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Summary

  1. FT: Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers (Windass, Tavernier)
  2. FT: Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone (Campbell, Main)
  3. Championship: Falkirk 3-1 Brechin City, League One: Raith Rovers 3-1 Albion Rovers

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By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

Thanks for your company on an evening when Rangers closed the gap on second-placed Aberdeen to three points and Motherwell nudged back into the top six.

Join us again at the weekend for all the thrills and spills of the Scottish Cup.

Good night.

'We made some errors, but the two goals were outstanding'

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Rangers manager Graeme Murty, talking to Rangers TV: "Job done. We weren’t as slick as I would like, we made some fundamental errors at times, but the two goals we scored were outstanding. When we moved the ball sharp at our tempo and intensity we cut through them really well. At times it wasn’t where we needed it to be, but the second half was better.

"I said to the boys that we needed to come here to do a professional job, we needed to be resilient, solid. I didn’t think we were at times, but we showed some resilience. The important bit wasn’t about playing well, it was putting all the elements together. The pleasing part for me was the clean sheet, although we got away with a couple. With the talent we have in the team, we have the ability to take the games away from people, and we need to build from a base of solidity.

"The first one, the execution was excellent. We have people who can deal with the ball really well. Once we got our timing and angles right, the slickness was fantastic. That’s why this group excites me, because they have that level.

"The word mercurial was coined for him (first scorer Josh Windass). Some of the stuff he does is at a really high level, then he baffles you with some of the decisions he makes. His challenge is to always be at the top level and in the back two thirds he needs to be more secure with the ball and do his work for the team.

"As much as I gave Tav (James Tavernier) stick at the weekend, he comes up with that goal for us. I’m pleased for us responding, because it would have been easy to come here and feel sorry for ourselves."

Rangers manager Graeme Murty with striker Jason Cummings
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Rangers manager Graeme Murty with striker Jason Cummings

FT: Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

We've just got time to bring you some reaction from Rangers boss Graeme Murty... Two ticks.

Derby days demoralise Jags

Well, Partick Thistle are still waiting for a first win over Rangers since 1993. Their record against Celtic ain't much better, I'm afraid. It was 1995 when a Wayne Foster double helped the Jags to a 3-1 league win.

Celtic v Thistle on the telly

There's another Glasgow derby for Partick Thistle on Saturday and BBC Scotland will be broadcasting pictures of their lunchtime trip to Celtic Park.

You can see that on BBC One Scotland and via the BBC Sport website.

Up for the Cup

The next action is at the weekend when the Scottish Cup enters round five.

On Saturday, the card looks like this:

Celtic v Partick Thistle

Cove Rangers v Falkirk

Dundee v Motherwell

Heart of Midlothian v St Johnstone

Kilmarnock v Brora Rangers

Greenock Morton v Dumbarton

On Sunday...

Ayr United v Rangers

Aberdeen v Dundee United

We could have won by more - 'Well boss

FT: Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson talking to BBC Scotland:

"I felt we could have won by more. I picked a team that could fight and battle because St Johnstone always make it difficult and I thought we out-battled them.

"We've only lost one in six now. It was what we were doing earlier in the season and our link up play was excellent in the second half.

"Curtis Main scored one but he's not happy, he thought he should have had a hat-trick. He sets himself high standards and I love that."

Wright worried by Saints' slump

FT: Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright, talking to BBC Scotland:

"Not good enough. I've just asked the players 'how can we go from being comfortable in the first half to being totally dominated?' I'll be looking for answers over the next few days. It's the same old, same old, we can't put in a performance over 90 minutes.

"We didn't do the basics, we didn't stop crosses, we didn't win headers, and that gave Motherwell a platform to play.

"It's the result we deserve. The players can forget about top six at the moment. We'll just have to take each game as it comes.

"We have caused this and we'll have to get ourselves out of it."

'The goal that was chalked off looked onside'

FT: Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "We started brightly, and had good opportunities in the first half. The goal that was chalked off looked onside. Conor (Sammon) was unlucky and hit the post but you need to take your chances. [The opening goal was a] good bit of play from Rangers, and we switched off, for the first goal.

"[The offside decision - against Ryan Edwards] is tight, but he’s still onside. Usually the striker gets the benefit of the doubt and we didn’t. Like any other manager I’m frustrated about it.

"If Conor takes his chance, it’s a different game. You expect it to roll into the goal, but we’ve got to react better to the first goal, we were a wee bit flat.

"We’ve got to deal with the ball up to the striker. I know it’s a good goal from Rangers’ point of view, but you’ve got to be able to pick the bones out of it.

"He’s a real good team player, Conor. We’ve got a lot of positives to take from it. We were on top for parts of the first half.

"We fell out of it a bit and tired. A few of the guys haven’t played a lot of football and that showed.

"We weren’t dominated, we gave a good account of ourselves, and our shape and structure was good for most of the game."

Saints lose their way

FT: Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

The visitors started strongly at the weekend and lost at Tynecastle. It was a similar story tonight and that will be a concern for manager Tommy Wright, with another trip to Hearts coming at the weekend in the Scottish Cup before a visit to champions Celtic.

Rangers find form on the road

FT: Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Rangers have largely done well on their travels this season, with the majority of their slip ups coming at Ibrox.

That's nine wins on the road and just six at home in the league for the Premiership's third-placed team.

Josh Windass crashed in the opening goal on 39 minutes
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Josh Windass crashed in the opening goal on 39 minutes
James Tavernier curled in a lovely second goal in the second half
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James Tavernier curled in a lovely second goal in the second half

Rangers count on quality finishes

FT: Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Firhill

This was a test for Rangers after a weekend defeat at Ibrox and in the end they answered that strongly despite Thistle’s best efforts.

Their route to victory was about quality rather than battling, with both goals absolutely top drawer.

Graeme Murty’s side move to within three points of Aberdeen in second place. The manager will now seek a consistent run of wins.

Following Sunday's Scottish Cup visit to Ayr United, Rangers face Hamilton (A), Hearts (H) & St Johnstone (A) before Celtic visit Ibrox on 11 March.

FULL-TIME Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

It's a deserved three points for Motherwell and they move up to sixth in the Scottish Premiership.

St Johnstone's indifferent form continues and they are now six points outside the top half of the table.

The visitors started brightly but faded on their way to a sixth league match without a win.

Motherwell celebrate
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Allan Campbell (left) scored Motherwell's opener

GREAT SAVE!

Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Gael Bigirimana tests Alan Mannus with a curling shot, the St Johnstone goalkeeper awkwardly pushing the ball wide.

FULL-TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP

Falkirk 3-1 Brechin City

LEAGUE ONE

Raith Rovers 3-1 Albion Rovers

FULL-TIME Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Two fantastic finishes secure maximum points for Graeme Murty's men, with Josh Windass and James Tavernier the men on target.

Thistle had their moments in the first half, with Conor Sammon going close on a couple of occasions.

Once the visitors got their second goal the result was never in doubt.

Next three vital for Thistle

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Firhill

There’s no sign of a Thistle comeback with Rangers now in control.

It’s the next three league games that will perhaps prove more meaningful, with Alan Archibald’s side facing Dundee, Hamilton and Ross County after the weekend Scottish Cup tie against Celtic.

Strong results in those will go a long way to ensuring Premiership safety.

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

James Penrice takes a bang to the head and Thistle boss Alan Archibald is taking no chances, sending on Moustapha Dumbuya in his place.

CLOSE!

Motherwell 0-0 St Johnstone

Chances have been few and far between for St Johnstone in the second half but Blair Alston comes close with an effort wide of the left-hand post.

What's up Doc?

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Greg Docherty will make a brief cameo for Rangers, taking over from Daniel Candeias, who set up the opening goal of the evening with a fantastic cross.

Louis who?

Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Curtis Main is applauded off by the Motherwell fans as he is replaced by Deimantas Petravicius.

The big forward has made a fine start to his Well career, with four goals in five league matches, and the Steelmen suddenly don't seem to be missing Louis Moult.

Curtis Main cracks in the second goal for Motherwell at Fir Park
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Main cracks in the second goal for Motherwell at Fir Park

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

A wee scare for Rangers as keeper Wes Foderingham stops a Miles Storey effort right on his goal-line.

Danny Devine is then involved in two timely interceptions in his own penalty area as Rangers speed up the park looking for a third goal.

Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Another chance for Motherwell's Curtis Main, this time a volley, which is held by Alan Mannus.

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

It's all fizzled out a bit at Firhill as Rangers ease to victory. Jason Cummings has been quiet for up front for the visitors and his night is over as Alfredo Morelos comes on the for the final 10 minutes.

GOAL Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Curtis Main

If one man deserves a goal this evening it's Curtis Main.

The hard-working striker takes Richard Tait's pass, sets himself on the turn and fires low into the bottom right corner.

It looks like the points are staying at Fir Park.

Can Doolan deliver for Thistle?

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Thistle change things up top and it's a surprise to see Conor Sammon making way for Kris Doolan.

Bairns back in control

Panic over for Falkirk as Louis Longridge strikes to make it 3-1 against the Championship strugglers.

More goals in Championship & League One

Dylan Mackin has pulled one back for Brechin City at Falkirk, with the score now 2-1 to the Bairns.

It's also 2-1 at Stark's Park, with John Herron scoring his second of the evening for Raith Rovers after Michael Hopkins levelled briefly for Albion Rovers.

GOAL Motherwell 1-0 St Johnstone

Allan Campbell

Motherwell get the goal their second-half performance so far has deserved.

Curtis Main plays in the overlapping Andy Rose and his low ball across is converted by Allan Campbell.

Long way back for Thistle

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Firhill

A Partick Thistle comeback seems unlikely now. It’s all down to two moments of quite stunning quality and execution.

Tavernier’s strike was unstoppable perhaps only bettered by the build up for Windass’ opener which was fantastic.

It’s been a difficult challenge for Rangers but it looks as though they’ve navigated it well, riding an early storm from the home side and gradually taking control.

James Tavernier curls in Rangers' second goal of the evening
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Tavernier curls in Rangers' second goal of the evening

Motherwell 0-0 St Johnstone

Chris Cadden twists and weaves his way towards the edge of the St Johnstone box but his shot is disappointing.

Ouch!

Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

Thistle keeper Tomas Cerny is brave as he blocks at the feet of striker Jason Cummings following a slick counter-attack from the visitors. He looks winded but he'll be fine to continue.

Main man for Motherwell

Motherwell 0-0 St Johnstone

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Fir Park

It’s all Motherwell in the opening stages of the second half. Curtis Main is a real handful but just can’t find his way to goal. And when he does Alan Mannus pulls off a smart save with his foot.

Saints look shell-shocked and have yet to lay a glove on their hosts since the restart.

Curtis Main crashed a shot against the crossbar in the first half
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Main crashed a shot against the crossbar in the first half

GOAL Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

James Tavernier

It's another beauty! Josh Windass is the provider this time, returning a pass to James Tavernier, who strides forward and curls one into the top bin from 25 yards. A first class finish.

Motherwell 0-0 St Johnstone

Curtis Main should do better as he snatches at his shot and fires wide as Motherwell press at the start of the second half.

GREAT SAVE!

Partick Thistle 0-1 Rangers

Tomas Cerny does well to block a shot from James Tavernier as the Rangers full-back runs on to a pass from Jamie Murphy.

Jags send for Erskine

Partick Thistle 0-1 Rangers

Chris Erskine is on for the home side, replacing Blair Spittal, who was a lively presence in the opening 45 minutes.

KICK-OFF

Motherwell 0-0 St Johnstone

The teams are back out at Fir Park now as well...

Rangers make a change

Partick Thistle 0-1 Rangers

The second half is up and running, with Andy Halliday taking over at left-back from Declan John. An enforced change by the looks of it but the midfielder does have some experience of filling in at the back.

A 'brilliant finish from Windass'

HT: Parick Thistle 0-1 Rangers

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

Partick will feel incredibly frustrated but you have to hold your hands up when you’re beaten by quality. It was brilliant play, decisive and clinical from Rangers, they went 70 yards up with the pitch with three passes, and a brilliant finish from Windass. Partick started the better team; they were harrying the Rangers midfield. After the goal, Partick kept on pushing, and right on the final whistle Conor Sammon had his chance.