So Rangers pull further clear in the Scottish Championship after another controversial finish. Join us for more thrills and spills of the Scottish Cup tomorrow evening as Dundee host Falkirk and Forfar Athletic face Linlithgow Rose in their re-arranged ties.
- Championship leaders visit Cappielow
- Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay score
- Rangers extend lead to five points
- Morton remain in sixth place
In reply to Dougie Reid earlier comment regarding St Johnstone's ticket allocation, if it had been based on average home attendances for this season the split should be 69% Hibs and 31% Saints and not the 80 / 20 ratio that's now happened !! The question I would like to know is how many tickets have Hibs still got to sell for Saturday's game? As many St Johnstone fans have missed through no fault of their own.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton, talking to BT Sport, has been insisting that Andy Halliday was simply celebrating with his own side's fans and said he was "mystified and bemused" by the decision to show the midfielder a second yellow card.
Morton boss Jim Duffy also expressed his surprise at the decision while admitting he was concentrating on reorganising his side after they had gone 2-0 behind.
"On Burns Day, we didn't want to be a wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie and I don't think we were that.
"We asked the players to show commitment and I think they did that in abundance.
"Rangers have got that, particularly in the final third, and it is one of those games where we just had to do our best.
"Sometimes you have got to lift your hands up on those occasions when the other side has a wee bit more in the tank."
BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson understands that Andy Halliday was shown a second yellow card for making an offensive gesture towards the Morton fans. Rangers manager Mark Warburton was raging at the decision on the touchline, but there is no appeal process for two yellow cards.
Andy Halliday is going to be missed as he does a big job in Rangers' midfield and it will be even more disappointing if he has got sent off for something silly
Rangers have not been at their best, but this is a difficult place to come and they have done a professional job to take the three points and Mark Warburton will be content with that as they prepare to meet us at the weekend.
Despite being reduced to 10 men late on, Rangers secure the victory that takes them five points clear of Hibs at the top of the Scottish Championship.
Mark Russell delivers a fine curling cross to the near post and it meets the head of Declan McManus, but the striker's header goes wide of the near post from 14 yards.
Four minutes of stoppage time to be added.
Morton are living dangerously as they leave gaps at the back and Martyn Waghorn ought to have done better than scoop a shot over the crossbar from 16 yards.
Rangers sub Harry Forrester ought to have finished the game as a contest, but he is denied by Derek Gaston from point blank range as the goalkeeper spreads himself well.
Yet another change, with Bobby Barr, who has done well for Morton down the wing, being replaced with young forward Jon Scullion.
Another change for Morton. Striker for striker this time, with Swansea City man Alex Samuel replacing Denny Johnstone, who is on loan from Birmingham City.
Michael Tidser has hardly been on the field for any amount of time and the midfielder is booked for a foul on Dean Shiels.
"Ironically, since the sending off, Morton have become less tidy with the ball."
Morton manager Jim Duffy makes his move, bringing on midfielder Michael Tidser for striker Stefan McCluskey.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton reacts to going down to 10 men by replacing striker Kenny Miller with defender Dominic Ball.
Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday is sent off amid confusion. It appears that he was shown a second yellow card for the strength of his celebrations.
With Morton having squandered a chance to equalise, Rangers race up the other end and, after a fine one-two with Kenny Miller at the edge of the penalty box, winger Barrie McKay steers the ball into the far corner from 12 yards.
Morton press for an equaliser and, after winning another free-kick, Thomas O'Ware's header goes a few yards over.
Barrie McKay goes close to Rangers' second with a thundering drive off the crossbar and Kenny Miller just fails to get his head to the rebound.
Declan McManus is proving to be a handful for Rangers and the striker uses his strength to win the ball back from Andy Halliday, with the Rangers midfielder is booked for hauling back the big man.
Kenny Miller is close to his second goal of the night and will probably be annoyed that he did not at least force the goalkeeper into a save. Dean Shiels plays a fine ball behind the defence and the striker drills it low across the face of goal and wide.
Morton captain Lee Kilday is soldiering on in defence after having a head wound bandaged during those substitutions.
Rangers boss Mark Warburton obviously doesn't like what he's seeing and makes two changes, with Dean Shiels and Harry Forrester replacing Nicky Law and Gedion Zelalem in midfield.
Rangers are under pressure and scramble the ball clear after a corner.
Excellent wing play from Bobby Barr, who cuts the ball back from the by-line and Declan McManus does well to control it 12 yards out, but the Morton striker's side-footed effort is straight at goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
Morton are enjoying a spell of pressure and possession of their own.
Declan McManus shows plenty of determination, winning a tackle, slipping the ball past Andy Halliday and firing a drive that evades the fingers of the sprawling Wes Foderingham but just wide of the Rangers goalkeeper's near post.
The first shot of the half comes from Martyn Waghorn, but his drive from 18 yards fails to dip sufficiently and it goes a yard or two over the Morton crossbar.
Morton get the second half underway and the Greenock side are still well in the game against the Championship leaders.
The official attendance at Cappielow is 5,778. That's about half the capacity.
Rangers will be satisfied with their advantage, but it remains slender. While Morton are still so full of vigour and intent, competing all over the pitch, the home side will still hope they can recover. They need to maintain their intensity, while Rangers can remain patient
"It is going to be an interesting second half because Morton are still capable of getting something from the game. Morton have done well, but the movement from Rangers has not been as good as it usually is."