Goals from Canadian centre half Luca Gasparotto who has been on a Development loan at Airdrie and striker Calum Gallagher who also benefited from a loan at Cowdenbeath earlier in the season gave the Gers all three points in a closely fought match.
United had a goal disallowed in the 25th minute of the match after Jamie Montgomery challenged Liam Kelly as he tried to collect a corner. The United man was first to the loose ball to put the ball in the back of the net, but the referee had already blown his whistle.
Rangers enjoyed the bulk of the pressure for the last 20 minutes of the first half and had several long range efforts, the best of which came from Darren Ramsay. The front four of Dykes, Ramsay, Aird and Gallagher all looked bright and were threatening the Utd goal
Just five minutes before half time, the Gers took the lead with another excellent free kick from Darren Ramsay was tipped onto the post by United keeper Michal Szromnik. Gasparotto was live to the situation and on hand to head into the net and give Durrant’s men a 1-0 lead at the break.
Dundee United started the second half brightly but it was the Gers who took advantage on the break to go 2-0 up through Gallagher in the 52nd minute of the game.
The Arabs pulled one back with just over twenty minutes of the game still to play after Justin Johnson’s curled effort crashed off the post and was put into the back of the net by Scott Smith.
Liam Kelly came to the rescue of the Gers a few minutes later with an excellent finger-tip save from Johnson – but the late flurry from the Arabs wasn’t enough and the Light Blues ran out 2-1 winners on the day.
RANGERS: Kelly, Sinnamon, Mbabu, Gasporrotto, McCrorie, Hutton, Ashmore, Ramsay, Aird, Dykes, Gallagher
SUBS: Jeffries, Ogen, Pascazio, Whiteside, Burrows, McMinn