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Friday, 2 September 2011

"Rangers Held at Dens - an exciting contest"

Or so went the Herald headline for the match report of the 1-1 draw in the League Cup between Dundee and Rangers on 30th August, 1961. Rangers failed to win for the first time that season and fell behind in the third minute to a Robertson goal. Dundee's attack showed up well with Cousin and Gilzean, the latter recently selected to represent the Scottish League against Eire, receiving the best plaudits. The Dundee defence; however, was not so well received:

"Rangers' four man attack had the Dundee defence- Ure excepted-shaken at times. Cox lost almost every duel with Scott, who might have won the game for Rangers had his finishing been as accurate as his work in the outfield. 

Cox, unfortunately, resorted to tactics which were hardly in character for him."

Nevertheless, it was described as Dundee's best display of the season, and these two sides would still have two mouth watering ties to come...

The result cemented Rangers' place in the quarter finals of the cup.

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