Thanks for your company today, which started with Aberdeen narrowing the gap again between themselves and Premiership leaders Celtic. Join us again tomorrow night for more top-flight action, with bottom side St Mirren needing a win over relegation rivals Ross County to retain hope of avoiding the drop.
- FT: Hibernian 2-0 Hearts (Cummings, El Alagui)
- FT: Rangers 4-0 Raith Rovers (Clark, Vuckic, Law 2), FT: Queen of the South 1-0 Falkirk (Lyle)
- FT: Kilmarnock 1-2 Aberdeen
- Rooney's 26th goal of the season, Smith also on target
- Slater levels with great strike but misses late penalty
It now looks like the three teams entering the Championship play-offs will be Hibs, Rangers and Queen of the South. Rangers remain behind Hibs, but their 4-0 win today lifts them to within two goals of the Edinburgh side's superior goal difference with a game in hand.
That defeat for Falkirk almost certainly ends the Bairns' hopes of making the promotion play-offs. Peter Houston's side slip four points behind Queen of the South and only have two games left - against Hibs and Rangers. They must beat the teams sitting second and third in the table and hope that the Dumfries outfit don't take anything in their games against the bottom three sides - Alloa Athletic, Dumbarton and Livingston.
No matter who you support, it was nice to see Farid El Alagui back on the big stage. The 29-year-old French striker took a chance on a new surgical technique to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon and marked his return to fitness with a classy finish.
Rangers are eating into Hibs' goal difference advantage as Nicky Law steps forward to fire them 4-0 ahead at Ibrox.
Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson made it plain that the defeat emphasised his midweek suggestion that he would have to make changes to his squad for next season's Scottish Premiership campaign.
"I don't think we performed as well as we can.
"We started well, the first 10-15 minutes, but fell out of it.
"It has been such a good season and we don't want it petering out and have four big games ahead.
"It is disappointing and I feel sorry for the fans who took a whole allocation.
"To come here and not win is not good enough no matter where we are in the league.
"We have won the league by a fair distance and today doesn't change that.
"But sometimes in defeat you learn a lot more about people and there are players who didn't step up to the plate."
Robbie Devenney: "A Hibs team that actually seems to do better in big games. Helpful for what's to come."
Nicky Law extends Rangers' lead after a sloppy start to the second half as the midfielder finishes at the second time of asking as he follows his own shot off the crossbar.
"I thought, first half, we played very well and had the better of that.
"It is important when you are on top that you get a goal.
"To be fair to Robbie Neilson, it wasn't really suiting their team playing that way and they changed it.
"They had more of it in the second half, but we put bodies on the line when we had to.
"I thought when we played against the big teams this year, we've not played at the level we wanted to, but today they were brave on the ball.
"They have been questioned in recent weeks, but they responded the way I wanted them to."
"Over the piece, Hibs were the hungrier side and, even though you have already won the title, I am not sure that will be acceptable to the Hearts fans."
tom and 20 others: "Magnificent from #Hibs. They deserve a guard of honour." Hearts certainly didn't after that lacklustre display.
The three points should ensure that Hibs remain in second place by the end of today unless Rangers go goal crazy in the second half against Raith Rovers at Ibrox. The two sides started the day equal on points, but Hibs have the better goal difference.
That is Hearts' third league defeat of the season, although two of them have come after they already secured the Championship title and promotion.
Hibs secure their first Edinburgh derby win of the season as they ease to a victory over the tame and timid champions.
Hibs goalkeeper Mark Oxley has to stretch high into the air to turn the ball wide as a clearing header from his own defender, Paul Hanlon, threatens to loop over him.
Farid El Alagui wraps up the Edinburgh derby as Hibs strike on the break. Franck Dja Djedje latches on to a long ball out of defence. It is two against one and the flick over the defence finds El Alagui to coolly chip past goalkeeper Neil Alexander.
"Hearts have not played well at all. Hibs deserve it because they have shown more hunger."
Hibs have to replace substitute Dominique Malonga after he pulls up injured after some horrendous early touches. Maybe he was more embarrassed than physically injured. Anyway, Franck Dja Djédjé is his replacement.
Hearts midfielder Miguel Pallardo is booked after Fraser Fyvie nips in front of him as he takes too much time to control the ball. A bit unlucky to see yellow.
Hearts striker Osman Sow does well to hold off three Hibs defenders inside the box before firing a low shot from 15 yards on the turn, but goalkeeper Mark Oxley matches that with a near-post save.
Dutch striker Genero Zeefuik has been virtually anonymous and is finally hooked by Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson, with Billy King coming on.
Amazing action at both ends. Hibs block three shots right in front of their own goal from point-blank range and then break up the other end and squander a great chance of their own. The home side are three on one, but Dominique Malonga smashes a drive wildly past the far post instead of playing in one of his team-mates.
Farid El Alagui misses a good chance for Hibs when a ball from Paul Hanlon finds the striker in front of goal, but the Moroccan's volley is weak and straight at goalkeeper Neil Alexander from five yards out.
Hibs goalkeeper Mark Oxley lives dangerously as he punches fresh air as he looks to clear a high ball into the penalty box. Fortunately for the keeper, the ball bounces in front of him and he gathers.
Hibs players were complaining at the number of fouls Morgaro Gomis had committed without being booked in the first half. The yellow card finally comes out after a crunching challenge on Dylan McGeough.
Hearts are cranking up the pressure at Easter Road and Jamie Walker's piledriver from 25 yards is turned over the crossbar by goalkeeper Mark Oxley.
On-loan Newcastle United midfielder Haris Vuckic fires Rangers into a two-goal lead with a fine finish against Raith Rovers at Ibrox.
Hibs' claims for a penalty are ignored as Jason Cummings falls in the box as Alim Ozturk makes up ground to tackle the goalscorer. However, the striker collapsed very easily under the challenge and the big defender won the ball.
Hearts have some early possession and defender Alim Ozturk powers a low free-kick across the face of the Hibs goal but just wide.
Queen of the South look poised to end Falkirk's play-off hopes as top scorer Derek Lyle volleys home in Dumfries.
Alan David Duncan: "What in all that's holy is @Scotty_brown85 doing?!?! Redeems himself but lucky as anything. Get @jamlang22 back!! What rhymes with clown?" The Aberdeen man gave away a silly penalty but saved it to secure a win.
Stuart Snowden: "Second headed in from five yards. Sounds like Craig Samson not commanding his area as usual #goallinekeeper" The Kilmarnock number one was posted missing at Aberdeen's winner.
Hibs get the Edinburgh derby underway again at Easter Road. Can Hearts show some of the class that won them the title so early in the season?
"I thought second half we played really well and put a good team on the back foot.
"I thought Craig Slater was outstanding throughout.
"He has fantastic ability and took his goal well and you would have fancied him to tuck away the penalty, but we just have to pick ourselves up again in midweek.
"We have huge games coming up and we have to get back to winning ways to make sure that gap at the bottom does not get smaller."
"That was a totally dominant performance in the first half.
"We just wanted to get that second goal and it was a good strike from Craig Slater.
"I thought we were guilty of being too deliberate and slow in our build up, but the great cross from Niall McGinn and excellent header from Cammy Smith have got us back in the lead.
"It would be unusual if Celtic keep dropping points, but we just have to keep winning games."