Dundee missed the chance to end their goal drought at home to Rangers with the visitors coming out on top 1-0 thanks to a 1st half strike by Joe Aribo, Jason Cummings missing a spot-kick in the process.
That’s 5 games without a goal for James McPake’s side, bringing sheer frustration to the home support, Dundee enjoyed a lot of exposure in the forward areas but weren’t effective enough to break a suspect Rangers backline.
The hosts showed their intent from the word go, Paul McMullan took on the whole Rangers team who saw an initial effort blocked before retrieving the ball, finding Leigh Griffiths which Jon McLaughlin gathered at the first attempt.
Rangers came close on ten minutes, Kemar Roofe’s stinging effort flying just wide of the right post before Dundee tested McLaughlin a few minutes later, Jordan McGhee getting on the end of a Liam Fontaine cross but McLaughlin
Steven Gerrard’s side got the breakthrough they desired on 16 minutes, Alfredo Morelos played in Joe Aribo well who dispatched with ease past the reach of Adam Legzdins into the far left corner making it 1-0 Rangers in the process.
Dundee were awarded a penalty on 59 minutes with Paul McMullan running free of Connor Goldson before rounding McLaughlin who took down the winger, getting booked in the process for his troubles.
Up stepped Jason Cummings who fired the penalty down the middle and it initially appeared to get the better of McLaughlin, who dived to his left, but the former Hearts goalkeeper did brilliantly to stop it with his trailing leg, however, before getting back up to punch it away when it looped towards goal.
Dundee boss James McPake was sent off after the full-time whistle for remarks made towards referee Bobby Madden as they left the pitch.
As Rangers picked up all 3 points in the City Of Discovery, here are 3 things we learned from the game:
All the work but little gloss to finish for Dens Park side
Dundee played some exciting, positive football for the duration of 90 minutes, however, it was a game tinged in frustration with forward players failing to break a Rangers side who were open and failing to be dangerous.
The penalty miss by Cummings on 59 minutes concluded the disappointment for Dundee, 5 games without a goal for the hosts.
Paul McMullan a star for Dundee
McPake labelled Paul McMullan as his best signing since taking over at Dens Park and it’s hard to argue why, his tenacity to expose backlines and trickery can’t be questioned.
The winger did very well, getting clear of Goldson before drawing the foul from McLaughlin.
Will Dundee reap the rewards
There’s a lot positive about Dundee’s play recently, there are understandable question marks around why Dundee have been misfiring in front of goal, one team will see the repercussions soon, which will in turn, benefit Dundee with more success along the way.
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