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Colin Moffat

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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.

    Thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your Easter Sunday.

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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."

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    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."

  4. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    John Grant: "Yay. A good win and three points for #Rangers against the league champions. Clear in second place now with a game in hand! #BBCScotFootball"

    bringthemonjpn: "#bbcscotfootball Scottish football at its best. Big crowd ,heavy challenges, defence cutting passes, goals, red cards. Good match."

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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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Rangers won 2-1

    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.


    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    Minute 90 is upon us. Will Rangers hang on?

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    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.

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    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.


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

  18. 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.

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    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.

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    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.


    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.

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


    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.


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


    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.

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    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.


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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.


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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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."

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    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.

  37. KICK-OFF

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


    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.

  39. 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."

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    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.

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    Falkirk and Queen of the South, who won at Hibs yesterday and play Rangers on Thursday, are still very much in the picture, which is hugely impressive given the gulf in resources to the 'big three' in the division.

    At kick-off today, the Bairns were just three points off second place, although they have played one more game than Hibs and three more than Rangers. Queens are two points behind Falkirk and have a game in hand.

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    Hearts were 2-0 winners when the teams met at Tynecastle in November, Jason Holt and Jamie Walker on target after a first-half red card for Rangers' Stevie Smith. Can the visitors recover from a two-goal deficit against 10 men today?

    The Glasgow side will be back in Gorgie for their final league fixture in what promises to be a tight race for play-off places.


    Rangers 2-0 Hearts

    Rangers lead 2-0 at Ibrox

    Rangers have bossed the first 45 minutes with a high-tempo performance full of good movement and aggression, with Kenny Miller and Haris Vuckic knocking in two good goals. However, captain Lee McCulloch has undone some of that good work with a stupid red card.

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    The captain has really let the side down there with an ugly challenge. Rangers had all the momentum but that is sure to set them back.

  45. RED CARD

    Rangers skipper Lee McCulloch is sent for an early bath after leading with an elbow in an aerial challenge with Osman Sow.

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    Rangers just keep coming forward and Hearts look a little bewildered. The visitors are not used to getting the runaround like this...

  47. GOAL

    Rangers 2-0 Hearts (Vuckic)

    Haris Vuckic makes it 2-0

    Rangers doubled their lead in style as play is switched quickly from the left to Dean Shiels in a central area and he slips a pass to Haris Vuckic on the right. The Slovenian dips a shoulder to beat his man and arrows a shot into the far corner.

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    A dreadful kick clear from Cammy Bell goes straight to Jamie Walker but the Rangers goalkeeper redeems himself with a smart save low at his near post.

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    Hearts defender Alim Ozturk lines up a long-range free-kick, with Cammy Bell punching it clear. Sam Nicholson picks up the scraps on the edge of the box and fires narrowly wide.

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    Can Hearts respond? The ball breaks to Genero Zeefuik on the edge of the penalty area but the striker is slow to react and is quickly closed down.

  51. GOAL

    Rangers 1-0 Hearts (Miller)

    Nicky Law strides forward and lays a pass to the overlapping Lee Wallace, who fires in a low cross for Kenny Miller to sweep home from a central position 10 yards out.

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    The furious pace shows no sign of dropping as Rangers continue to snap and snarl into challenges but the hosts have not been able to test visiting keeper Neil Alexander since Nicky Law's early shot.

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    Both sets of fans burst into a prolonged period of applause in memory of the late Sandy Jardine, who represented both clubs and Scotland with great distinction.

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    Jamie Walker cuts inside from the left flank and lets fly from around 25 yards. The ball skips narrowly wide of the post, with Rangers keeper Cammy Bell at full-stretch.

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    Beaten only once in the league this season, Hearts insist there will be no let-up as they aim to establish new points and goals records for the second tier.

    Hibernian picked up 89 points when running away with the title in 1999. Hearts are eight points shy of that mark, with six games to go. Could they get another 14 goals in those six matches to reach the 100 mark?

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    Hearts play a smart short corner, with Jamie Walker slaloming his way into the penalty area but Lee McCulloch gets his foot in just as the midfielder pulls the trigger.

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    Hearts striker Osman Sow gets his long legs going to gallop into the penalty area from a central position and it needs a great sliding challenge from Darren McGregor to stop him in his tracks.

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    Rangers really have the bit between their teeth, hunting the ball down in packs, and playing at a ferocious tempo.

  59. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    bringthemonjpn: "Going by the Rangers starting lineup they are looking to pound things out in a heavy midfield."

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    BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson at Ibrox

    "Hearts fans are already enjoying the occasion at Ibrox. This is a moment for them to revel in, but the team will not lose its focus. The champions are intent on maintaining their form, while Rangers have an opportunity to move above Hibs and back into second place. Can Stuart McCall's team continue their improvement? They will have to if they are to take any points off a strong Hearts side."

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    The Hearts squad had a few shandies on the evening of Rangers' win at Hibs but head coach Robbie Neilson has been working them hard as ever since. The rookie boss has deployed double and triple training sessions this season and that extra work has paid off handsomely.

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    Rangers have started brightly here and are unbeaten since interim manager Stuart McCall took over from Kenny McDowall, with two victories following two uncertain draws.

    However, it may be premature to suggest they are fully back on track since three goals in the last seven minutes put extra gloss on a 4-1 home win over Cowdenbeath last time out.

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    That set-piece looked like a rehearsed number with Nicky Law complaining about being sent back into a defensive role before wheeling round to get into a good shooting position.

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    Early corner to Rangers and it's knocked out to Nicky Law on the edge of the penalty box and the midfielder's thumping shot is well held by Neil Alexander.

  65. KICK-OFF

    Rangers get us started, with Ibrox bathed in glorious Easter sunshine...

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    Hearts are clapped on by Rangers

    Rangers form a guard of honour for champions Hearts - and the visitors get a sporting round of applause from the home players. The welcome from the home support is not so friendly. There are around 2,000 fans from Edinburgh at Ibrox and they are making quite a racket.

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    Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I want to build a team that will keep pushing forward and is capable of competing at the very top. We've got a strong team and we want to put on a show as the champions. It's important to keep on winning and we need to be focused."

    The Hearts boss also confirms that full-back Adam Eckersley will not be offered a new deal.

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    Rangers manager Stuart McCall on BBC Radio Scotland

    "What we have done is get the belief and morale up a bit and we have to go into this one in a positive frame of mind. Hearts have won 26 out of 30 games, which is magnificent and I think this could be a good, open game."


    Rangers: Bell; McGregor, McCulloch, Zaliukas, Wallace; Shiels, Law, Murdoch, Vuckic; Miller, Clark. Subs: Simonsen, Mohsni, Black, Templeton, Crawford, Hardie, Boyd.

    Hearts: Alexander, Paterson, Wilson, Ozturk, McHattie, Gomis, Pallardo, Walker, Nicholson, Sow, Zeefuik. Subs: Hamilton, King, Keatings, Anderson, McKay, McGhee, El Hassnaoui.

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    Both managers make two changes to their starting line-ups. Playmaker Haris Vuckic and former Hearts skipper Marius Zaliukas are recalled to the home ranks, with Bilel Mohsni and another former Jambo David Templeton dropping to the bench. Hearts bring in Sam Nicholson and Kevin McHattie for Billy King and Adam Eckersley.

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    Rangers handed Hearts the title with a 2-0 win at Easter Road a few weeks ago. Hibernian remain second in the table but have lost two more on the spin since that loss and the hosts can overtake them today if they avoid defeat.

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    Hearts captain Danny Wilson at Ibrox

    Remember this? Hearts' visit to Ibrox on 16 January was abandoned at 0-0 after 25 minutes because of heavy snow.

    Back then, Hearts were 13 points clear at the top. Now, that lead has been doubled and they arrive in Glasgow as the Championship champions.