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Rangers 4-0 Dundee: Glen Kamara goal helps sink former side

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Highlights: Rangers 4-0 Dundee

Rangers eased aside Dundee to stay within eight points of leaders Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Glen Kamara set the ball rolling after four minutes, slotting in at the near post against his former side to record the first club goal of his career.

James Tavernier was the supplier and the captain was next to score.

Alfredo Morelos' finish secured the points within the first 23 minutes and Jermain Defoe added a late fourth as Dundee dropped to second bottom.

Rangers' 13th consecutive win at home against Dundee stretches their unbeaten run to nine games.

Jim McIntyre's side have now conceded four goals in each of their last four games at Ibrox and fall behind Hamilton Academical after their surprise win in Aberdeen.

'Bargain' Kamara proves his point

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard had still been smarting at his side's failure to take more than a point at Dens Park in December, despite Dundee playing for most of the game with 10 men.

His team very quickly made amends for what he views as "two lost points" and it was one of those who impressed for the Dark Blues that day who got the ball rolling in Rangers colours this time.

Kamara had been sidelined by Dundee manager McIntyre in January after agreeing a pre-contract agreement to join Rangers before the clubs agreed a transfer fee.

The Finland midfielder has since begun to establish himself in the Rangers team, leading Gerrard this week to describe the £50,000 paid for the former Arsenal trainee as "a bargain".

Gerrard thought Kamara had a point to prove against his former club and so it proved as he latched on to Tavernier's free-kick to score his first club goal.

More regular Rangers scorers were next to get in on the act, Tavernier's simple finish, after goalkeeper Seny Dieng had blocked from Morelos, was his 14th of the season - impressive for a right-back.

Jermain Defoe's goal was his fifth in nine games
Jermain Defoe's goal was his fifth in nine games

Morelos had returned from suspension and was soon back into his scoring rhythm, converting Scott Arfield's cut-back for his 28th goal of the campaign.

As was the case against Hamilton on Sunday, Rangers had killed the game by half-time.

After the break, a Borna Barisic free-kick that struck the crossbar was the closest they came following a series of efforts, until substitute Defoe powered a drive home from 12 yards.

Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller came close to inspiring a consolation goal soon after coming on, but Ethan Robson was unable to finish after the veteran's effort came off goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Split personalities & schoolboy errors - reaction

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: "It's another clean sheet, it's another strong win, but there were two sides to us tonight.

"If you compare the first half to the second, it's completely different. We were outstanding for certainly half an hour. In the second half, I didn't really recognise us."

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "To give away a goal in the fourth minute from a free-kick was just schoolboy from us.

"After that, I thought Rangers' movement was sensational, they fed off our mistakes. All in all, it wasn't a good night for us."

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 3Worrall
  • 31Barisic
  • 8Jack
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forDefoeat 66'minutes
  • 18Kamara
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forDavisat 45'minutes
  • 14KentSubstituted forMcCrorieat 73'minutes
  • 20Morelos

Substitutes

  • 9Defoe
  • 10Davis
  • 11Lafferty
  • 13Foderingham
  • 17McCrorie
  • 19Katic
  • 23Coulibaly

Dundee

  • 31Dieng
  • 29Horsfield
  • 15McGowan
  • 6O'DeaBooked at 71mins
  • 3Ralph
  • 27CurranSubstituted forMillerat 68'minutes
  • 16Robson
  • 4WoodsBooked at 80mins
  • 17DalesSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 86'minutes
  • 18McGowan
  • 10Wright

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 5Kusunga
  • 7O'Sullivan
  • 12Parish
  • 20Miller
  • 28Hadenius
  • 45Moore
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
48,859

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 4, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Dundee 0.

Attempt blocked. Ryan McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Dundee 0. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Jack.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. John O'Sullivan replaces Andy Dales.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Scott Wright (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Martin Woods (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Steven Davis (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Woods (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Borna Barisic (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jermain Defoe (Rangers).

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Rangers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ross McCrorie replaces Ryan Kent.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Borna Barisic (Rangers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Kent (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Ethan Robson (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Kenny Miller replaces Jesse Curran.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Attempt blocked. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jermain Defoe replaces Daniel Candeias.

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

Foul by Steven Davis (Rangers).

James Horsfield (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Andy Dales (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Ryan Kent (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Woods (Dundee).

Foul by Joe Worrall (Rangers).

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28213466165066
2Rangers28177464204458
3Aberdeen28155845331250
4Kilmarnock27137737271046
5Hearts28135103434044
6Hibernian28118942311141
7St Johnstone28115122836-838
8Motherwell27113133039-936
9Livingston2797112828034
10Hamilton2863191958-3921
11Dundee2846182460-3618
12St Mirren2735192055-3514
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