Dundee 1-2 Rangers: Connor Goldson scores late winner after Aaron Ramsey opens Scottish Premiership account

Connor Goldson’s 86th-minute goal gave Rangers a late victory at Dundee as they managed to cut the gap on Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic back down to three points.

Rangers had to come from behind after the game was first delayed and then halted pretty much as soon as it got under way, as stewards were forced to clear away tennis balls and paper that had been thrown onto the pitch by fans.

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Rangers fans protest at the Old Firm friendly scheduled to take place in Australia with ticker tape and tennis balls.

The frustration deepened for the Rangers players when Christie Elliott gave the home side a sixth-minute lead. Jordan Marshall fashioned an opening down the left flank and floated the ball towards the back post for Elliott, who nodded home on his first appearance for Mark McGhee.

Marshall continued to threaten before the best clear-cut opening of the half for Rangers with Alfredo Morelos heading a Calvin Bassey cross inches wide.

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Christie Elliott gives Dundee the lead against Rangers.

Rangers should have got themselves on level terms just before half-time after they were generously awarded a penalty when Jordan McGhee was adjudged to have pulled Morelos’ shirt.

But Rangers captain James Tavernier blasted his penalty high and wide to the left as Rangers failed to register a single shot on target in the first half.

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Aaron Ramsey scores his first goal for Rangers as they draw level at Dundee.

Morelos hit the corner of post and bar on the hour-mark before Dundee goalkeeper Ian Lawlor was called into action to deny the Colombian again and save efforts from Ramsey and substitute Joe Aribo.

Rangers’ best spell of the game produced dividends as another substitute, Kemar Roofe, headed a Ryan Kent cross back across goal for Ramsey to bundle into the back of the net.

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James Tavernier misses a penalty for Rangers after Alfredo Morelos is fouled in the area.

And with just four minutes of normal time remaining, Goldson reacted quickest to a Roofe strike on goal that had rebounded to give Rangers their first lead of the afternoon.

The win keeps the race for the title wide open with an Old Firm game at Ibrox to come straight after the international break.

What’s next?

Rangers host Celtic after the international break on Sunday April 3, live on Sky Sports

Aberdeen are the visitors for Dundee the day before on Saturday April 2

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