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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

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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.

  2. '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
    Image caption: Rangers manager Graeme Murty with striker Jason Cummings
  3. Post update

    FT: Partick Thistle 0-2 Rangers

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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."

  8. 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."

  9. '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."

  10. 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.

  11. 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
    Image caption: Josh Windass crashed in the opening goal on 39 minutes
    James Tavernier curled in a lovely second goal in the second half
    Image caption: James Tavernier curled in a lovely second goal in the second half
  12. 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.

  13. 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
    Image caption: Allan Campbell (left) scored Motherwell's opener
  14. 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.

  15. FULL-TIME

    CHAMPIONSHIP

    Falkirk 3-1 Brechin City

    LEAGUE ONE

    Raith Rovers 3-1 Albion Rovers

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.