Rangers vs Dundee Utd: Three main talking points emerge after win
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Rangers vs Dundee Utd: Three main talking points emerge after win

Rangers defeated Dundee Utd 1-0 at Ibrox courtesy of a James Tavernier penalty as three main talking points emerged from the victory.

It perhaps wasn’t the grandest of performances under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, yet another three points were claimed in the battle for the title.

Rangers skipper James Tavernier scored the winner against Dundee Utd from the penalty spot. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The manager changed the starting line-up as Joe Aribo dropped to the bench as he was walking a suspension tightrope and Nathan Patterson started at left-back.

Another win under Gio

This was the seventh win in eight matches under the Dutchman, an incredible run and one that surely no one could have predicted when he joined the club.

The side has now rediscovered their winning touch following a stuttering spell earlier on in the season under Steven Gerrard and this has rejuvenated our title aspirations.

There are still some major hurdles to overcome before the winter break, but the team looks confident, and this win will keep the momentum going as the side welcome St Mirren to Ibrox on Boxing Day.

Defensive woes appear to be solved

Last season, the club conceded only 13 goals during the whole of the league campaign. After 19 matches this term, the side has conceded 14 goals.

This was predominantly under Gerrard and concerns about the defence were beginning to set in. With constant rotation and injuries, along with Connor Goldson losing form, Rangers were in a mess at the back.

This has totally changed under GvB as the team have only conceded twice in his eight matches in charge, a remarkable turnaround.

Championships are won on the bedrock of a solid defence, so this could be vital come next May.

Missed Aribo from the start

Joe Aribo has been arguably Rangers’ best player this season, scoring six goals and providing two assists during the league campaign so far.

The Nigerian international was dropped to the bench by the manager for the Dundee Utd tie as another booking would have resulted in a suspension and him missing the Old Firm tie.

The side struggled to break down a stubborn Utd team without the main creative force in Aribo. This is a player who is now a key figure for the club going forward, and to put it simply, he needs to start every game.

Joe Aribo was sorely missed during the first half of Rangers win against Dundee Utd as we lacked creative spark without him. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Regardless of the performance or the number of goals scored, the side has secured yet another vital win and this will pile even more pressure on Celtic as they find themselves seven points adrift from the top spot in the league table.

Meanwhile, Celtic fans went into meltdown following the decision to award Rangers a clear penalty against Dundee Utd.