Sunday, March 14, 2010
Both DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu were late second half substitutes as Rangers let a late two goal lead slip away to Dundee United in their Scottish Cup quarterfinal contest at Ibrox Stadium on Sunday.

Edu entered the match in the 74th minute and replaced Kevin Thomson while Beasley came on for Spanish attacker Nacho Novo in the 84th minute.

For the third consecutive time, Rangers will face a replay in cup play with March 24th set as the date for the rematch with the Arabs.

The Glasgow faithful saw the visitors dash ahead in the 24th minute when Andis Shala scored the first goal. Shala had actually come in just minutes before for an injured Damian Casalinuovo and immediately made his mark when he scored off of a Rangers turnover in their own area.

Much like in last weekend's victory over St. Mirren, the early deficit stirred the Light Blues to mount a comeback and ten minutes later Kris Boyd equalized via penalty kick after United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis had dragged down Kenny Miller in the area.

Just two minutes before halftime, Rangers were awarded another penalty kick after Sean Dillon shoved Boyd in the area. The Scottish Premier League leading scorer stepped to the spot and easily coverted sending the hosts to the locker room with the lead.

Rangers looked to have put the match away early in the second half after Nacho Novo extended the lead to two with a goal in the 47th minute.

But a costly Stevie Whittaker own goal gave United a lifeline in the 63rd minute and set off a round of clock-watching inside of Ibrox Stadium.

United's Morgaro Gomis sent a shot towards goal which deflected off the head of Whittaker and past netminder Allan McGregor and into the back of the net.

The unexpected goal fired up the Tannadice club who began pushing for the equalizer and it would arrive in the 80th minute when a Shala header glanced off the crossbar and right to Mihael Kovačević who poked it in shocking the home fans.

Beasley's insertion into the lineup was a last gasp attempt by the Rangers coaching staff to find a late goal but the US international never got the opportunity to be a hero.

Rangers now turn their attention towards the Scottish League Cup final which will see them face St. Mirren at Hampden Park in Glasgow.