Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Saturday November 27 2010
Sun 28th Nov
Dundee United should be in excellent spirits after claiming a late draw at Celtic last weekend. This time around they come up against the other half of the Old Firm, Rangers at Tannadice, in the noon kick-off on Sunday afternoon. Rangers currently have a three-point lead at the top of the division, although they could well find themselves demoted into second place by the time the contest begins. The Taysiders are right in the middle of the division at present and will need some reward in order to keep up the pressure on those immediately above them.
"Both teams will be at it with only one thing in mind, to win the game by playing good football," Tangerines manager Peter Houston told BBC Scotland. "It's normally end to end when the Old Firm come to town, played in the right spirit and at a high tempo. Vladimir Weiss had a fantastic game against us at Ibrox earlier in the season when Rangers won 4-0. He gave us a hard time and caught us a bit short to be fair, but since then we've seen him in action a few times so he's not the unknown quantity he was back then."
Rangers manager Walter Smith doesn't believe his side will be too downhearted following their midweek defeat: "We know our Champions League games are always going to be extremely tough and that was the case again on Wednesday," he told Rangers official website. "But we have handled the situation before where we've lost in Europe then come back and played well at the weekend. We'll have to do that again this weekend because if we don't play to our normal standards, Dundee United will be more than capable of winning."
Dundee United will be without defensive trio Darren Dods, Scott Severin and Mihael Kovacevic through injury, while winger Craig Conway is also still an absentee.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Watson, Dixon, Douglas, Kenneth, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Swanson, Gomis, Buaben, Shala, Cadamarteri, Goodwillie, Daly, Russell, Dow, Armstrong, Mentel, Banks
Slovakian international goalkeeper and a real inspiration and reliable presence at the back for the hosts.
Rangers travel to Tannadice without the sidelined Sasa Papac, Madjid Bougherra, Maurice Edu and Kyle Lafferty. But striker James Beattie returned as a substitute against Manchester United in the Champions League in midweek.
Rangers (from): McGregor, Whittaker, Foster, Weir, Broadfoot, Davis, McCulloch, Naismith, Miller, Fleck, Weiss, Loy, Perry, Kerkar, Wylde, Hutton, Alexander, Beattie
Already tormented the home side once this season when Rangers came out 4-0 winners at Ibrox.
Dundee United approach the game with an excellent 1-1 draw at Celtic in their last game, while Rangers lost narrowly to Manchester United in their Champions League fixture at Ibrox in midweek.
Date:Saturday November 27 2010
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|Dundee United||0||-||1||St. Johnstone|
|Ross County||1||-||0||Dundee United|
|5. Ross County||38||13||14||11||-1||53|
|8. Dundee United||38||11||14||13||-11||47|
|11. St. Mirren||38||9||14||15||-13||41|
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