Super Eagles ace Joe Aribo was the man of the moment Saturday scoring the only goal as Rangers pulled slim victory over Dundee. Aribo’s strike could not have come at a better time after Rangers missed a penalty
After Aribo’s first-half opener, the champions needed Jon McLaughlin’s second-half spot-kick save to keep them in front after the goalkeeper had brought down Paul McMullan.
Dundee manager James McPake was shown a red card at full-time for protesting the decision not to send McLaughlin off.
McPake made one change to the side that lost 2-0 to St Johnstone in the Premier Sports Cup on Wednesday as Ryan Sweeney replaced Paul McGowan. That meant Leigh Griffiths kept his place in attack despite being charged with “culpable and reckless conduct” on Friday after appearing to kick a flare into the stand housing the Saints fans.
Rangers made two changes to the side that started their 2-0 quarter-final win over Livingston in midweek, with captain James Tavernier and Ianis Hagi replacing Nathan Patterson and Scott Wright.
Dundee still searching for their first league win of the season made an encouraging start when McMullan surged through the Rangers defence straight from kick-off, but he was eventually closed off by Calvin Bassey on the edge of the box just as he looked set to get a shot away.
The visitors’ first chance came in the eighth minute but Tavernier blazed over after a Bassey cross picked him out at the far post.
Dundee threatened a minute later when McMullan’s corner fell to Griffiths a few yards out but the striker was unable to react quickly enough to direct the ball into the net.