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Dundee 1-1 Rangers: Steven Gerrard's side held by ten men at Dens

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Highlights: Dundee 1-1 Rangers

Ten-man Dundee moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premiership as they held out for a draw against Rangers.

Steven Gerrard's side missed the opportunity to draw level with leaders Celtic, but did move past Kilmarnock and into second place.

Dundee took the lead through former Rangers striker Kenny Miller, who did not celebrate his goal.

Andy Halliday equalised direct from a free-kick awarded after Nathan Ralph was sent off.

Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty had a first-half effort ruled out for offside, after he converted Ryan Kent's cutback.

Dundee's point saw them extend their unbeaten run to four games under new manager Jim McIntyre and move off the bottom for the first time since the beginning of September.

Rangers have taken only one point from six since moving top of the league last weekend.

Dundee defence makes point

Miller provided the home side with a platform to build on, darting between Rangers' sluggish centre-backs to reach a long ball forward and then clip a shot past Allan McGregor.

The Dundee striker pointedly refused to celebrate scoring against his former side, but his goal highlighted the chance managers take with squad rotation.

Connor Goldson partnered Gareth McAuley in central defence against Aberdeen in midweek, but Gerrard opted on this occasion to pair him with Joe Worrall, and the latter's afternoon was encapsulated when he kicked a straightforward pass out of play.

In contrast, Dundee's defenders were alert, well-organised and resolute. They had to be after Ralph was sent off by referee Alan Muir for a tackle on Daniel Candeias on the edge of the area that saw him catch the Rangers winger on the ankle with his studs up.

The referee told McIntyre the dismissal was for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, and the manager said the club would appeal against the decision.

Halliday swept the free-kick into the top corner with polished technique and Rangers were briefly energised - culminating in Lafferty's effort being ruled out.

Yet Dundee were never swamped and defender Cammy Kerr was typical of the home side's guts and determination. Lining up deep and narrow after the break, Dundee defended their penalty area rigorously, limiting Rangers to sideways passes far from goal and crosses that were dealt with comfortably.

Even when the visitors did break through, goalkeeper Jack Hamilton was seldom troubled. When the ball broke to Lafferty inside the area late on, Kerr slid in with a timely challenge before he could shoot.

Afterwards, the defender thumped the turf with his fist. It was a hard-earned point, but Dundee deserved it.

Kyle Lafferty
Kyle Lafferty's effort was ruled offside with the score 1-1

'McIntyre's influence clear against distracted Rangers' - analysis

To play in excess of 70 minutes with just 10 men against one of the strongest teams in the league gives an indication of the mental strength McIntyre has instilled in his players in a short period of time.

Yes, they only moved off the bottom on goal difference but, on this performance, they may not be there for too long.

Rangers dominated possession and territory and were undoubtedly dealt a raw deal when Lafferty's effort was wrongly ruled out for offside.

Gerrard made six changes to the side that lost at home to Aberdeen but they should still have had more than enough quality to secure the win that would have taken them level at the top with Celtic.

Rangers may have had one eye on their midweek trip to Vienna to face Rapid as they seek to continue their Europa League adventure into the New Year.

But they cannot afford many more matches like this if they are to somehow wrestle the Premiership flag away from their fierce rivals.

'We had chances on the counter' - reaction

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "The referee gave the red card for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, which it's not because Andy Boyle is there covering.

"Originally I thought it was for dangerous and reckless play but it's not. The referee has confirmed that. I'm really disappointed that went against us. We will absolutely appeal it."

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: "It was not good enough. We didn't look like a Rangers team; individually we didn't look like Rangers players.

"We kept making stupid decisions. We never really carried out the game plan. So no surprises in terms of the result because our performance didn't deserve better."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Kerr
  • 23Boyle
  • 5KusungaBooked at 42mins
  • 3RalphBooked at 20mins
  • 27Curran
  • 4WoodsSubstituted forSpenceat 86'minutes
  • 8Kamara
  • 17Miller
  • 18McGowan
  • 20MillerSubstituted forKallmanat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Parish
  • 14Nabi
  • 15Inniss
  • 19Kallman
  • 28Spence
  • 45Moore
  • 47Lambert

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 3Worrall
  • 16HallidaySubstituted forEjariaat 70'minutes
  • 18RossiterSubstituted forBarisicat 57'minutes
  • 8JackBooked at 14mins
  • 14KentSubstituted forMiddletonat 45'minutes
  • 21Candeias
  • 11LaffertyBooked at 43mins
  • 35Grezda

Substitutes

  • 10Ejaria
  • 13Foderingham
  • 17McCrorie
  • 19Katic
  • 23Coulibaly
  • 31Barisic
  • 40Middleton
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
8,578

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home4
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Rangers 1.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Foul by Benjamin Kallman (Dundee).

Joe Worrall (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Rangers).

Foul by Benjamin Kallman (Dundee).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Lewis Spence replaces Martin Woods.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Joe Worrall (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Calvin Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Benjamin Kallman replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt saved. Ryan Jack (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jesse Curran (Dundee).

Borna Barisic (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Dundee).

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

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ovie Ejaria replaces Andy Halliday.

Attempt missed. Eros Grezda (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Middleton (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Calvin Miller (Dundee) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

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

Foul by Glenn Middleton (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jesse Curran.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Borna Barisic replaces Jordan Rossiter.

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

Foul by Ryan Jack (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

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

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee 1, Rangers 1.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 9th December 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1510323682833
2Rangers1694338142431
3Kilmarnock179442517831
4Hearts179352319430
5St Johnstone168442020028
6Livingston167451713425
7Aberdeen157351715224
8Hibernian166552619723
9Motherwell164391626-1015
10Hamilton1741121237-2513
11Dundee1623111333-209
12St Mirren1723121234-229
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