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Summary

  1. Muirhead convert Johnsen & Walker crosses
  2. Hearts boss Neilson expected to join MK Dons after match
  3. Hearts overtake Rangers on goal difference

Live reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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FT: Hearts 2-0 Rangers

It sounds like Robbie Neilson will be off to MK Dons in the morning and he leaves Hearts in a very healthy place.

He's swapping second place in the Scottish Premiership for 19th spot in England's League One. I'll leave you to chew over that...

Tynecastle 'a phenomenal place'

FT: Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson talking to BBC Sportsound:

"It was a great performance from a young team who are progressing. There was real energy all over the team.

"It's going to be difficult [to stay in second place] because it's still such a young group. There will be ups and downs and it's important to have patience.

"I'll be in tomorrow morning as usual and we'll talk about things. I expect it to be clarified then. Tonight is all about the players.

"It's a phenomenal place. There's nowhere else where the fans back the team like this and I've been lucky to be on the journey."

'Rangers did not win battles'

FT: Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Rangers boss Mark Warburton on BT Sport:

"We didn't break the press enough to get on the football enough. You have to win your battles, win the one-on-ones and we didn't do that well enough.

"Inexplicable" and "bemused" are words he uses when discussing the disallowed goal when Joe Dodoo hooked in a loose ball with Harry Forrester in an offside position. But he concedes "Harry looked offside", stressing that he's disappointed with how long the linesman took to make the decision.

Neilson remains tight-lipped

FT: Hearts 2-0 Rangers

A happy Hearts boss Robbie Neilson is doing a lot of handshaking after that win but he's determined not to give anything away about his future.

"What will be will be," is the best BT Sport can manage to get out of him and his proposed switch to MK Dons.

Might there be an official announcement tomorrow?

'A tactical masterclass'

FT: Hearts 2-0 Rangers

"If it is Robbie Neilson's last match with Hearts, it's been a masterclass," says BBC Sportsound pundit Steven Thompson.

"If you force Rangers' defenders to kick it long and deny their creative players time on the ball, then they can't get going. Hearts worked so hard to limit Rangers' possession."

'We could have scored four'

FT: Hearts 2-0 Rangers

"It's a big win for the guys. We were really pushing them and pressing high, We could have scored four, easily,"  Hearts striker Bjorn Johnsen tells BT Sport.

Can Hearts hold on to second?

FT Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Hearts go into the weekend as the best of the rest. Celtic are eight points clear at the top with Brendan Rodgers' side having three games in hand on Hearts and Rangers, who are locked on 26 points.

Rangers host Aberdeen on Saturday, with Hearts going to Ross County and Celtic away to Motherwell in the early kick off.

FULL-TIME Hearts 2-0 Rangers

All the pre-match headlines were about Robbie Neilson and his imminent move to MK Dons but another Robbie - Muirhead - stole the show with two goals as Hearts jump above Aberdeen and Rangers to go second in the Premiership.

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson
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Hearts 2-0 Rangers

"Robbie, Robbie, give us a wave," sing the delighted Hearts fans. A big cheer as the departing manager obliges in very casual fashion.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Joe Garner is plugging away for Rangers, doing well to evade a couple of challenges in the box before slashing a horrible shot wide.

CLOSE!

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Faycal Rherras made a hat-trick of goal-line clearances against Motherwell at the weekend and the Hearts left-back does it again, heading away a powerful nod from Joe Garner.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

It's just not happening for Rangers tonight as Barrie McKay sprays a pass straight out of the park under no pressure. 

Hearts have bullied them and outplayed them.

All the best players are in maroon; Arnaud Djoum, Bjorn Johnsen and Don Cowie the pick of the bunch.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Strong play from Joe Garner, winning Rangers a free kick near the corner flag. Hearts make a change before the set-piece, which is unusual - Liam Smith on for Don Cowie. 

Smith gets an early touch, nearly deflecting a low delivery from James Tavernier into his own net.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Hearts goal-hero Robbie Muirhead gets a warm reception as he makes way for Prince Buaben after taking a knock or maybe it's cramp. He's put in a real shift this evening.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Hearts defender John Souttar is shown a yellow card for a late slide on the clearing Rob Kiernan. What's the centre-half doing up there charging down his opposite number?

PENALTY APPEAL

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Michael O'Halloran is the wrong side of Faycal Rherras and the Hearts man goes down in a heap. The Rangers sub is maybe a lucky man since he did have a hand on his opponent.

'Hearts in control'

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at Tynecastle

Rangers have developed a habit of rescuing themselves late in games, but this one seems beyond them. They continue to be hustled and harried, while Hearts players are more composed in possession. Johnsen, Djoum, and Kitchen have all been prominent figures in the game - dominant and influential. 

Rangers have not been able to muster a suitable response and are beginning to look forlorn. Even Hearts' fitness levels are impressive.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Jeers of derision from the home fans as a dreadful back-pass from Rob Kiernan results in a Hearts corner but the hosts cannot benefit as Jamie Walker's delivery fails to beat the defender guarding the near post.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Jason Holt has a pop at goal but John Souttar stands firm to make the block in front of Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Now it's a double change for Rangers, with Barrie McKay and Joe Garner replacing Matt Crooks and Joe Dodoo.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Robbie Muirhead has knocked in two goals and now he prevents a certain goal for Rangers, throwing himself into a challenge on Jason Holt inside the six yard box.

GREAT SAVE!

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Wes Foderingham is down smartly to claw out a low, curling strike from Hearts striker Bjorn Johnsen.

Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Michael O'Halloran is on for Harry Forrester. Can Rangers find a way back?

GOAL Hearts 2-0 Rangers

Robbie Muirhead

It's Robbie Muirhead at the back post again. This time he finishes off a cross from Jamie Walker, who was given way too much time and space to run on to a pass from Callum Paterson down the hosts' right flank.

Hearts celebrate going 2-0 up
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Hearts 1-0 Rangers

More nifty footwork from big Bjorn Johnsen as he evades two opponents and pings a shot towards Wes Foderingham's near post. It may have been spinning wide but the keeper takes no chances, pushing it behind for a corner.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Hearts 1-0 Rangers

A very, very late offside flag after Rangers are well into their celebrations. Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton is a lucky man as he knocks a shot from Kenny Miller back into the danger zone, with Joe Dodoo hooking the loose ball in. 

It looks like Harry Forrester is the player penalised as he stood in front of Hamilton.

Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Hearts are picking up where they left off in the first half, making all of the running. Callum Paterson takes up a good position on the right but his team-mates are too slow getting the ball to him and his deflected cross is gathered by Wes Foderingham.

Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Jamie Walker does well to fashion room for a shot on the edge of the penalty area but can only scuff a weak effort into the arms of Wes Foderingham as Hearts look for a second goal.

KICK-OFF

Hearts 1-0 Rangers

We're off again. No changes in personnel.

HT: Hearts 1-0 Rangers

"Mark Warburton needs to make changes because nothing has been working for Rangers," says BBC Sportsound pundit Steven Thompson.

HT: Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Rangers need to find a way back or they will surrender second place to Hearts, who started the evening three points behind but with a superior goal difference.

'Rangers have been second best'

HT: Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Richard Wilson

BBC Scotland at Tynecastle

Hearts were rewarded for finding some deftness amid the hectic play. Bjorn Johnsen has been smart with the ball and his influence turned the hosts' dominance into a one-goal advantage. 

The home side can treat the first-half as something to build on, whereas Rangers need to find the means to restore some poise to their effort. The visitors have been second best in most areas of the field, and once again they need to scrabble at half-time for the means to rescue themselves.

HALF-TIME Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Hearts deservedly in front thanks to Robbie Muirhead's goal right at the end of a half that was pretty dire until the home side started turning the screw with a period of sustained pressure.

Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Here come Rangers after a long spell on the back foot and Harry Forrester's deflected effort draws a diving save from Jack Hamilton, who sticks out a paw to stop the looping ball.

GOAL Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Robbie Muirhead

Hearts' pressure pays off as Arnaud Djoum collects a brilliant flick from Bjorn Johnsen to steam into the penalty box. He plays a pass back to the big striker and his ball across the face of goal is touched in by a sliding Robbie Muirhead.

Robbie Muirhead slides in the opening goal
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Hearts 0-0 Rangers

Bjorn Johnsen is proving a real handful for the Rangers defence as he sticks out one of his telescopic legs to deftly touch the ball over Danny Wilson inside the penalty box but Wes Foderingham is off his line smartly to make sure he doesn't collect.

GREAT SAVE!

Hearts 0-0 Rangers

Bjorn Johnsen gets a lot more power on this header, straight from a long throw-in from Callum Paterson. Wes Foderingham throws up an arm and manages to push it over his crossbar.

Hearts 0-0 Rangers

Hearts are well on top now and there's another save for Wes Foderingham to make as he gathers a header from Bjorn Johnsen from Don Cowie's curling free kick.

Hearts 0-0 Rangers

Rangers are creaking a bit here as Matt Crooks collects the first booking of the night for a trip on Callum Paterson. Moments later, the Hearts defender is thundering forward and shoots powerfully at Wes Foderingham, who awkwardly scoops it away.

Hearts 0-0 Rangers

Rangers can't get out of their own half in the face of some tigerish pressing from the hosts. Wes Foderingham is back-pedaling as a cross from Don Cowie floats narrowly by the far top corner.