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Kenny Miller sent off as Rangers trounce Dundee 4-0

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Highlights: Rangers 4-0 Dundee

Steven Gerrard's Rangers secured their second Premiership win of the season and piled further pressure on a Dundee side who had Kenny Miller sent off.

Lassana Coulibaly, Ryan Kent, James Tavernier and Glenn Middleton added to the bottom side's burgeoning goals-against column.

But for goalkeeper Elliot Parish, the margin would have been more severe.

And former Rangers player Miller, who captained Dundee, was dismissed late on for a challenge on Borna Barisic.

The veteran forward will now miss Dundee's next attempt to get their first points of the season against Hibernian next week.

Rangers, meanwhile, go into Thursday's Europa League group opener away to Villarreal having moved to within two points of second-placed Celtic.

Ruthless Rangers

Dundee had almost as many efforts in the first half as their hosts but, crucially, hit the target with none.

Coulibaly - back after a month out - beat Alfredo Morelos to the rebound after Barisic's effort had been blocked and the midfielder looked very much in the mood to add to his personal tally in the first half.

He sent an overhead kick over and Kent, who drove home after exchanging passes with Morelos and Scott Arfield, also came close to scoring again as Parish was called into action once more.

Darren O'Dea's foul on Morelos capped a dreadful first half for the visitors with Tavernier converting the spot-kick deep into stoppage time.

Coulibaly's replacement Middleton followed Kent in notching a first Rangers goal after pouncing on Genseric Kusunga's slip in the box.

And it could have been even worse for the visitors as Kyle Lafferty smashed the ball against the crossbar after having come on for Kent.

Dundee's day of misery

Kenny Miller is sent off
Miller exited proceedings after 79 minutes

The picture for Neil McCann's Dundee was grim before kick-off after four defeats in four league games and the one saving grace of another loss is that second-bottom Hamilton Academical are still only three points ahead after losing at Livingston.

The Dark Blues visit Accies in two weeks' time but face a tricky home match against Hibs in the interim.

McCann made five changes to his starting line-up, including replacing Jack Hamilton with Parish.

But despite the goalkeeper's best efforts, it proved to be a long day in Glasgow for the visitors.

Miller's third Ibrox spell ended in the summer in acrimonious circumstances. The player had been fined and suspended following a dressing room row with former manager Graeme Murty in April and he did not feature again for the club. However, the striker's appeal against the way in which Rangers took disciplinary action was upheld earlier this month.

Gerrard had encouraged Rangers fans to show their appreciation of the 38-year-old but the striker's match would be cut short when he saw red for his tackle on Barisic.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 72mins
  • 19Katic
  • 31Barisic
  • 16Halliday
  • 21Candeias
  • 23CoulibalySubstituted forMiddletonat 56'minutes
  • 37Arfield
  • 14KentSubstituted forLaffertyat 65'minutes
  • 20MorelosBooked at 69minsSubstituted forGrezdaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Worrall
  • 11Lafferty
  • 13Foderingham
  • 15Flanagan
  • 17McCrorie
  • 35Grezda
  • 40Middleton

Dundee

  • 12Parish
  • 27CurranBooked at 52mins
  • 23Boyle
  • 6O'DeaSubstituted forKusungaat 51'minutes
  • 2KerrBooked at 35mins
  • 22Madianga
  • 18McGowan
  • 10NgwatalaBooked at 42mins
  • 17MillerSubstituted forNabiat 71'minutes
  • 20MillerBooked at 79mins
  • 19KallmanSubstituted forMoussaat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hamilton
  • 5Kusunga
  • 9Moussa
  • 11Mendy
  • 14Nabi
  • 28Spence
  • 45Moore
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
50,130

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 4, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Dundee 0.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).

Sofien Moussa (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).

(Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Connor Goldson (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andrew Boyle.

Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sofien Moussa (Dundee).

Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jesse Curran.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andrew Boyle.

Hand ball by Sofien Moussa (Dundee).

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Dundee 0. Glenn Middleton (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Karl Madianga (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Karl Madianga (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Karl Madianga (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Glenn Middleton (Rangers).

Jesse Curran (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Dismissal

Kenny Miller (Dundee) is shown the red card.

Borna Barisic (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Eros Grezda replaces Alfredo Morelos.

Attempt missed. Adil Nabi (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andy Halliday (Rangers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Glenn Middleton (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Connor Goldson (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).

Elton Ngwatala (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Glenn Middleton (Rangers).

Jesse Curran (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts5500112915
2Celtic531152310
3Livingston531164210
4Rangers522110558
5Hibernian52219638
6St Johnstone52215508
7Kilmarnock52126427
8Aberdeen513145-16
9Motherwell511369-34
10St Mirren511339-64
11Hamilton510438-53
12Dundee5005211-90
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