the republic logo

Rangers endures more cup misery after losing 3-1 to Dundee United in Scottish Cup semifinals


GLASGOW, Scotland — Rangers endured a second cup defeat in six days by losing 3-1 to Dundee United in the semifinals of the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

After being upset 1-0 by Raith Rovers in the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup for lower-league teams last Sunday, Rangers was seeking redemption at its own Ibrox stadium to stay on course for a 33rd title in the country's main cup competition.

However, United went two goals ahead by the 36th minute through Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven and clinched victory in the 83rd when Nadir Ciftci capitalised on goalkeeping error.

Steven Smith had reduced Rangers' deficit to 2-1 just before halftime.

United will play in the final against St. Johnstone or Aberdeen, who meet in the second semifinal on Sunday.

"It's a big ask for my young players to handle these occasions and that will serve them well in the future," said United manager Jackie McNamara, whose team will compete in its 10th Scottish Cup final — winning it on two occasions.

Rangers was promoted to Scotland's second tier last month after being demoted to the fourth tier for financial irregularities.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

All comments are moderated before posting. Your email address must be verified with Disqus in order for your comment to appear.
View our commenting guidelines and FAQ's here.

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.