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Dundee United manager Alex Smith
"From start to finish, every player played their hearts out."
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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"Next season we will back stronger than ever."
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banner Sunday, 11 March, 2001, 21:12 GMT
United sink ragged Rangers
United could have won by a greater margin at Tannadice
United could have won by a greater margin at Tannadice
Dundee United 1-0 Rangers

Scottish Cup holders Rangers crashed out of the tournament at Tannadice as Dundee United continued their excellent recent form to reach the semi-final stage.

A 62nd minute goal from David Hannah was enough for victory.

And, when Bert Konterman was sent off six minutes later, United continued to press and could have run out more comfortable winners but for the form of Rangers goalkeeper Stefan Klos.

The home side fought doggedly throughout and more than matched their opponents in all departments.

Defeat means that a miserable season for the Ibrox club now appears certain to end without any silverware.

Worried

United fielded the side that had crushed St Mirren 4-0 in last week's relegation head-to-head.

Rangers made a single change from the side that beat Hearts 2-0, with the injured Giovanni van Bronckhorst being replaced by Fernando Ricksen, whose five-game ban does not cover Cup matches.

The visitors' injury woes showed no sign of abating when Barry Ferguson was hurt in a crunching, but fair, tackle by Jim Lauchlan in the second minute.

There were worried looks from Ibrox coach Dick Advocaat but three minutes later the captain was back.

Rangers' makeshift left back Sergio Porrini gifted possession to Craig Easton, who set up Jim Hamilton for a shot in the box that was blocked by a combination of Craig Moore and goalkeeper Klos for a corner that was scrambled away with difficulty.

Burst into life

United's Charlie Miller was getting the better of Konterman in their midfield clash and, after two fouls, the Dutchman was booked in the 16th minute

Jamie McCunnie crossed for Hannah to flash a near post header wide as United shaded the early encounters.

Rangers' first real chance fell to Tore Andre Flo after Allan Johnston had won a penalty box header but the Norwegian hooked wide under pressure from Easton.
Billy Dodds battles against his old club
Billy Dodds battles against his old club

Hannah was fouled 25 yards from goal but Klos had little trouble catching Miller's free kick as United continued to press.

Easton sent Derek Lilley galloping goalwards but Klos positioned himself to block the shot.

A drab game burst into life after an hour when United took the lead.

Following a break down the right flank, Hamilton scrapped well for the loose ball and scooped it over his head into the danger area. Miller was thwarted but, when the ball broke to Hannah, the former Celtic man calmly controlled it on his knee before crashing the ball past Klos from ten yards.

Incredible saves

Rangers responded immediately and a Dodds cross flashed across the face of the United goal to find Johnston at the back post, but the angle was too acute for the midfielder and his shot didn't find the target.

Advocaat's woes continued after 68 minutes when Konterman earned himself a second yellow card for a trip on Jamie Buchan and was sent off.

With fifteen minutes remaining, Danny Griffin almost doubled United's advantage with a fierce shot that swerved just wide of Klos' goal.

Easton was denied a shot a goal from close range by a lunging Lorenzo Amoruso tackle and Klos had to look lively to tip away a long distance lob from Hamilton as Rangers continued to toil.

Klos pulled off two incredible saves to deny Lilley in the dying minutes.


Dundee Utd: Gallacher, McCunnie, De Vos, Lauchlan, Buchan, Easton, Miller, Griffin, Hannah, Hamilton, Lilley.

Subs: Combe, Venetis, Naveda, Thompson, Smith.

Rangers: Klos, Moore, Amoruso, Wilson, Porrini, Ricksen, Ferguson, Konterman, Johnston, Flo, Dodds.

Subs: Christiansen, Miller, Malcolm, Kaupilla, Carson.

Referee: J Underhill

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