I know we have had a few games in the League Cup already at Dens Park but this is the big one, this is the first home League game of the season!
Now I know that some of you are going to mention that The Rangers are a totally different team and we haven’t played them in the League before and what not but please entertain me for a while as it took me bloody ages to put together all these stats!
It’s been a very long time since we have tasted victory over Rangers. In fact, it’s been seventeen matches since we last defeated them. That was way back on the 14th March 2001 at Ibrox when goals from Claudio Caniggia and Steve Milne gave the Dees a memorable 2-0 victory.
Looking even further back, we have gone a massive EIGHTEEN matches without a home win. Our last victory at Dens Park was certainly a memorable one, right from the trench coat, Theodora wearing manager in the dugout to the 90 minutes that was full of goals. Yes I’m talking about that 4-3 victory way back on the 15th August 1992.
So come Saturday, that will be 15 years, 4 months, 30 days since our last victory over Rangers and 23 years, 11 months, 29 days since our last win at Dens Park against them. I know we have spent the last decade in different leagues but that’s still the kind of stat that you would like to see wiped away as soon as possible.
A victory over Rangers at Dens Park is long overdue. It will certainly be a very tough tie, there is no doubt about that, but I feel we have the squad that can go out and get a result against anyone in this League.
At the time of writing this, a bid of £500,000 has been accepted for Greg Stewart from Birmingham but he has yet to agree to the personal terms so he will be in the squad for Saturday. Losing a player of his calibre will be a blow for any club but as we proved last weekend, we can handle not having the presence of Stewart in the line up. I do feel that we have the team that can handle the loss of his talent. On another note, having him in the team will be a huge boost for the club and supporters. It’s 99% certain that he will be away sooner than later though.
This game is a hard one to predict. I don’t think you could find a Dundee fan that wasn’t confident ahead of last season’s Scottish Cup tie including yours truly and even though we have every right as a fan to think we will go and win this game, I’m taking the cautious route.
DUNDEE got off to an absolute flyer on the opening League game of the season against Ross County with a 3-1 win. It had been five long years since we last went there and won but we managed to banish them demons with a truly professional display and also without our star player in the squad.
The whole team seemed to gel together perfectly, putting the disappointment of the Betfred League Cup campaign behind them. The new boys such as Vincent, Williams and especially O’Hara greatly impressed me while Rory Loy stepped up superbly to take over Kane Hemmings place. Kevin Holt had his best game in a Dundee top so far and the defense was solid.
RANGERS League campaign didn’t get off to the start they had hoped for. With the club unveiling the Scottish Championship flag at Ibrox, their crowd were anticipating nothing short of a win but instead they found themselves 1-0 down and had to rely on Martyn Waghorn to get them back into the game.
They dominated possession, scattered Hamilton’s goal with shots and came close to winning the game but ultimately, they couldn’t get that all important second goal.
Highest attendance against Rangers at Dens Park was 43,024 on the 7th February 1953. This was in the Scottish Cup and Rangers came out top 2-0 that day.
Dundee’s biggest win over Rangers took place at Dens Park on the 5th February 1938. They ran riot that day to win 6-1.
Jocky Scott is Dundee’s top goalscorer vs Rangers in the League with seven goals. He also scored against them in the Scottish Cup taking his tally to eight in all competitions. Despite being the all-time League goalscorer for Dundee against the Gers, he is however not the all-time goalscorer.
Alan Cousins proudly wins that honour with nine goals in all competitions for Dundee. He scored five in the League and four in the League Cup.
Head To Head Record
Total League Games:219
Dundee wins: 48
Rangers Wins: 125
Dundee Goals: 240
Rangers Goals: 461
Head to Head at Dens Park
Total League Games: 110
Dundee wins: 34
Rangers Wins: 50
Dundee Goals: 145
Rangers Goals: 197
We travel all the way back to our last win at Dens Park against Rangers which was in 1992.
We started out our season with two draws and a defeat while Rangers had got off to a flyer with two wins and a draw. It looked like a huge task for the Dee to take something off the current Scottish Champions.
Of course, Dundee would go on to win this thrilling game 4-3 thanks to goals from Ivo den Bieman, Ian Gilzean and Billy Dodds(2). Rangers goals came from Ally McCoist (2) and Ian Ferguson.
You can watch just under half an hour of highlights below!