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Summary

  1. Rangers' Kenny Miller and Haris Vuckic score
  2. Ibrox captain Lee McCulloch sent off
  3. Genero Zeefuik pulls one back for the champions
  4. Rangers go above Hibernian into second

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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That's enough from me. But we have more football for you later on, with the Petrofac Training Cup final.

You can watch or listen to Alloa v Livingston from McDiarmid Park via the BBC Sport website. Kick-off is at 16:05 BST.

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Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson on BBC Radio Scotland

"We didn't do enough to win the game. It wasn't until we went with two up top that we put them under any pressure. It was difficult to break them down after the break - they worked really hard. At the end of the day, we are champions and sometimes it's difficult for the players to get motivated. The intensity wasn't quite there."

So what has Stuart McCall done to galvanise Rangers? He got off to a sticky start with draws against Livingston and Alloa but wins against Hibs, Cowdenbeath and now Hearts has changed the mood at Ibrox entirely.

"It's just about confidence," McCall said in his post-match interview. "The players are playing with their chests out now."

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Rangers manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

"I was delighted with the way we approached the game. We have good energy and quality in the side. I think people thought we would go 3-5-2 but I thought Haris [Vuckic] deserved a start. We wanted our full-backs forward and we were terrific in the first half. The second half was all about guts and determination."

Champions Hearts remain on 81 points, with five matches left to play. The record points tally for the second tier is 89 - set by Hibs in 1999.

There is a full Championship card in midweek, with Rangers visiting Queen of the South on Thursday. The evening before sees Hibs go to Dumbarton, while Falkirk travel to Livingston.

Rangers are now three points clear of Hibernian, having played a game less. The goal difference between the sides is now the same, with the Leith team slumping to a third consecutive defeat yesterday.

Rangers won 2-1
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Just to recap, Rangers moved into a 2-0 lead thanks to first-half goals from Kenny Miller and Haris Vuckic but lost skipper Lee McCulloch to a red card moments before the interval.

Hearts huffed and puffed in the second half, struggling to break down 10 men until Genero Zeefuik knocked in a late consolation goal.

FULL-TIME

Rangers 2-1 Hearts

Rangers make it three wins on the trot to move second in the Championship. It's a first away defeat of the season for champions Hearts.

Free kick to Hearts. It's going long into the mixer... Osman Sow gets a flick on it but the ball drifts through to keeper Cammy Bell.

Bilel Mohsni is winning everything in the air for Rangers. The Tunisian defender, so often the subject of criticism, has done a sterling job since coming on at the interval.

We'll get four minutes of stoppage-time. Lots of nail-biting from the home fans at Ibrox...

Minute 90 is upon us. Will Rangers hang on?

Nicky Clark has put in an incredible shift for Rangers today but he needs to work on his retaining possession near the corner flag as he runs the ball out of play. Hearts are in a rush to get the ball back up the park.

Rangers have everyone defending their penalty area as Hearts press and probe but the pressure is relieved when Alim Ozturk slices a dreadful shot from 25 yards wide.

YELLOW CARD

Is hasn't taken substitute Ian Black long to pick up a booking, scything down Billy King. Hearts have their tails up now.

GOAL

Rangers 2-1 Hearts (Zeefuik)

Suddenly, Hearts are right back in it as Osman Sow gets on the end of a deep cross at the back post. His header is well saved by Cammy Bell but Genero Zeefuik is in the right place to tap in his 10th goal of the season.

The much-maligned Bilel Mohsni is now in the Hearts penalty box winning a header and the ball eventually drops for Robbie Crawford, who slams the ball high over the target.

For the second time in quick succession, Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni and goalkeeper Cammy Bell go for the same high ball. I'm sure manager Stuart McCall would rather his keeper stay put since the back three are coping comfortably at the moment.

SUBSTITUTION

Rangers make their final change as Dean Shiels is replaced by by former Hearts midfielder Ian Black. He'll enjoy a scrap against his old team.

Oh dear. That sums up the afternoon Hearts are having as Jamie Walker completely duffs a corner straight behind.

SUBSTITUTION

Ten-man Rangers are sitting deep and Hearts have no answer. Is James Keatings the man to make a difference in the final 15 minutes? The striker is on now in place of left-back Kevin McHattie.

SUBSTITUTION

Kenny Miller has run his race for Rangers and Robbie Crawford takes over to offer a younger set of legs.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers keeper Cammy Bell is cautioned for a spot of time-wasting after leaving his goal to usher the ball out for a throw-in.

Hearts striker Osman Sow manages to steer a shot on target with a swivel on the edge of the penalty box but it's comfortably gathered by keeper Cammy Bell.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers goalscorer Kenny Miller is booked for having a nibble at the heels of Osman Sow near the halfway line.

Rangers win a corner and the ball bounces to Kenny Miller, who fires in a volley from an awkward height, and Neil Alexander moves smartly to push it wide.

The ball falls to an unattended Alim Ozturk at the back post area from a corner but Hearts' Turkish defender lacks composure and hammers a shot high over the crossbar from 10 yards or so.

Rangers are starting to drop deeper now as legs tire but Hearts are yet to get a good look at home goalkeeper Cammy Bell in the second half.

SUBSTITUTION

Hearts introduce forward Billy King as central midfielder Morgaro Gomis skips off.

Nicky Law breaks down the right flank and sweeps the ball into a central area, where Nicky Clark is waiting in acres of space. Perhaps unaware of the time he has, the Rangers striker goes for a first-time effort and it goes straight to goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

We're ten minutes into the second half and there is no sign of Hearts gaining any momentum from their advantage in personnel. Head coach Robbie Neilson must be considering a change or two.

The visitors get men forward in a promising situation but the move breaks down as Genero Zeefuik is tackled near the edge of the penalty area by Bilel Mohsni. The Hearts striker has been well off the pace today.

BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Ibrox

"Having established a two-goal lead through a disciplined and industrious performance, a moment of reckless aggression by Lee McCulloch has Rangers with problems to solve. Hearts, having seen how uncertain the home defence can be, will believe they can rescue this game. Does McCall send his side out to defend their lead? That would invite more pressure from Hearts. Even at 2-0, this game is still in the balance."

It looks like a tactical reshuffle for the depleted hosts, with Darren McGregor joining Bilel Mohsni and Marius Zaliukas in a three-man central defensive partnership.

KICK-OFF

Hearts get the game restarted after a long wait for the home side to reappear...

SUBSTITUTION

Rangers bring on centre-back Bilel Mohsni to fill the gap left by Lee McCulloch's dismissal. Goalscorer Haris Vuckic is the man sacrificed by manager Stuart McCall.

Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

Aaron Wood: #BBCScotFootball The round of applause was for a young guy who supported Hearts called Shaun Cole, who had a relative at Rangers, who died."

bringthemonjpn: "#bbcscotfootball The red card wasn't in the script. McCall has no option givien the time remaining but to close everything down. Tight."

And just what has happened at Hibs? Alan Stubbs' men were ticking along very nicely with seven wins in a row before meekly capitulating at home to a fired-up Rangers. That was followed by defeat at Raith Rovers, when they squandered a hatful of chances, and they were a distant second best against Queens, only spurred into life after falling behind but coming up short again.

Will Hibs fans be hoping for a Hearts revival today? I guess so. And a record of just one win from a combined seven encounters with Falkirk and Queens must make for queasy reading ahead of any potential play-off.