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Half-Time Report: Rangers behind at the break

Rangers score just before the break to get themselves back into the game against Dundee United but still trail in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Dundee United lead Rangers 2-1 in the Scottish Cup semi-final this afternoon.

After a bright start from the hosts, two goals from United put them on the back foot before Steven Smith got them back into the game shortly before the break.

Rangers started well and almost had the ball in the net within a few minutes, but Bilel Mohsni's scuffed effort was somehow scrambled away.

Fraser Aird then fired just wide after carrying the ball to the edge of the box before Dean Shiels produced a poor finish after being played through one-on-one.

Rangers were eventually made to pay for their wasted chances on 23 minutes. A couple of poor clearances allowed the ball to be headed through for Stuart Armstrong, who fired in off the post with the Rangers defence sleeping.

United almost doubled their lead as Ryan Gauld found Nadir Ciftci with an excellen pass shortly after, but the striker was denied by the goalkeeper.

Rangers then hit the bar with a fortunate cross before the visitors did get a second to stun the home crowd. Gauld beat three players on the left before crossing to Armstrong, who helped the ball on to Gary Mackay-Steven whose deflected effort looped over the goalkeeper and in.

The home side managed to get themselves back in the game just before half time as Smith curled a free kick into the bottom corner.

There was still time for a penalty shout for United as Ciftci was brought down by a combination of goalkeeper and defender but the referee waved play on before blowing the half-time whistle.

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist looks on from the stand during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Newcastle United at Ibrox Stadium on August 06, 2013
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