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Rangers 4-0 Dundee

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Highlights: Rangers 4-0 Dundee

Rangers produced a dominant display to see off Dundee and move second in the Premiership.

Kenny Miller and Jamie Murphy hit the woodwork before they combined for Miller to net the opener.

Alfredo Morelos made it 2-0 after the break with a tap-in from Daniel Candeias' cross before Murphy added the third.

Candeias capped an excellent display with the fourth goal, smashing the ball into the net from Graham Dorrans' pass.

With Aberdeen losing at Hearts, Rangers' win takes them second in the table, ahead of the Dons on goal difference.

Kenny Miller scores
Miller gave Rangers the lead before the break with a fierce drive

Ibrox fell silent before kick-off in tribute to former Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins, who passed away this week, having played for the Govan club from 1987-89.

The hosts, on the back of manager Graeme Murty's demand for a higher tempo, started the sharper and twice hit the frame of the goal as they searched for the opener.

Miller's close-range effort came back off the post following fine set-up work from Candeias before Murphy's wayward cross hit the bar.

Referee Greg Aitken waved away Dundee's claims for a penalty when they felt the ball hit Declan John's hand on one of their rare forays into the Rangers box in the opening half-hour.

The visitors' best chance - their only one of the first half -fell to Sofien Moussa but, after turning brilliantly in the box, he fired over the bar.

Ray Wilkins tribute
The Rangers fans paid tribute to Wilkins, who made 70 appearances for the club

The Taysiders fell behind when Murphy cut in from the left and set up Miller, who drilled the ball home from just inside the box.

Russell Martin and Morelos passed up chances to double the lead and after half-time Miller went close to a second, but his volley went wide from Roarie Deacon's attempted clearance.

Dundee's Simon Murray drew a decent save from Wes Foderingham but the striker should have done better, his control letting him down as he broke through.

Dundee then enjoyed a period of possession but it was all too brief from their point of view, with Candeias soon smashing an effort off the post at the other end before Miller screwed the rebound wide.

Jamie Murphy scores
Murphy scored Rangers' third after great work by Morelos

Neil McCann's side offered little and Rangers eventually grabbed a second. Candeias provided the perfect delivery into the area and Morelos tapped home his 18th goal of the season.

The Colombian soon showed the other side of his game as he took a fresh air swipe at another Candeias cross when he was well placed to double his tally.

Murty's men continued to impress with Miller knocking an effort wide of the post before Murphy put the result beyond doubt, passing the ball into the net after Morelos had robbed the Dee back line.

The 21-year-old striker, however, was shown a late booking for simulation after a collision with Dundee goalkeeper Elliot Parish, who was replaced with a facial injury. Morelos' manager branded the decision "nothing less than a joke" after the game, with the player now facing a one-match suspension.

Candeias crashed the ball high into the net after being set up by Dorrans late on to complete the rout.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 40McCrorieBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBruno Alvesat 65'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 33Martin
  • 3John
  • 48DochertySubstituted forHallidayat 62'minutes
  • 10Dorrans
  • 21Candeias
  • 9MillerSubstituted forGossat 78'minutes
  • 28Murphy
  • 20MorelosBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 16Halliday
  • 17Hodson
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 25Alnwick
  • 26Cummings
  • 27Goss
  • 29O'Halloran

Dundee

  • 12ParishSubstituted forFerieat 85'minutes
  • 5KusungaBooked at 43mins
  • 24Meekings
  • 4Caulker
  • 14O'Hara
  • 28SpenceSubstituted forWightonat 58'minutes
  • 8Kamara
  • 3Holt
  • 21Deacon
  • 9MoussaBooked at 54minsSubstituted forLeitch-Smithat 75'minutes
  • 17Murray

Substitutes

  • 2Kerr
  • 7Leitch-Smith
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 23Wolters
  • 33Wighton
  • 35Scott
  • 38Ferie
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
49,142

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 4, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Dundee 0.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Josh Meekings (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Calum Ferie.

Attempt saved. Graham Dorrans (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Dundee 0. Daniel Candeias (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Calum Ferie replaces Elliot Parish because of an injury.

Delay in match Elliot Parish (Dundee) because of an injury.

Booking

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Bruno Alves (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glen Kamara (Dundee).

Foul by Sean Goss (Rangers).

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

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Dundee 0. Jamie Murphy (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfredo Morelos.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Sean Goss replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Genséric Kusunga.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. A-Jay Leitch-Smith replaces Sofien Moussa.

Russell Martin (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Murray (Dundee).

Jamie Murphy (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Sofien Moussa (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Declan John.

Attempt blocked. Simon Murray (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Simon Murray (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Dundee 0. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Candeias.

Attempt missed. Simon Murray (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Bruno Alves (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Bruno Alves (Rangers).

Foul by Graham Dorrans (Rangers).

Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Bruno Alves replaces Ross McCrorie because of an injury.

Delay in match Ross McCrorie (Rangers) because of an injury.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32219262204272
2Rangers33195967382962
3Aberdeen33195950361462
4Hibernian331611649351459
5Kilmarnock32141084338552
6Hearts33111393530546
7Motherwell33108153643-738
8St Johnstone33108153247-1538
9Hamilton3186174156-1530
10Dundee3386193153-2230
11Ross County3368193857-1926
12Partick Thistle3367202657-3125
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