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Summary

  1. Match abandoned after 25 minutes
  2. Dave King calls for general meeting
  3. Hearts remain 13 points ahead of Rangers

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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Ah, well. The greatest drama came outside Ibrox this evening. Without question, there will be further developments in the battle for the boardroom in the coming days and weeks. For now, I'll call it a day. Thanks very much for logging on to the BBC Sport website. All the best.

Alim Ozturk slides in on Rangers striker Kenny Miller
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Hearts' central defender Alim Ozturk slides in on Rangers striker Kenny Miller.

John Collins and Ronny Deila
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Celtic assistant manager John Collins and manager Ronny Deila were at Ibrox but they would not have gleaned much about League Cup opponents Rangers from the short-lived match against league leaders Hearts.

BBC Scotland reporter Brian McLauchlin outside Ibrox

"There are about 600 fans outside the main entrance. There is a police cordon and police horses. One or two board members have been peering down from behind the curtains but it's very peaceful."

BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller

"I think the referee has been misled a bit with the undersoil heating. I don't think the referee did enough to test the pitch. You need to turn and throw the ball up and see if it sticks. There will be an investigation."

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Anonymous: "Any other conspiracy theorists out there wonder if the lack of effort to clear the pitch might have something to do with the current issues in Govan? The hierarchy might just think that a rearranged fixture will come at a time of higher morale both among the team and the support!"

Anonymous: "Canny believe the game was even on.. All about Rangers getting the cash. Should never have started the game!!"

Bill Mills, Inverness: "BT Sport dictated that game tonite, TV rules."

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson

"I think it was the right decision to start the game, but it was becoming worse and dangerous. You need to try to start the game. Sometimes the snow dissipates a bit but that didn't happen tonight. We brought 2,000 fans through and I'd like to thank them. I'm disappointed for them."

Rangers manager Kenny McDowall

"We couldn't disagree (with the abandonment). There was a lot of preparation for the game. We were looking forward to it."

BBC Scotland's Tom English

"The embarrassing thing is it stopped snowing at seven o'clock. They had 45 minutes to clear the pitch. There wasn't an effort to do so."

Referee Bobby Madden tells BBC Radio Scotland

"It was the right decision (to start). The fans were inside the ground. I made the final decision based on player safety. The information is forecast to come back on. There was a potential risk of injury. When you see the players running at 100%, you see they are struggling. It was the best decision to start the game and see what happened."

The strange thing is the six-yard boxes are perfectly clear. With some effort, other areas could have been cleared too, but it's debateable whether the whole pitch could have been cleared in time for kick-off.

The Hearts players go over to the corner of the Broomloan Road stand to thank their fans for making the journey through from Edinburgh, and elsewhere presumably. Well, they saw 25 minutes of ice-football, a new sport.

MATCH ABANDONED

The game has been called off.

The referee comes over to talk to the managers again. The snow is falling lightly. The fans are booing.

The fans protest before kick-off
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Mounted police were used to hold angry fans back outside the main door of Ibrox ahead of kick-off.

BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

"We are hearing the game is going to be abandoned."

Referee Bobby Madden tests the pitch ahead of kick-off
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Referee Bobby Madden tested the pitch ahead of kick-off.

Chick Young

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"I think they are going to give it another five minutes to see how it goes."

Referee Bobby Madden is talking to the two team managers. Game on or game off?

HITS THE WOODWORK

Rangers keeper Steve Simonsen, in day-glo yellow, manages to get a fingernail to the Hearts defender's excellent strike to tip it on to the crossbar. Great strike by Ozturk.

Alim Ozturk digs some space in the snow to place the ball and lines up a free-kick for Hearts...

Danny Wilson passes the ball back to his goalkeeper, the former Rangers goalie Neil Alexander. Hmm, is that wise on a pitch like that?

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Mark, Berkshire: "Needs to be a dark orange ball not a yellow ball for a snowy pitch."

Allan, Perth: "No undersoil heating at Ibrox these days?"

Ab, Ayrshire: "Listening to BBC Scotland radio coverage. Their bias against Rangers loud and clear. Why give the Easdale brothers so much bad press. Did they not give interest free loans at least twice."

Gordon: "What does Liam mean no chance of Hearts shipping 16 points, there is no chance of them shipping 10, league is over."

Rangers boss Kenny McDowall and Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson discuss matters in the technical area. They don't look too impressed that the match is on.

Hearts' attacking full-back Callum Paterson is sent sprawling in a foray down the right wing. The players really seem to be struggling to keep on their feet.

In the first piece of real action, striker Jon Daly rises to nod the ball down for Rangers team-mate Nicky Law, who prods a shot a few feet wide of the target from eight yards.

As if to underline the crazy conditions, Rangers full-back Lee Wallace runs up the left wing and takes a fresh-air swipe when trying to cross the ball - it stayed stuck in the snow when Wallace thought it would roll on. Madness.

I must say, the pitch to me looks unplayable, but I don't have the luxury of running about on it to check it out.

Big Genero Zeefuik is fouled and Hearts win a free-kick 35 yards from goal. However, the lob into the box is cleared.

The six-yard boxes have been cleared of snow and the lines on the pitch, too, but it's a comical scene. It's ice skates the players need, not football boots!

KICK-OFF

And we're off and running...and sliding through the snow with a yellow ball.

BBC Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

"It's win or bust for Rangers. Surely they must win tonight if they have ambitions to go up as champions, because surely there is no chance of Hearts shipping 16 points."

BBC Scotland's Tom English at Ibrox

"You can't discount Rangers in the depths of all this getting a result but I just don't think the team is good enough."

We're a minute away from kick-off.

Former Rangers and Hearts midfielder Derek Ferguson

"Rangers need to go out and try to stop this Hearts juggernaut. It's a big night for some of these Rangers players."

Chick Young

BBC Sport

"It is a miserable attendance, about 6,000-7,000. Many fans were planning to protest outside the main stand and then go elsewhere to watch the game. There is a real sea-change in the mood of the fans tonight."

Supporters outside Ibrox
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Rangers fans flocked to Ibrox when they were playing in the bottom two tiers of Scottish football but many are so disgruntled with the current regime that they are staying away.

A Rangers fan protesting outside the main door at Ibrox tells BBC Radio Scotland he is "very concerned" about the future of the club. "Why does Mike Ashley not make his intentions clear?" he asks. Another says the situation is the worst in 15 years of following Rangers. "If the board go in the next few weeks, Ibrox would be full again," says a supporter. "This board has to go."

Rangers manager Kenny McDowall has made just one change to the side which narrowly beat Alloa last week as winger Fraser Aird returns to replace David Templeton.

Gorgie head coach Robbie Neilson also kept his alterations to a minimum, with Jordan McGhee coming in for James Keatings.

There are 15 minutes to go and the stadium is only a fraction full. There are large banks of empty blue seats.