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Rangers prevail in cup shoot-out

Published: Sunday 16 March 2008, 14.00CET
Rangers FC defeated Dundee United FC on penalties to lift the Scottish League Cup for the 25th time – after coming from behind in both regulation and extra time.
Rangers prevail in cup shoot-out
Barry Ferguson & Allan McGregor celebrate with the trophy ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 16 March 2008, 14.00CET

Rangers prevail in cup shoot-out

Rangers FC defeated Dundee United FC on penalties to lift the Scottish League Cup for the 25th time – after coming from behind in both regulation and extra time.
UEFA Cup quarter-finalists Rangers FC claimed their first trophy since 2005 with a Scottish League Cup final penalty shoot-out success against Dundee United FC at Hampden Park – after coming from behind during both regulation and extra time.

Boyd equalisers
Second-half substitute Kris Boyd's late levellers (86 and 113) cancelled out Dundee United's earlier efforts from Noel Hunt (34) and Mark De Vries (96), to take the game to penalties where Rangers prevailed 3-2 after goalkeeper Allan McGregor denied David Robertson and Lee Wilkie.

Trophy haul
The success is Rangers' 25th in the competition while Dundee United, fourth in the Scottish Premier League, last picked up silverware in 1994. Dundee United took a surprise lead eleven minutes before the break when Hunt scrambled the ball over the line at the far post, and it looked like Craig Levein's team would hold out until Boyd latched on to a weak back-pass from Mark Kerr with four minutes remaining.

Team move
Rangers fell behind again in extra time when a well-worked move from left to right ended with De Vries firing past McGregor from the edge of the area. However, Rangers broke Dundee United hearts for a second time through Boyd's header from Steven Davis' cross before McGregor's heroics in the shoot-out.

'Relieved'
"I'm rather relieved as much as anything," said Rangers manager Walter Smith. "It was a very tight game and going to penalties is not good for the nerves. They've showed spirit throughout the season and worked very hard – they don't like to lose."

Last updated: 17/03/08 18.41CET

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