CHAD WINGER - Sunday, September 19, 2010
Maurice Edu started and went 70 minutes as two strikes from Kenny Miller helped to keep Rangers perfect at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a beatdown of Dundee United at Ibrox Stadium.
The eventual game-winner came in just the ninth minute when Sean Dillon contrived to clear a Steven Davis cross intended for Nikica Jelavic past his own keeper.
Morgaro Gomis had perhaps the best chance of the match for the Tangerines just before the break when a botched Edu clearance from a Jon Daly flicked on header went just wide.
Jelavic nearly doubled the lead seconds after returning from the dressing room with a laser shot. The Croatian striker next connected with a Steven Whittaker cross, but the header was wayward.
United keeper Dusan Pernis then withstood a barrage of shots, beginning with a Whittaker drive in the 52nd and ending with McCulloch offering shortly thereafter. Nearing the hour mark, a timely Pernis intervention of a Jelavic cross intended for Miller kept the visitors in the match.
But Rangers were not to be denied, and in the 69th minute the lucky Miller was in the right place at the right time as Jelavic shanked a volley badly and the ball fell to the Scot who buried it from eight yards out.
Edu was pulled just moments later for Steven Naismith and the move paid off offensively seven minutes later when he headed home a cross from the ageless David Weir.
Miller closed out the rout in the 82nd when he tapped home the simplest of Jelavic assists.
With the victory Rangers stayed perfect on the season with five wins from as many matches and are now in a virtual tie with Glasgow rivals Celtic who also have 15 points and a goal differential of 10.
Next up is a Scottish League Cup contest with Dunfermline on Tuesday before returning to league play on Sunday by visiting fourth place Aberdeen.