Scottish Football: Durie keeps Rangers rolling

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TWO goals from Gordon Durie gave Rangers victory over Dundee United, their Scottish Cup final opponents, and moved the champions to within four points of retaining the title, writes David McKinney.

Victory over Motherwell in midweek, coupled with a win for Aberdeen at Hearts, means Rangers could seal a sixth successive title against Celtic at Ibrox next weekend.

Whatever the result, the last Old Firm game of the season will be a one-sided occasion, Celtic supporters denied access because of their club's refusal to pay for damage caused in previous encounters. There are stories in Glasgow of Celtic supporters managing to acquire tickets although, given the possibility of a picnic on Saturday afternoon, most may be grateful of the ban.

One cloud on the Rangers' horizon concerns Andy Goram. The goalkeeper has injured his back while recovering from a muscle tear, making him doubtful for the cup final on 21 May.

While Rangers look ahead with anticipation, Dundee will have First Division fixtures on their planner after being relegated thanks to two goals from Celtic's Pat McGinlay.