Gers in seventh heaven
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers cruised into the CIS Cup final with a thumping 7-1 win over Dundee United.Rangers cruised into the final of the CIS Insurance Cup with a thumping 7-1 win over Dundee United.
Nacho Novo and substitute Steven Thompson helped themselves each to a brace as they booked a final meeting with Motherwell.
Rangers were out of the blocks quickly and then broke the deadlock after just seven minutes when Thomas Buffel sent Novo racing clear and he kept his cool to round Nick Colgan and dispatch the ball into the empty net.
The Glasgow giants doubled their lead on 17 minutes when Prso headed Marvin Andrews' cross past Colgan.
The Ibrox side should have made it 3-0 six minutes before the break when they were awarded a penalty after Paul Ritchie was adjudged to have fouled Prso, but Colgan saved Novo's weak shot to keep United in the contest.
Dundee United pulled a goal back five minutes after the break with Jason Scotland netting from close-range.
The Tannadice side went agonisingly close to drawing level on 58 minutes when Jim McIntyre saw his shot rebound off both posts before falling into the arms of debutant keeper Ronald Waterreus.
Rangers restored their two-goal cushion on 67 minutes with Buffel getting on the end of Novo's cross to volley home his first goal for the club.
Two minutes later Rangers introduced Barry Ferguson as substitute for Alex Rae with the former Gers skipper getting a rapturous reception from his fans.
Rangers added a fourth on 77 minutes with Fernando Ricksen firing a fierce free kick past Colgan.
Gers substitute Steven Thompson got in on the scoring act three minutes later with a clinical finish inside the box.
Ferguson helped set up the sixth for Rangers with a quickly taken free kick to Novo and he smashed the ball past Colgan.
Thompson grabbed his second a minute from time to seal the rout after Colgan could not hold Ferguson's stinging drive.