Match Preview

Rangers vs Dundee
Ibrox Park, KO 3pm
19th November 2016

Referee: William Collum
Linesmen: Frank Connor, Douglas Ross
Fourth Official: Steven Reid

Dundee go into this weekend’s tie vs Rangers looking for their first win at Ibrox in the League since 2001.

The Dee’s are coming off of back to back League victories which moved them off the bottom of the table which will undoubtedly boost the confidence on the team in the lead up to this clash.

Two weeks ago saw the best performance from the team so far this season as the players all played with a new-found character. We even saw players such as James Vincent who has struggled so far in my opinion, put in a great shift in the middle of the park. The star of the show was without a doubt youngster Craig Wighton who ran riot upfront.

Can the team carry on where they left off? I bloody well hope so! A positive result here has the potential to lift the Dee up to the lofty heights of sixth place if other results were to go our way. On the other hand, a defeat could see us end back at the bottom of the league.

The international break has given the squad a well-deserved rest and also the players who were carrying knocks and injuries, time to recover.

The only absentees from the team look to be midfielder Mark O’Hara and long term absentee James McPake. The captain has of course returned to full time training and even though it will be a while before he is ready to compete for a place in the starting IX, his presence will give the whole team a lift.

Rangers have remained undefeated so far at home this year but have suffered draws with Hamilton, Ross County and St Johnstone. Regardless, a trip to Ibrox will always be a daunting task for any team.

We have already faced Rangers this season which resulted in a 2-1 defeat for Dundee at Dens Park.

Hartley’s record as Dee manager vs Rangers:

Played: 2 Won: 0 Drawn: 0 Lost: 2 F: 1 A: 6

Match Facts

Dundee’s last win against Rangers took place at Ibrox on the 13th March 2001. Claudio Caniggia and Steven Milne scored to secure the victory.

Since then, Dundee have failed to beat Rangers in 15 league games.

We have also gone 7 straight defeats at Ibrox in the League since that win.

The Glasgow club are on their best ever undefeated streak against us in all competitions. They have currently gone 18 games without a loss.

Current Form

Dundee last 5 League games: LLLWW
Rangers last 5 League Games: WWDWD

Recent Record Vs Rangers

Last 5 League games at Ibrox Park: LLLLL
Last 5 League games at both grounds: LLLLL

Head to Head League Record

Total Games: 220
Dundee wins: 48
Rangers Wins: 126
Draw: 46
Dundee Goals: 241
Rangers Goals: 463

Head to Head League Record at Ibrox Park

Total Games: 109
Dundee wins: 14
Rangers Wins: 75
Draw: 20
Dundee Goals: 95
Rangers Goals: 264

Last League Game at Ibrox Park

Rangers 3-0 Dundee
11th December 2004

Rangers stamped their authority on this game in the very first five minutes of this clash.

Nacho Novo had the Glasgow team ahead after only a few minutes when Jonay Hernandez conceded a penalty after only 90 seconds and then it got even worse when Dado Prso slotted home to make it 2-0.

Dundee did have chances to get back into the game but Steve Lovell and Brent Sancho both squandered chances.

Bob Malcolm would then put the game to bed with a rare goal. The match would eventually end 3-0 to the hosts.

Goals:

Full match report on the BBC website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/4081585.stm

Memorable Match

Rangers 1 – 3 Dundee
23rd March 1985

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Dundee celebrate their second goal! Robert Connor is congratulated by John Brown, Stuart Rafferty, John McCormack and George McGeachie

Dundee celebrate their second goal! Robert Connor is congratulated by John Brown, Stuart Rafferty, John McCormack and George McGeachie vs Rangers 23/3/85
Dundee visited Ibrox in the hope of claiming all two points and moving to within five points of the Govan side and they did just that.

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Robert Connor and John Brown celebrate Ray Stephens goal

Goals from Stuart Rafferty, Bobby Conner and Ray Stephen sealed the win in front of a crowd of just 9,554.

This result also confined the Gers to their fourth defeat in five matches which included an earlier Defeat to Dundee also at home in the Scottish Cup the previous month.

Match Updates

You can also follow live updates on the Official Dundee Website and twitter page.

http://www.dundeefc.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/dundeefconline?lang=en-gb

@dundeefconline

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