Jason Cummings misses penalty as visitors hold on – .

Jason Cummings misses penalty as visitors hold on – .

Paul McMullan (right) was awarded a penalty for Dundee, but Jason Cummings’ free kick was saved

Rangers remain at the top of the Scottish Premiership with their first win at Dundee in five years, won after Jason Cummings missed a penalty.

Joe Aribo’s second goal of the season separated the teams at the break after a half in which the hosts missed a number of chances.

And Dundee extended their run to five scoreless games after Cummings’ second-half shot was saved.

This leaves the low side of James McPake, still looking for a first league victory.

And his frustration was evident full time as he received a red card from Bobby Madden after protesting to officials on the pitch.

Rangers, however, remain ahead of Hearts at the top after beating a two-game losing streak and a draw in their previous visits to Dens, as well as a further loss to United earlier this season.

Many eyes were on Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths after being indicted by Scottish police for ‘culpable and reckless’ driving after apparently launching a rocket at a fan booth in the Cup midweek defeat of the League against St Johnstone.

As well as being on loan from Celtic, the striker’s desperation to score was clear. But twice in the opening minutes he wasted some good chances with heads at point blank range.

Two more came their way, a pounding volley to the near post and a left-footed shot from inside the box, but both times goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin was behind the effort.

And a frustrating day was going to get worse for Griffiths, who limped before half-time with an ankle injury.

These weren’t the only big opportunities that presented themselves to Dundee as they looked to end a scoreless four-game streak – Jordan McGhee headed straight for McLaughlin from six yards away.

However, as so often happens in these games, the underdogs were punished for not taking a chance as Aribo quickly put the champions in the lead.

James Tavernier found Alfredo Morelos, who sent a delicious ball on the way to Aribo and he finished calmly ahead of Adam Legzdins.

The Rangers had been – and continued to be – unusually quiet, but sometimes threatened for a second. Kemar Roofe forced a save from Legzdins, and Connor Goldson found his way to the goal blocked by his own teammate Morelos.

Dundee was testing the visitors on set pieces and Ryan Sweeney’s header was on target, but the Rangers started to gain more control, with John Lundstram forcing a save and Morelos shooting past six yards.

That was until Dundee got a penalty after Paul McMullan was caught by McLaughlin’s leg – who was cautioned, rather than sent off, after referee Madden felt he had made a real effort to win the ball – and the home team had a gold medal opportunity to end their barren run.

However, Cummings’ cross-goal effort destroyed the goalie’s foot and he was beaten on the rebound as McLaughlin released a punch.

Still, the home side had chances with McGhee heading a header from the wrong end of a post, but their poor run in front of goal continues and they remain entrenched at the bottom of the table.

Man of the Match – Joe Aribo

Rangers’ Aribo scored an excellent goal and was lively throughout

What have we learned?

Dundee couldn’t have done much more to end their poor pass in front of goal, but it’s now been five games without a scoring for the last Premiership club and they have yet to win a game in seven matches. championship.

Rangers have at times shown the weaknesses that have worried fans this season, especially on set pieces with the home side causing a lot of problems, but they are still leading the league and in the Coupe de la Coupe semi-finals. League.

What did they say?

Dundee Director James McPake: “Anyone who watched the game would say we should have come away with something.

“We would still have half an hour to play 11 against 10 [if McLaughlin had been dismissed]. If you make a real attempt [to play the ball] it’s not a red card, but McMullan is by his side as he attempts an attempt. “

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard on Rangers TV: “We came here for three points. No one will remember how we got them.

“I also managed to keep people cool for Thursday [against Sparta Prague], so a lot of positive points to remember. “

And after?

Rangers travel to Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday (5:45 p.m. BST), before hosting Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday (3:00 p.m.). Dundee will be next in action on Saturday at St Johnstone (3pm BST).

Player of the match

SakalaMode Sakala


  1. Squad number1Player nameLegzdins

  2. Squad number5Player nameSweeney

  3. Squad number3Player nameMarshal

  4. Squad number4Player nameFontaine
  5. Squad number14Player nameAshcroft
  6. Squad number24Player nameAnderson
  7. Squad number18Player nameMcMullan
  8. Squad number8Player nameByrne
  9. Squad number6Player nameMcGee
  10. Squad number2Player nameKerr
  11. Squad number35Player nameCummings
  12. Squad number29Player nameGriffiths
  13. Squad numberdixPlayer nameMcGowan
  14. Squad number7Player nameJakubiak


  1. Squad number30Player nameSakala
  2. Squad number22Player nameBacuna
  3. Squad number23Player nameWright
  4. Squad number33Player nameMcLaughlin
  5. Squad number3Player nameBassey
  6. Squad number2Player nameTavernier
  7. Squad number6Player nameGoldson
  8. Squad number20Player nameMorelos
  9. Squad number26Player nameBalogun
  10. Squad number17Player nameAribo
  11. Squad number25Player nameRoof
  12. Squad number18Player nameBedroom
  13. Squad number7Player nameHagi
  14. Squad number4Player nameLundstram



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Legzdins
  • 14Ashcroft
  • 4Fontaine
  • 5Sweeney
  • 2Kerr
  • 24AndersonReplaced byMcGowanTo 62′minutes
  • 8ByrneReplaced byJakubiakTo 74′minutes
  • 6McGee
  • 3MarshalBooked at 53 minutes
  • 18McMullan
  • 29GriffithsReplaced byCummingsTo 39′minutes


  • 7Jakubiak
  • dixMcGowan
  • 17McCowan
  • 20Panther
  • 21Lawlor
  • 23Sheridan
  • 35Cummings


Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 33McLaughlinBooked at 59 minutes
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 26Balogun
  • 3Bassey
  • 18Bedroom
  • 4Lundstram
  • 7HagiReplaced byWrightTo 73′minutes
  • 17AriboBooked at 90 minutes
  • 20MorelosReplaced bySakalaTo 67′minutes
  • 25RoofReplaced byBacunaTo 82′minutesBooked at 90 minutes


  • 1Mcgregor
  • dixDavis
  • 16Patterson
  • 22Bacuna
  • 23Wright
  • 30Sakala
  • 31Barisique
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