Rangers 2-1 Dundee Utd: Antonio Cola scores twice as the Ibrox side claim victory


Antonio Cola put Rangers 2-0 up early in the second half

Antonio Colak scored twice on his 29th birthday as Rangers ended a three-game losing streak in the Scottish Premiership with a win over Dundee United.

Cola struck early in each half to make it nine goals for the season.

United, still without a league win this season, hit back when Liam Smith’s shot beat Allan McGregor.

The visitors pressed in the latter stages without testing McGregor again, while Rangers wasted good openings to make the contest more comfortable.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side remain second, two points behind Celtic – who visit St Mirren on Sunday – while United remain bottom.

There was an angry reaction from the fans inside Ibrox as a minute’s silence was observed before the kick-off.

After suffering three consecutive defeats against Celtic, Ajax and Napoli, the hosts made a whirlwind start amid a lively atmosphere, with Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield wasting big chances in front of goal.

However, Cola, who lost his place up front in midweek’s Champions League loss to Napoli, showed how it’s done after eight minutes when he drilled home the opener after excellent work from James Tavernier.

The Rangers captain robbed Ian Harkes deep in his own half and raced down the right before picking the perfect moment to lay the ball on the edge of the box.

United were pegged back for long periods but had a chance to see a goal in when Glenn Middleton’s shot was deflected wide of goalkeeper McGregor’s feet.

Cola struck again early in the second half, dispossessing Charlie Mulgrew to tap in a Borna Barisic cross.

It looked like the game was over, but the visitors came out of their defensive shells and soon reduced the lead.

Substitute Sadat Anaku made an immediate impact, playing a smart one-two with Tony Watt before finding Jamie McGrath on the edge of the box. McGrath then overlapped Smith and the defender’s shot went into the net after a McGregor touch.

United were committing more men going forward and the home fans were becoming increasingly frustrated with Rangers not regaining their two-goal cushion.

Charlie McCann, making his first league start, was guilty of a free-kick and goalkeeper Carljohan Eriksson made saves to thwart Scott Wright and Malik Tillman, with late clearances twice denying Colaki a hat-trick.

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Rangers

  1. Group number1Player nameMcGregor

  2. Group number2Player namebartender

  3. Group number6Player nameGoldson

  4. Group number38Player namethe king

  5. Group number31Player nameBarisic

  6. Group number4Player nameLundstram

  7. Group number8Player nameJack

  8. Group number37Player nameArfield

  9. Group number29Player nameMcCann

  10. Group number14Player nameKent

  11. Group number9Player nameCoke

  1. Group number23Player nameWright

  2. Group number71Player nameTillman

Dundee United

  1. Group number13Player nameEriksson

  2. Group number2Player nameSmith

  3. Group number12Player nameEdwards

  4. Group number4Player nameMulgrew

  5. Group number6Player nameGraham

  6. Group number16Player nameBehich

  7. Group number15Player nameMiddleton

  8. Group number23Player nameHarkes

  9. Group number19Player nameLevitt

  10. Group number18Player nameMcGrath

  11. Group number32Player nameWatt

  1. Group number3Player nameMcMann

  2. Group number20Player namemy son

  3. Group number28Player nameSix Cudjoe

The eleven

Rangers

training 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 2bartenderBooked in 37 minutes
  • 6Goldson
  • 38the kingBooked in 83 minutes
  • 31BarisicBooked in 84 minutes
  • 4Lundstram
  • 8Jackreplaced byTillmanin 70′minutes
  • 37Arfieldreplaced byWrightin 70′minutes
  • 29McCann
  • 14Kent
  • 9Coke

replacements

  • 3Yilmaz
  • 10Davis
  • 19the areas
  • 20Morelos
  • 23Wright
  • 26Davies
  • 28McCrorie
  • 30The jackal
  • 71Tillman

Dundee United

training 5-4-1

  • 13Eriksson
  • 2Smith
  • 12Edwards
  • 4MulgrewBooked in 84 minutes
  • 6Grahamreplaced byMcMannin 69′minutes
  • 16Behich
  • 15MiddletonBooked in 42 minutesreplaced bymy sonin 58′minutes
  • 23Harkes
  • 19Levitt
  • 18McGrath
  • 32Wattreplaced bySix Cudjoein 88′minutes

replacements

  • 3McMann
  • 7Neck
  • 14Sibbald
  • 17Meekison
  • 20my son
  • 22Freeman
  • 28Six Cudjoe
  • 31Newman
  • 39Thomson

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