BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, April 20, 2011
As the Scottish Premier League season enters into its final month, the Rangers posted an important 4-0 win on the road against Dundee United to keep their title hopes alive.
Maurice Edu once again earned the start for the Rangers and played the full 90 minutes.
The game itself was ugly as Dundee United picked up three straight red cards and conceded three spot kicks, who of which were converted by the 'Gers.
Rangers drew first blood in the 22nd minute when Dundee defender Mihael Kovacevic took down Rangers' Steven Naismith in the box as he tried to take advantage of a loose ball after a rebound. The referee quickly pointed to the spot and pulled out the red card ending Kovacevic's day.
Steven Whittaker would then easily convert the penalty to give Rangers a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Whittaker would double the lead at 2-0 with another penalty strike. This time the penalty was a result of Nikica Jelavic being taken down from behind in the box by Dundee's Sean Dillon who was also shown a straight red.
With Dundee now down to 9 men, the Rangers would continue to dominate.
In the 72nd minute, Rangers would move ahead 3-0 when Steven Davis unleashed a powerful long shot that Dundee goalkeeper Dusan Pernis was unable to control. Jelavic quickly pounced on the rebound slid it past Pernis from a tight angle.
Six minutes later, the wheels would continue to unravel for Dundee when Morgaro Gomis was shown the club's third red card of the day.
With a three man advantage for the remainder of the game, Rangers added a fourth goal in the 83rd minute when Kyle Lafferty hit a low driving left-footed shot from just outside the 18 past Pernis to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead which is how it ended.
The Rangers return to action on Sunday when they host Celtic in a game that could determine the Scottish Premier League title. Rangers currently sit in first place with a four point lead over Celtic. Rangers, however, have played two more games.