United began to unravel and space opened up for Sone Aluko to exploit, which
he promptly did with two goals inside three minutes, the first when he
romped into the penalty box on the left to drive smartly between Pernis and
the near post and then when got free for a low shot which left the
There was a United revival of sorts after the interval, with Jon Daly and
Jonny Russell unable to convert clear chances, while Jamie Ness and the
rarely seen Alejandro Bedoya took Rangers to a nap score, which delighted
Motherwell, whose English striker, Michael Higdon, said: “Over the course of
the year we have thoroughly deserved it. We have been third all year. If you
ask every manager in the SPL, they would say we deserved it.
“I’m just delighted for the fans and the lads. We have worked so hard all
year. I’m just made up. I’ve seen Motherwell play in Europe a few times and
that’s what I want to experience.”
Scotland’s second Champions League participants enter at the same stage as
champions Celtic, the third qualifying round, but in a different part of the
There will be 10 teams in the non-champions section of the round and
Scotland’s representatives will be unseeded. The third team from Portugal,
currently Braga, and the Ukrainian runners-up (either Dynamo Kiev or
Shakhtar Donetsk) will definitely be seeded.
The other three seeded teams are likely to come from Russia, Holland and
Greece but it depends on who finishes runners-up in those countries. The
runners-up from Belgium, Denmark, Romania and Turkey will make up the
Motherwell chief executive Leeann Dempster has valued the prize money for that
round at more than £110,000 while the club could expect to make more from
gate receipts and television money. Victory would put them into the
play-offs for the group stages and defeat would send them into the Europa
And Rangers? Brian Kennedy, the Sale Sharks owner, was alongside Paul Murray,
organiser of the Blue Knights consortium, who are still vying with Bill
Miller for control of the stricken club. Murray told The Daily Telegraph:
“This will carry on into tomorrow.”
So, no change there, then.
Rangers (4-4-2): McGregor; Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Wallace;
Whittaker, Edu, McCabe, Ness (Broadfoot 61); Kerka (McCulloch 80), Aluko
(Bedoya 74). Subs: Alexander (g), Perry, Mitchell. Booked: Edu.
Dundee United (4-4-2): Pernis; Neilson, Dillon, Kenneth (Watson h-t),
Dixon; Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Mackay-Steven (Douglas h-t); Daly, Russell
(Dow 75). Subs: Banks (g), Swanson, Armstrong.
Referee: A Muir.
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