Report: Three points against Dundee at Ibrox


The RANGERS put in an excellent controlled performance to win 3-0 over Dundee at Ibrox this afternoon.

Joe Aribo, an own goal from Ryan Sweeney and a strike from Alfredo Morelos made the difference, with the Gers playing superb football on their way to their three points today.

Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has named two changes to his squad for this afternoon’s Scottish Premiership game with Dundee.

Despite the cold and wet conditions in Glasgow this afternoon, Ibrox’s pitch was in magnificent condition and is ready for the manager in charge’s first home league game.

Today, Fashion Jr and Scott Arfield replaced Ryan Kent and Steven Davis.

That meant it was an Allan McGregor back-five in goal with James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Calvin Bassey and Borna Barisic ahead of him.

Arfield joined Glen Kamara and Aribo in the middle of the park, while up front, Fashion Jr and Ianis Hagi performed to support Morelos.

The Gers started off with a lot of energy and threat, with the first real opportunity falling on Fashion Jr in 11 minutes. He superbly kicked Morelos inside the zone and pulled away from Cammy Kerr only to shoot at a sharp angle.

Goalkeeper Adam Legzdins retained a 30-yard free kick from Tavernier, while Fashion Jr had another chance that presented itself on goal when Morelos released him after winning the ball over Charlie’s 18-yard line. Adam.

The small Zambian international was then outmaneuvered by a great save from Legzdins, turning his effort around the post as he worked a yard of space for the shot at the back post, before the goalkeeper made a similar save for prevent Goldson from a header in the same area at the end of a Tavernier turn.

Finally, however, in the 36th minute, the first goal arrived, Joe Aribo claiming his fifth of the season.

The visitors were herded into their own half by the Gers, and eventually they were able to send the ball to Aribo to dance along the 18-yard line and with the help of a deflection, him gave the advantage with his shoot.

Morelos should have made it 2-0 when he was placed by Hagi after a sharper play, but Legzdins was sharply pulled away from his line to deny him, before he was again denied by the keeper of goal when played by Fashion Jr.

The Gers had camped Dundee again early in the second half, with Arfield desperately unlucky to see an effort diverted off the post by Legzdins, while Bassey stepped forward to test the distance keeper with a weak effort.

The keeper saved de Morelos again at his front post, before making another stunning save to stop Fashion Jr when he had a super run in the zone.

The pressure was going to say it at some point, and finally it did in the 55th minute, with Ryan Sweeney turning a ball from Aribo through the goal into his own net.

The Gers were happy enough to cede some possession to Dundee afterwards, and when the opportunity arose to block they did so in a dazzling way which ended with the third goal in the 70th minute.

Fashion Jr broke down on the left and fed Arfield in the middle. He slipped one for Morelos, who just made his way to goal despite the best efforts of the visiting defense before finishing well ahead of Legzdins.

Christie Elliot prevented Morelos from grabbing another by clearing his header from a Tavernier corner off the line, while McGregor somehow prevented a Griffiths effort in extra time to keep the sheet clean.

RANGERS: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic, Arfield, Kamara (Jack, 73) Aribo (Bacuna, 83), Fashion Jr, Hagi (Wright, 65), Morelos.

UNUSED SUBSCRIBERS: McLaughlin, Patterson, Lundstram, Roofe.

DUNDEE: Legzdins, Kerr, Marshall, Fontaine, Sweeney, Mullen (Cummings, 62), McGowan, Elliot, McCowan, McMullan, Adam (Griffiths, 54).

UNUSED SUBSCRIBERS: Lawlor, Jakubiak, Panter, Lamb.

REFEREE: Alan Muir

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