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Rangers’ unbeaten league run of 40 games was ended at Tannadice, with Dundee United claiming a hard-fought 1-0 victory in the Scottish Premiership.

Thomas Courts’ United side enjoyed a positive first half, although Rangers had the best openings as the returning Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier both went close.

But Steven Gerrard’s half-time team talk seemed to have done the trick as the reigning Scottish Premiership champions dominated after the break, but soon found themselves behind.

There was a slice of luck to Dundee United’s 64th-minute goal as Adrian Sporle’s pass took a nick off Steven Davis on the way through, but the continued run and cool finish of Jamie Robson saw the hosts impressively ahead against the run of play.

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Dundee United take a shock lead against champions Rangers, after a composed strike by Jamie Robson

Rangers almost equalised soon after as Connor Goldson directed a header wide, but there was ultimately no response from the visitors as Dundee United fiercely defended their lead, with Rangers suffering their first league defeat since losing to Hamilton on March 4, 2020.

It will go down as a famous victory for Dundee United as Courts registered his first win as manager on his home debut. Rangers must now regroup ahead of a vital Champions League third-round qualifier second leg against Malmo at Ibrox on Tuesday.

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What’s next?

Rangers face Malmo in the second leg of their crucial Champions League third-round qualifier on Tuesday at Ibrox (kick-off 8pm) before hosting Dunfermline in the second round of the Scottish League Cup on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm).

Dundee United travel to take on Ayr United in the Scottish League Cup next Saturday at 3pm.

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