McLeish left to fume as Rangers collapse

Dundee United 2 Rangers 0
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Dundee United celebrated their first victory over Rangers in almost three years thanks to first-half goals from Mark Kerr and Andy McLaren. And yesterday's result saw last year's treble winners fall even further behind Celtic in the championship race.

The hundreds of Rangers fans whose journey to Dundee was delayed by a road closure must have wished they were back in a traffic jam when Kerr and McLaren notched a goal each in a three-minute spell.

Rangers had created early chances with the recalled Michael Mols heading over and Mikel Arteta denied by a combination of a deflections off a defender, goalkeeper Paul Gallacher's outstretched hand and an upright.

But United's reply was to score twice in three minutes and Kerr's opener was a stunner, a drive from the edge of the area that bounced in off the crossbar. McLaren supplied the cross from the left, and with Rangers backline unable to clear properly, Jim McIntyre challenged Fernando Ricksen and headed down for Kerr's ferocious shot.

Rangers defence appeared to be in shock and moments later they allowed Barry Robson's corner to find McLaren , who bundled the ball home from close range.

Emerson scuffed a shot wide and Frank de Boer saw a free-kick deflected away off Chris Innes as Rangers sought a route back into the match. The Rangers manager, Alex McLeish, told his under-performing senior players that they may have played themselves out of next week's Old Firm Scottish Cup clash. Only goalkeeper Stefan Klos can be regarded as a certain starter at Parkhead on Sunday: "There are players who didn't play today who are available for next week and will have a chance of playing after that performance," said McLeish.

"Nobody in the outfield today can say they did themselves justice. I will make changes without any explanation whatsoever and I don't think any player can come and knock on my door."