ALL SQUARE FOR UNDER-21's
Dundee 2 (Milne 23, McLean 80)
It was all-square in the SPL Under-21 League fixture at Dumbarton, Rangers drawing 2-2 with Dundee.
The Ibrox line-up was a young one, with the only experienced players being Christian Nerlinger and Russell Latapy.
An all-action first-half began - as it would end - with Rangers on the attack, Stephen Dobbie seeing his drive from a Paul McHale pass being tipped over by
Dundee goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.
The Ibrox youngsters took the lead in 21 minutes from the penalty spot when Kris Brash upended Chris Burke as the winger went through on a Dobbie pass. Dobbie himself did the needful from the spot.
Two minutes later - all against the run of play - Stephen Milne equalised with a 25-yard chip that went in off the underside of the bar.
Rangers were presented with the ideal opportunity to regain the lead on the half-hour when Steven McLean, homing in on goal, was dragged back by Kieren
McGuinnis for a clear penalty. Indeed by the letter of the law the Dens defender ought to have walked, yet the only card shown was a yellow to Langfield for
dissent. The goalkeeper needn't have bothered - he saved Dobbie's effort.
Taking heart from that escape, Dundee took the initiative with Mark Robertson testing Allan McGregor with a twenty-yard drive in 36 minutes.
Rangers finished the half on top however. McHale shot wide from a Burke opening in forty minutes, then McLean was inches away from the winger's low driven cross two minutes later.
Stephen Dobbie twice came close in the closing seconds, but the half ended all square at 1-1.
The game should have been won at the interval, but the second-half would be a different matter, with fewer chances created - the first worthy of note arriving
midway through when a Burke cross found Dobbie whose volley was blocked by Langfield.
Dundee should have been dead and buried, yet should have taken the lead in 72 minutes when Duncan McLean hit the post from point-blank range.
That near-miss should have served as a warning to the Light Blues, yet in 80 minutes Dundee took the lead when Milne released McLean through the middle, the Dens youngster making no mistake to put his side 2-1
The lead lasted just two minutes however - Steven McLean creating an opening with a clever turn from substitute Tom Brighton's cross before rifling the
ball home via an upright.
Rangers went all out for a winner, but were denied right at the death when McHale blasted Burke's cross straight at Langfield.
RANGERS McGregor; Hutton, Reid (Coyle 76); Dowie, W. Gibson, Nerlinger; Latapy (Brighton 65), McHale, S. McLean, Dobbie (B. McLean 85), Burke
UNUSED SUBS Smith, Dale
DUNDEE Langfield; Khizanishvili, Brash; McGinnis, Thompson (Watson 68), Beith; Jablonski, Robertson, Milne, McLean, Forbes
UNUSED SUBS Narey, Walker, Youngson, Vanderdeyl