Rangers’ treble dream bites the dust
Dundee United 1 Rangers 0
Rangers' hopes of a domestic treble were shattered last night as they crashed out of the Active Nation Scottish Cup to a last-gasp winner from David Robertson.
Robertson struck in the final minute of the quarter-final replay to secure Dundee United a meeting with Raith Rovers in the last four of the competition.
Meanwhile, Rangers' hopes of retaining the Clydesdale Bank Premier League were boosted as Celtic crashed to St Mirren but a lacklustre performance in Tayside means there will be no clean sweep this season.
Rangers named an unfamiliar side, with Kevin Thomson failing with a dramatic late bid to have his suspension quashed for the clash at Tannadice.
The holders lodged an appeal against the red card he picked up in Sunday's Co-operative Insurance Cup final just a few minutes before the Scottish Football Association's deadline last night but it was dismissed in under an hour after referee Craig Thomson opted to stand by his decision.
With Lee McCulloch also banned and Steven Davis suffering from a virus, Maurice Edu and Steven Naismith were given the nod in central midfield, with support from Kyle Lafferty and DaMarcus Beasley in the wide areas.
The front pairing also raised eyebrows, with youngsters Andrew Little and John Fleck starting and regular strike duo Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller both on the bench, as Rangers made seven changes from the side who clinched the silverware against St Mirren at the weekend.
Northern Ireland star Lafferty limped out of the action with 15 minutes remaining and was replaced by Miller.
United’s David Goodwillie had an effort ruled out for offside on 87 minutes before Robertson’s late, late winner.