Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers set a brand new early-season shutout record as they cruised to victory over Dundee United.
Steven Gerrard’s facet notched up their seventh clear sheet of their first seven league video games with a robust efficiency at Ibrox.
Ryan Kent and James Tavernier netted within the first half, with Kemar Roofe and Scott Arfield including after the break.
But the hosts misplaced 4 gamers to harm throughout the afternoon.
Leon Balogun dropped out shortly earlier than kick-off, with Ryan Jack, Brandon Barker and Alfredo Morelos following him throughout the match.
Rangers stay three factors clear on the summit of the desk, whereas United’s third defeat in a row leaves them eighth.
It was a day that was meant to be about beating Celtic’s 114-year-old record for the variety of clear sheets from the beginning of a marketing campaign. And whereas it was achieved with ease, Rangers followers will likely be involved on the collateral injury accrued within the course of.
Balogun was the primary to fall. Named within the beginning line-up, he was changed previous to kick-off by Filip Helander. Just 11 minutes in, Jack additionally dropped out as he hobbled from the pitch.
Despite that setback, inside two minutes Gerrard’s group have been in entrance. A neat one-two between Kent and Ianis Hagi carved open the visiting defence for the previous. One stepover bought his marker for a while, a low end purchased him a aim.
The harm curse would quickly strike once more, although. Not lengthy later, Barker’s gallop for a unfastened ball noticed him pull up. His race was run, and on 39 minutes so was United’s.
Hagi was once more concerned as Borna Barisic discovered house on the left whereas the guests contracted to a slender defence. A whipped low ball was left by Ryan Edwards on the entrance publish, with Rangers captain Tavernier pouncing on the again publish on his 250th Rangers look.
United’s closest try and a aim within the first half got here moments later when a Peter Pawlett nook was missed by Jon McLaughlin, however Nicky Clark’s header floated simply extensive.
While Gerrard would have been involved at shedding three gamers earlier than the break, Morelos’ exit could be the largest blow. A excessive follow-through by Edwards caught the Colombian, the person who changed Barker, and he was finally eliminated on a stretcher.
Despite that setback, Rangers had sufficient to place the sport to mattress. Substitute Arfield’s shot flashed throughout aim, with Roofe sliding the ball in between the United centre-backs.
And there was nonetheless time for a fourth, Hagi once more the supplier, this time for Arfield to arc his effort away from the diving Benjamin Siegrist.
Man of the match – Ianis Hagi
What did we be taught?
There is character and choices on this Rangers squad. Losing 4 gamers and nonetheless being so dominant will undoubtedly please Gerrard as his group’s undefeated begin to the marketing campaign has them perched on the highest of the Premiership pile.
Yet, with a Europa League qualifier developing midweek towards Lincoln Red Imps, the Rangers supervisor will likely be forgiven for feeling a tad involved. He has a robust lot to select from, however the lack of Jack and Morelos will likely be a fear. The former has been a key participant this season, and the latter was final season’s Europa League prime scorer. A nervous await the prognosis on all 4 will certainly observe.
For United, it was all the time an uphill process however they did not spark right here. A slender defence was exploited, significantly down the appropriate, whereas Micky Mellon’s midfield simply could not get a grip on the sport.
The one optimistic is having Lawrence Shankland again on the pitch, albeit as an alternative. With three defeats on the bounce now, getting him firing should certainly be a precedence.
Rangers are in Europa League motion on Thursday with their journey to face Gibraltar minnows Lincoln Red Imps. For United, the go to of St Mirren subsequent Saturday within the Scottish Premiership awaits.
- 31BarisicBooked at 31minsSubstituted forBasseyat 58′minutes
- 8JackSubstituted forKamaraat 11′minutes
- 21BarkerSubstituted forMorelosat 23′minutesSubstituted forArfieldat 58′minutes
- 30NeilsonSubstituted forFreemanat 81′minutes
- 12EdwardsBooked at 70mins
- 20BoltonBooked at 7minsSubstituted forSporleat 81′minutes
- 4PowersSubstituted forChalmersat 45′minutes
- 8PawlettBooked at 83mins
- 10ClarkSubstituted forShanklandat 59′minutes
Match ends, Rangers 4, Dundee United 0.
Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Dundee United 0.
Attempt missed. Ryan Kent (Rangers) left footed shot from exterior the field is excessive and extensive to the left. Assisted by Scott Arfield.
Scott Arfield (Rangers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Robson (Dundee United).
Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.
Attempt saved. Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United) proper footed shot from the left facet of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Jamie Robson.
James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).
Goal! Rangers 4, Dundee United 0. Scott Arfield (Rangers) proper footed shot from the appropriate facet of the field to the highest left nook. Assisted by Ianis Hagi.
Attempt missed. Logan Chalmers (Dundee United) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is excessive and extensive to the left.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from exterior the field. Assisted by Jamie Robson with a cross.
Calvin Bassey (Rangers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Kieran Freeman (Dundee United).
Peter Pawlett (Dundee United) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Kemar Roofe (Rangers) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Pawlett (Dundee United).
Substitution, Dundee United. Kieran Freeman replaces Lewis Neilson.
Substitution, Dundee United. Adrián Sporle replaces Luke Bolton.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Benjamin Siegrist.