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JUST when it appeared he'd weathered yet another storm, the turbulent Rangers career of Lorenzo Amoruso took a further turn for the worse on Sunday night at Tannadice.

Once again the Italian defender's negligence cost the Ibrox side badly as their championship hopes all but went up in smoke on Tayside.

Amoruso gifted Dundee United striker Derek Lilley a debut goal as Rangers surrendered further ground to Celtic in the title race.

It was just the latest in a catalogue of calamities since the defender arrived from Fiorentina three years ago. Amo - stripped of the captaincy by Dick Advocaat - has been Rangers' best defender this season but that doesn't say much for the big money buys brought into play alongside him.

Here Sports Record highlights just some of Amo's long list of bloomers in a light blue jersey:

1 December 8, 1998 Ennio Tardini Stadium - with Rangers set for a UEFA Cup win against Parma Amoruso hand-balls a harmless cross. Hernan Crespo nets from the spot before a Stefano Fiore strike dumps Rangers.

2November 7, 1999 Ibrox - Mark Viduka robs the Italian and sets up Eyal Berkovic for the opener in the first Old Firm clash of last season. But he is let off the hook as Rangers win 4-2.

3 August 27, 2000 Ibrox - Amoruso and Bert Konterman combine to gift Celtic six goals in the derby at Parkhead.

4 September 9, 2000 - Rangers are cruising to victory but Amo gifts possession to Juan Sara on the edge of his own box allowing the Argentine striker to snatch a 1-1 draw for Dundee.

5 October 22, 2000 Ibrox - Amoruso applauds Neil McCann after a blunder against St Johnstone. Rangers crash 2-1 and lose more ground on Celtic.

6 October 28, 2000 Ibrox - not for the first time Amo is booed by his own fans after being at fault for the first two Kilmarnock goals as they beat the champs 3-0 on their own patch.

7 November 7, 2000 Ibrox - Amoruso costs Rangers a place in the second group phase of the Champions League for the first time in their history against Monaco. He gets mugged in the centre circle attempting to dribble past the entire French team and Marco Simone breaks away to score the goal which has his team-mates seething.
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Date:Dec 19, 2000
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