Rangers 0 Dundee United 0
Second and third in the table clashed in what was an entertaining goalless draw at Murray Park this afternoon. Billy Kirkwood’s side would be feeling it was an opportunity missed as they had the better chances to secure the three points.
It was the visitors who started the game better and after six minutes Ryan Dow brought out a fine save from Grant Adam who turned his effort round his left hand post. Two minutes later good play on the right involving, David Shaw, Stuart Armstrong and Scott Allan released Shaw inside the box but Adam saved bravely at the full-back’s feet.
On 17 minutes only a stunning save from keeper Marc McCallum prevented Rangers taking the lead. Archie Campbell cut in from the left and unleashed a tremendous shot from 25 yards, it looked a goal all the way till McCallum got the slightest touch to divert the ball on to the bar. Four minutes later another Campbell run down the left sent up Kyle Hutton with a chance from the edge of the box, his shot was powerful enough but too straight to trouble McCallum.
And it was the Dundee United keeper that rescued his side on 24 minutes, Kal Naismith teed up Rhys McCabe to shoot from 25 yards, the United keeper couldn’t hold his effort andwith Kane Hemmings looking certain to net the rebound McCallum recovered to deny the striker from point-blank range. Just on the stroke of half time a strong run from midfield by Kyle Hutton saw him release Campbell inside the box but his effort was weak and McCallum saved easily.
Half-Time:- Rangers 0 Dundee United 0
Rangers started where they left off, on the front foot and Naismith had a half chance when a long diagonal ball found its way to him at the back post, but he shot wide. Five minutes into the second-half McCallum blocked a close range Hemmings effort with his legs after he was given the chance from a Naismith cutback.
A minute later the ball broke to Gregg Wylde following a throw in and his shot flashed just wide. A couple of minutes later Dundee United threatened, Kris Irvine broke down the right and his pass inside was met by Gavin Stokes and Adam had make a smart save..
With Fifteen minutes remaining Hutton sent Campbell clear on the right and his low cross flashed across the six yard box with no takers. A minute later and Rangers came close to breaking the deadlock, the ball was worked to Gordon Dick at the edge of the box and his effort was deflected just wide, with keeper McCallum beaten.
The final minute saw the last effort on goal when following a throw-in Hemmings tried his luck from the edge of the box with keeper McCallum saving comfortably low to his right.
Full-Time:- Rangers 0 Dundee United 0
Rangers :- Grant Adam, Scott Durie, Chris Scott, Darren Cole, Gregg Wylde; Kyle Hutton, Kamil Wiktorski (Gordon Dick 74mins), Rhys McCabe; Kal Naismith ( Dylan McGeough 64 mins), Kane Hemmings, Archie Campbell.
Not Used:- Mark Weir, Kyle McAusland, Christiano Kisuka
Dundee United:- Marc McCallum. David Shaw, Craig Hill, Ross Smith (Kris Irvine 40mins), Grant Mosson; Scott Allan (Liam Scott 89mins), Gavin Stokes, Michael Lee, Ryan Dow; Robert Thomson (John Murray 68mins), Stuart Armstrong.
Not Used:- Louis Swanson, Willie Robertson.