Injury-hit Rangers sweep aside United

Posted 2 months ago 12 Sep 2020 by Senator@100

Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers set a new early-season shut out record as they cruised to victory over Dundee United.

Steven Gerrard's side notched up their seventh clean sheet in their first seven league games with a strong performance at Ibrox.

Ryan Kent and James Tavernier netted in the first half, with Kemar Roofe and Scott Arfield adding after the break.

But the hosts lost four players to injury during the afternoon.

Leon Balogun dropped out shortly before kick-off, with Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker and Alfredo Morelos following him during the match.

Rangers remain three points clear at the summit of the table, while United's third defeat in a row leaves them eighth.

It was an afternoon that was meant to be about beating Celtic's 114-year-old record for the number of clean sheets from the start of a campaign. And while it was achieved with ease, Rangers fans will be concerned at the collateral damage accrued in the process.

Balogun was the first to fall. Named in the starting line-up, he was replaced prior to kick off by Filip Helander. Just 11 minutes in, Jack also dropped out as he hobbled from the pitch.

Despite that setback, within two minutes Gerrard's team were in front. A neat one-two between Kent and Ianis Hagi carved open the visiting defence for the former. One stepover sold his marker for some time, a low finish bought him a goal.

The injury curse would soon strike again, though. Not long later, Barker's gallop for a loose ball saw him pull up. His race was run, and on 39 minutes so was United's.

Hagi was again involved as Borna Barisic found space on the left while the visitors contracted to a narrow defence. A whipped low ball was left by Ryan Edwards at the front post, with Rangers captain Tavernier pouncing at the back post.

United's closest attempt to a goal in the first half came moments later when a Peter Pawlett corner was missed by Jon McLaughlin, but Nicky Clark's header floated just wide.

While Gerrard would have been concerned at losing three players before the break, Morelos' exit may well be the biggest blow. A high follow-through by Edwards caught the Colombian, who was eventually removed on a stretcher.

Despite that setback, Rangers had enough to put the game to bed. Substitute Arfield's shot flashed across goal, with Roofe sliding the ball in between the United centre-backs.

And there was still time for a fourth, Hagi again the provider, this time for Arfield to arc his effort away from the diving Benjamin Siegrist.

Man of the match - Ianis Hagi

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dundee united they collect

2 months ago

Rangers with gra gra las las na Celtic go carry am for the 10th times in a row

2 months ago

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