Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2011-2012 : Rangers

Sat, 3rd Dec 2011 Kick Off: 15:00

Rangers 2 Dunfermline 1

Saturday, 3rd Dec 2011

Burns and Kirk out, Cardle and Hardie in.Keddie own goal (21) 1-0; Jelavic (29 pen) 2-0; Cardle (31) 2-1;

Rangers v Dunfermline

MATCH PICTURES
The Pars travelled west to face the Scottish Champions on their own patch and they were hoping to do better than on their last visit.  That was in last season`s Co-operative Insurance Cup and although the visitors scored twice they did manage to lose seven!

This time Jim McIntyre was forced into changes since Paul Burns had joined the neverending injury list meaning Martin Hardie started in midfield - his first start since August.Joe Cardle came in for Andy Kirk who warmed the bench.

Rangers made three changes from the side that lost to Kilmarnock: Kyle Bartley, Gregg Wylde and Norwegian Thomas Bendiksen were preferred to Lee McCulloch, Kyle Lafferty and Ross Perry.  There was a West of Scotland monsoon pre match but the pitch looked good after spiking right up to kick off.

Pars fans at Ibrox

Dunfermline lined up 4-2-3-1 with Hardie and Mason in front of a back four, Willis, Graham and Cardle in front of them and Barrowman up front on his own. Rangers kicked off and although David Graham was allowed an early foray into the Rangers half, Sone Aluko making his Ibrox debut sped down the right to cross for Nikica Jelavic to turn the ball over the crossbar after only 33 seconds.

The home side kept up the pressure and Paul Gallacher was called upon to clear a few awkward pass backs. On seven minutes two drives at goal were struck against defenders.  Rangers won a corner on the right in ninth minute but Dorin Goian headed wide at the far post. Bendiksen picked out Jelavic next and he headed past the same side.

Andy Barrowman v Rangers

Another corner two minutes later found Edu at the far post but he was penalised for his challenge. The defence continued to be battered but survived thanks to a brave Potter block and a wayward Edu shot.

Allan McGregor was called upon to save from Barrowman in 17 minutes had he failed to take it, it would have been a blunder.  Back to the other end and Gallacher kept Aluko out at the left hand post.  There were then loud penalty appeals when Hardie brushed Aluko off the ball after he had rounded Paddy Boyle. Referee Steve Conroy waved play on.

Rangers 1 Dunfermline 0

On 21 minutes Rangers went ahead with a tragic own goal.  Rangers were pressing when on his own line Gallacher was forced to kick a Potter pass back, he cleared it on to Alex KEDDIE and the ball trundled back towards goal to enter it at the right post.

The Gers lead doubled in 29 minutes when Nikica JELAVIC scored from the spot.  Gallacher went the right way but was well beaten by the pace.  The penalty had been given for Hardie`s touch on Aluko on the right side of the box. It is doubtful whether there was actually any contact but the penalty was given.

Nikica Jelavic scores from the penalty spot

Two minutes later Joe CARDLE scored his second goal in as many games at Ibrox when he received a long diagonal pass from Hardie, twisted and turned his route through the right side of the Gers defence to drill the ball low past McGregor at his near post.  There was a deathly silence apart from the 200 strong Pars support in the north west corner. 2-1.

Joe Cardle scores against Rangers

Paul Willis brought McGregor into action again five minutes later when his cross to the six yard line eluded Barrowman and the keeper gathered. The Pars defence got a bit of a breather but Broadfoot`s dangerous cross in 39 minutes could have been worse news had his attack been present.

As half time approached the pressure that had come from Rangers in the opening 25 minutes wained and Willis managed another cross into the Gers box. The home side got deeper but were still dangerous from there when Wylde raced up the right only for Hardie to take it away.

Half Time: Rangers 2 Dunfermline 1

The rain pelted down for the restart but Cardle popped a shot wide right from 25 yards within 50 seconds. Bartley blazed a good chance over the bar in 49 minutes but won a corner? Rangers turned on the pressure yet again and there was a sustained offensive in the Dunfermline half without getting the ball close enough to goal to shoot.

The Pars were allowed to enjoy some possession and on 57 minutes Cardle won a corner on the left but that was only played back all the way to Gallacher!  Kyle Lafferty came on for Bendiksen but again Cardle won the ball on the right but Hardie blasted high and wide with a first time effort.

David Graham v Rangers

Gallacher kept out Jelavic on the hour to concede a corner that led to another. The Pars continued to frustrate Rangers and Barrowman then had a good chance two minutes later when another Cardle delivery picked out a player at the back post. The Ibrox crowd were growing increasingly impatient with their team.

Ryan Thomson v Rangers

Ryan Thomson replaced the exhausted Cardle as the game entered its final quarter. Boyle had to head behind for a corner in 71 minutes after Lafferty and Jelavic had played a neat one two.  Three minutes later Lafferty made Gallacher pull off another fine save. Pat Clarke became the second Pars sub used in 75 minutes when he was introduced for Hardie.

Ten minutes from the end Goian was yellow carded when he upended Willis, Andy Kirk came on for Barrowman before Clarke fired the free kick low into the box where Mason picked up the break of the ball to drive wide right.

David Graham v Rangers

Aluko curled an 85th minute effort wide left but really Rangers had failed to trouble Gallacher much in the second half. Jelavic failed to get in a shot when in front of goal next minute then Davis rocketed a free kick over the bar.

An 88th minute Pars corner saw all 11 Rangers players pulled back into their own box but when Willis` cross came in from the right, Keddie`s header sailed over the crossbar. The added two minutes at the end changed nothing and the Pars had lost out to an own goal and a soft penalty.  A good performance by the Fifers but no points to show for it.  It was the Rangers fans who were booing at the end.

RANGERS: Allan McGregor; Steven Whittaker, Dorin Goian, Kyle Bartley, Kirk Broadfoot, Steven Davis (c), Maurice Edu; Thomas Bendiksen (Kyle Lafferty 58), Gregg Wylde, Nikica Jelavic, Sone Aluko
SUBS NOT USED: Neil Alexander, Alejandro Bedoya, Lee McCulloch, Ross Perry, Juan Manuel Ortiz, Kane Hemmings.
SCORERS: Keddie (og 21), Jelavic (29 pen.)
YELLOW CARD: Goian (80)

DUNFERMLINE: Paul Gallacher, Andy Dowie, John Potter, Alex Keddie; Paul Willis, Gary Mason (c), Martin Hardie (Pat Clarke 75), David Graham, Joe Cardle (Ryan Thomson 68), Paddy Boyle; Andy Barrowman (Andy Kirk 81).
SUBS NOT USED: Liam Buchanan, Shaun Byrne, Scott Campbell, Chris Smith (GK)
SCORERS: Cardle (31)
YELLOW CARD: Thomson (84)

REFEREE: Steve Conroy
WEATHER: Rain, heavy at times 6°C
ATTENDANCE 47305

NEXT MATCH: (home) SPL v Kilmarnock
Saturday 10th December 2011. kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Rangers

Wednesday, 30th Nov 2011

Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between the clubs but the Pars success rate is just nine wins and fifteen draws.

Rangers v Dunfermline

Ticket Information

Dunfermline are back at Ibrox on league business for the first time in five years.  It will be the 100th league meeting between the clubs but the Pars success rate is just nine wins and fifteen draws. The Fifers are still seeking their first away win over Rangers in the Premier League; twenty two of the twenty five Premier League visits to Ibrox have ended in defeat.

Premier League v Rangers (away)

Pld

W

D

L

F

A

25

0

3

22

11

79

Andy Barrowman v Rangers

The last Pars league victory at Ibrox was in April 1972, almost 40 years ago. Jim Leishman scored the winning goal that day (as he never forgets to tell us), with the other goals coming from Ken Mackie, Kenny Thomson, plus an own goal from Sandy Jardine.

Milestones Rangers (away)

Last League Victory

27/04/72

4-3

Div One*

Last League Defeat

11/11/06

0-2

SPL

Best League Victory

27/04/72

4-3

Div One*

Worst League Defeat

22/12/34

1-8

Div One*

*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline`s last league win over Rangers was in December 2003 when a Stevie Crawford goal and Vanoli own goal handed the Pars a rare 2-0 win. However the 12 matches since then have seen the Gers win ten and draw two. When these teams met, at East End Park on 24th September it was an easy 4-0 win for McCoists` men.

Dunfermline v Rangers

Last Twelve League Matches v Rangers

Date

H/A

F-A

Scorers

24/09/11 H 0-4 [0-1] Bocanegra, [0-2] Edu, [0-3] Naismith, 
[0-4] Naismith
21/01/07 H 0-1 [0-1] Adam
11/11/06 A 0-2 [0-1] Boyd, [0-2] Smith
13/08/06 H 1-1 [0-1} Buffel, [1-1], O Morrison
25/03/06 A 0-1 [0-1] Kyrgiakos
26/12/05 H 3-3 [1-0] Tod,[1-1] Lovenkrands, [1-2]  Burchill, [2-2] Lovenkrands, [2-3] Burke, [3-3] Darren Young
01/10/05 A 1-5 [0-1] Buffel, [0-2] Prso, [1-2] Hunt, [1-3] Nieto, [1-4] Lovenkrands, {1-5] McCormack
17/04/05 H 0-1 [0-1] Prso
15/01/05 A 0-3 [0-1] Thompson, [0-2] Andrews, [0-3] Rae
27/10/04 H 1-2 [1-0] Brewster, [1-1] Boumsong, [1-2] Novo
16/05/04 H 2-3 [1-0] Dempsey, [1-1] Ricksen, [1-2] Burke, [1-3] McCormack, [2-3] Dempsey
23/03/04 A 1-4 [0-1] Hutton, [0-2] Lovenkrands, [1-2] Tod, [1-3] Ronald de Boer, [1-4] Mols

Calum Woods celebrates goal at Ibrox

Dunfermline were at Ibrox on Co-operative Insurance Cup duty in September last year, scored two but lost seven.

Rangers  Dunfermline
Current League Position
1 10
Current League Points
39 14
Goal Difference
+23 -15
Last 6-Match Form
DWWWDL DLWLLD
Home / Away Record
P8, W5, D3, L0 P8, W3, D1, L4
Leading Scorers
  N Jelavic (9
S Naismith (9)
 Andy Kirk (4)

Jim McIntyre and Ally McCoist

Rangers lost at Kilmarnock on Sunday but at home this season have lost only once to Malmo in the Champions League.  Dunfermline have picked up ten points from their eight away games with three wins and one draw.

   Recent Form - home / away
  Rangers (home)  

 

 

 

  Dunfermline (away)
  St Johnstone D 0-0   Celtic L 1-2
  Dundee United W 3-1   St Mirren L 1-2
  St Mirren D 1-1   Hibernian W 1-0
  Hibernian W 1-0   Inverness Caley Th D 1-1
  Kilmarnock W 2-0   Aberdeen L 0-4
  Celtic W 4-2   Kilmarnock L 2-3

 Allan McGregor & Paul Gallacher

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Aberdeen): Paul Gallacher, Andy Dowie, John Potter, Alex Keddie; Paul Willis (Nick Phinn 78), Gary Mason (c), Paul Burns (Martin Hardie 63), David Graham, Paddy Boyle; Andy Kirk (Liam Buchanan 69), Andy Barrowman,
SUBS NOT USED: Chris Smith (GK), Joe Cardle, Ryan Thomson, Kerr Young.

RANGERS (v Kilmarnock): Allan McGregor; Ross Perry, Kirk Broadfoot, Dorin Goian, Steven Whittaker; Steven Davis, Lee McCulloch, Sone Aluko, Maurice Edu; Kyle Lafferty, Nikica Jelavic
SUBS: Neil Alexander, Alejandro Bedoya, Juan Manuel Ortiz, Kyle Bartley, Matt McKay, John Fleck, Kane Hemmings

Referee will be Steve Conroy who was also in charge of the last Pars league match at Ibrox back in 2006.

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