GLASGOW. Rangers bested Dundee United to win 2-1. A. Colak was the key for his team after scoring 2 goals. It was Rangers to strike first with an early goal of A. Colak at the 8′. Then A. Colak scored again for Rangers in the 49′ minute scoring a double. Eventually, L. Smith reduced the distance for Dundee United (59′). Finally, that was it, and the result remained 2-1. Rangers was definitely superior in terms of ball possession (66%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Ibrox Stadium stadium in Glasgow on Saturday and it started at 3:00 pm local time. The referee was Kevin Clancy with the collaboration of Alastair Mather and Graham McNeillie. The 4th official was David Munro. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold at 14.1 degrees Celsius or 57.29 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 66%.
Rangers had a strong ball possession 66% while Dundee United was struggling with a 34% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Rangers was putting more pressure with 94 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 7 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Rangers won the match.
Rangers shot 17 times, 7 on target, 10 off target. Regarding the opposition, Dundee United shot 9 times, 4 on target, 5 off target.
Rangers received 3 yellow cards (J. Tavernier, L. King and B. Barisic). Talking about the opposition, Dundee United received 2 yellow cards (G. Middleton and C. Mulgrew).
After playing this match, Rangers will have 16 points to hold in the 2nd place. Regarding the opposition, Dundee United will stay with 2 points to sit in the 12th place.
In the next match in the Premiership, Rangers will host Celtic on the 2nd of January with a 23-19 head to head stats in favor of Celtic (9 draws).
Dundee United will play away agasint St. Johnstone on the 2nd of January with a 10-9 head to head statistic in favor of Dundee United (12 draws).
Rangers – Formation
Rangers started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).
The manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst decided to play with the following team: Allan McGregor, James Tavernier , Connor Goldson , Leon King , Borna Barišić , John Lundstram , Ryan Jack , Scott Arfield , Charlie McCann , Ryan Kent and Antonio Čolak .
The home team had on the bench: Robby McCrorie, James Sands, Rıdvan Yılmaz, Ben Davies, Malik Tillman, Steven Davis, Fashion Sakala, Scott Wright and Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers made 2 changes: S. Arfield for S. Wright (69′) and R. Jack for M. Tillman (70′).
Best player: Antonio Čolak
The player that probably impressed the most for Rangers was Antonio Čolak.
His rating iswith 2 goals, 15 passes (73% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 2 duels out of 9. He performed 2 crosses.
Dundee United – Formation
Dundee United started with a 5-4-1 line-up (5-4-1).
Jack Ross played with: Carljohan Eriksson, Liam Smith , Ryan Edwards , Charlie Mulgrew , Ross Graham , Aziz Behich , Glenn Middleton , Ian Harkes , Dylan Levitt , Jamie McGrath and Tony Watt .
These were the players on the bench: Jack Newman, Scott McMann, Kieran Freeman, Archie Meekison, Ilmari Niskanen, Mathew Anim Cudjoe, Miller Thomson, Craig Sibbald and Sadat Anaku.
Dundee United made 3 changes: G. Middleton for A. Sadat (58′), R. Graham for S. McMann (69′) and T. Watt for M. Cudjoe (88′).
Best player: Jamie McGrath
The most impressive player for Dundee United was Jamie McGrath.
His rating iswith 24 passes (62% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 14 duels out of 17. He performed 4 crosses.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Premiership.