prince Buaben challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:24 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Nikica Jelavic goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 88:47 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Prince Buaben manages to make a clearance.
    • 87:30 The referee gives a free kick against Scott Severin for handball. Lee McCulloch takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:54 Substitution David Goodwillie goes off and Andis Shala comes on.
    • 85:26 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 82:49 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Dixon from the right by-line, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
    • 82:00 Substitution Kyle Lafferty comes on in place of Vladimir Weiss.
    • 81:05 Nikica Jelavic provided the assist for the goal.
    • 81:05 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 4 - 0 Dundee Utd A goal is scored by Kenny Miller from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 4-0 Dundee Utd.
    • 80:43 Steven Davis takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
    • 78:34 Steven Whittaker produces a cross, clearance by Morgaro Gomis.
    • 77:53 Shot from long range by David Goodwillie misses to the right of the target.
    • 76:10 The assist for the goal came from David Weir.
    • 76:10 GOAL - Steven NaismithRangers 3 - 0 Dundee Utd Steven Naismith finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Rangers 3-0 Dundee Utd.
    • 75:40 Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss,
    • 74:53 Keith Watson sends in a cross.
    • 69:10 Substitution Steven Naismith comes on in place of Maurice Edu.
    • 68:17 Nikica Jelavic provided the assist for the goal.
    • 68:17 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 2 - 0 Dundee Utd Kenny Miller gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 2-0 Dundee Utd.
    • 68:00 The ball is sent over by Nikica Jelavic, save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 67:44 Nikica Jelavic sends in a cross, save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 67:15 Nikica Jelavic concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Dixon. Scott Severin takes the free kick.
    • 66:38 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Save made by Dusan Pernis.
    • 63:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Watson on Vladimir Weiss. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
    • 62:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Severin by Steven Whittaker. Scott Severin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:56 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 60:31 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Scott Severin gets a block in.
    • 58:14 Centre by Paul Dixon, blocked by Steven Whittaker.
    • 57:52 The ball is sent over by Kenny Miller, clearance made by Paul Dixon.
    • 57:25 David Goodwillie takes a shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
    • 55:53 Centre by Scott Robertson, comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
    • 55:41 Keith Watson produces a cross, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
    • 54:52 Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball, Keith Watson makes a clearance.
    • 54:24 Sean Dillon makes a clearance.
    • 54:24 Substitution Barry Douglas goes off and Johnny Russell comes on.
    • 54:24 Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss,
    • 51:28 Paul Dixon delivers the ball, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:50 A cross is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, clearance by Scott Severin.
    • 47:38 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the right of the target.
    • 46:50 Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic clears the bar.
    • 45:21 Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a save.
    • 45:01 Substitution Garry Kenneth leaves the field to be replaced by Keith Watson.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 44:36 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Garry Kenneth results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 44:29 The ball is crossed by Paul Dixon, blocked by Steven Whittaker.
    • 42:43 A cross is delivered by Steven Davis, clearance made by Garry Kenneth.
    • 42:08 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the right by-line, clearance by Scott Severin.
    • 42:00 Nikica Jelavic crosses the ball, Garry Kenneth manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee McCulloch on Scott Robertson. Prince Buaben restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:04 Barry Douglas sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Jon Daly misses to the left of the target.
    • 39:46 The ball is sent over by Vladimir Weiss, save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 39:03 Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss, Prince Buaben manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:34 Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Sean Dillon results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Vladimir Weiss, Morgaro Gomis makes a clearance.
    • 38:05 The ball is swung over by Madjid Bougherra, save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 36:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas from the right by-line, Jon Daly has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 35:27 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Douglas. Barry Douglas takes the indirect free kick.
    • 33:52 The official flags Nikica Jelavic offside. Dusan Pernis takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:30 Sean Dillon crosses the ball, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:02 Nikica Jelavic fouled by Scott Severin, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:21 Sasa Papac concedes a free kick for a foul on Prince Buaben. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Douglas from right wing, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
    • 29:58 Foul by Scott Severin on Madjid Bougherra, free kick awarded. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Dusan Pernis.
    • 29:10 Barry Douglas sends in a cross.
    • 27:37 Corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Garry Kenneth. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:54 Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.
    • 26:28 David Goodwillie fouled by Maurice Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Douglas takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:52 Sean Dillon delivers the ball, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:01 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Vladimir Weiss goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 23:31 Steven Davis takes a shot. Dusan Pernis makes a comfortable save.
    • 22:55 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Morgaro Gomis gets a block in.
    • 22:08 Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
    • 22:08 Booking Jon Daly goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 22:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Daly on Vladimir Weiss.
    • 21:17 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Barry Douglas gets a block in.
    • 18:14 Barry Douglas sends in a cross, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:11 Sean Dillon crosses the ball, save made by Allan McGregor.
    • 15:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robertson on Vladimir Weiss. Free kick crossed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance by Sean Dillon.
    • 13:53 The ball is crossed by Madjid Bougherra, comfortable save by Dusan Pernis.
    • 13:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Goodwillie on Maurice Edu. Free kick taken by Lee McCulloch.
    • 10:47 Paul Dixon delivers the ball, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:52 GOAL - Sean DillonRangers 1 - 0 Dundee Utd Sean Dillon scores an own goal from 12 yards. Rangers 1-0 Dundee Utd.
    • 8:00+0:50 Booking Scott Robertson is booked.
    • 7:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller by Scott Robertson. Free kick crossed by Vladimir Weiss, Dusan Pernis makes a save.
    • 7:02 Steven Whittaker produces a cross, save made by Dusan Pernis.
    • 5:10 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Morgaro Gomis gets a block in.
    • 4:27 Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross, Scott Severin makes a clearance.
    • 3:05 The ball is delivered by Nikica Jelavic, Scott Severin manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:30 Vladimir Weiss produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 0:36 Morgaro Gomis takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 5 10 15
    2 Celtic 4 9 12
    3 Hearts 5 3 8
    4 Aberdeen 5 2 7
    5 Motherwell 5 1 7
    6 Kilmarnock 4 0 6
    7 Hibernian 5 -3 5
    8 Dundee Utd 5 -6 5
    9 Inverness CT 5 0 4
    10 St Johnstone 5 -3 4
    11 St Mirren 5 -5 4
    12 Hamilton 5 -8 4

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