Scottish Cup: Nil-all at half-time between Rangers and Dundee Utd

It's nil-all at half-time between Dundee Utd and Rangers in the fifth round of the Tennent's Scottish Cup.

Dundee Utd 0, Rangers 0

It's nil-all at half-time between Dundee Utd and Rangers in the fifth round of the Tennent's Scottish Cup.

Dundee United had only beaten Rangers once before in the Scottish Cup and that was in the 1994 final. Tonight they had the chance to double the tally in this year’s quarter final.

Rangers’ injury woes showed no sign of abating when Barry Ferguson was hurt in a crunching, but fair, tackle by Jim Lauchlan in the second minute.

There were worried looks from Ibrox coach Dick Advocaat but three minutes later the captain was back.

Rangers’ makeshift left back Sergio Porrini gifted possession to Craig Easton, who set up Jim Hamilton for a shot in the box that was blocked by a combination of Craig Moore and goalkeeper Stefan Klos for a corner that was scrambled away with difficulty.

For the home side, the game presented Charlie Miller with his second opportunity since returning to Scottish football to prove Advocaat he was wrong to show him the Ibrox door.

Miller was getting the better of Bert Konterman in their midfield clash and, after two fouls, the Dutchman was in the book after sixteen minutes.

Jamie McCunnie crossed for David Hannah to flash a near post header wide as United shaded the early encounters.

United were unchanged from the side that had crushed St Mirren 4-0 in last week’s relegation head-to-head.

Rangers made a single change from the side that beat Hearts 2-0 last week, with the injured Giovanni van Bronckhorst being replaced by Fernando Ricksen, whose five-game ban does not cover Cup matches.

The two sides had already met in a cup competition this season, with Rangers winning a CIS Insurance Cup quarter final clash at Ibrox 2-0.

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