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Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

  1. Old Firm, same old story

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    A rare all-Edinburgh final was a possibility, but that was always going to be a tall order considering Hibs and Hearts' woes in the Premiership.

    Instead, as expected, it is the first Old Firm final since 2011 after Celtic's demolition of Hibs yesterday and the ease of Rangers' victory today.

    Steven Gerrard's side will attempt to end Celtic's run of nine domestic trophies in a row at Hampden on 8 December.

    The Glasgow rivals are nip and tuck at the top of the Premiership and a classic final is in prospect.

    Rangers' Filip Helander celebrates
    Image caption: Filip Helander opened the scoring for Rangers against Hearts
  2. Morelos man of the match

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    The counting's done and, not surprisingly, Alfredo Morelos is your choice as man of the match after two goals that took the striker's total for the season to 20.

    Player rater
  3. MacPhee in charge against St Mirren

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    As we heard pre-match, Hearts are in no rush to make a permanent appointment and Austin MacPhee will have at least one more chance to lead his team out when they face St Mirren in the Premiership next weekend before the international break.

    Former Hearts and Scotland winger Neil McCann threw his hat in the ring on BBC Scotland's Sportsound this afternoon. Who will be next?

  4. MacPhee reaction to come

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    We've not heard from Austin MacPhee yet. I'm sure it won't have dented his enthusiasm for taking the Hearts job on permanently, but it will be a sore one for the caretaker manager and won't have helped his cause.

    Watch out for his reaction later on the BBC Sport website.

  5. 'Cup final too close to call'

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: The way it has gone over the last few years, Celtic have been the dominant champions. This Rangers team, as they are now, they are evenly matched. The challenge is getting bigger and bigger. I expect the final to be so close, probably too close to call
  6. 'We're in better shape' - Gerrard

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard tells BT Sport "we were aware we had five previous attempts" at getting to a final without success.

    "I thought we were outstanding," he says. "We were in total control, dominated the majority of the game.

    "Once the game opened up, you could see our quality."

    Referring to last season's 1-0 defeat by Aberdeen at the same stage, Gerrard suggests his team are much improved.

    "I felt differently about mentally," he says. "With all due respect, last year I knew we were limited. Standing today with Alfredo Morelos and Jermian Defoe, I felt different. We're in better shape than 12 months ago."

    Steven Gerrard celebrates as Rangers beat Hearts 3-0
    Image caption: Steven Gerrard celebrates as Rangers beat Hearts 3-0
  7. MacPhee gameplan undone

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    For Hearts, it is a game that will do little to improve caretaker Austin MacPhee's chances of taking the job permanently.

    His gameplan was not helped by injuries to Glenn Whelan and Michael Smith, but his side were already second best before those two added to Hearts' long list of injury problems.

    It was a mirror image of yesterday's first semi-final - the Glasgow side easing aside their rivals from Edinburgh.

    Unlike Hibs in their 5-2 loss to Celtic, though, Hearts rarely looked like grabbing the crumb of comfort that comes from a goal at Hampden.

    Austin MacPhee
  8. Kent eyes Hampden silverware

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Rangers winger Ryan Kent is looking forward to the cup final against Celtic.

    "These are the games you relish as a professional," he tells BT Sport. "It will be a tough game, but we've got lots of confidence and hopefully we can come away with some silverware.

    "The first goal was key today and it gave us a lot of confidence going into the second."

  9. Jack aims high for Rangers

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is "over the moon" with the victory.

    "I'm obviously delighted for the club and supporters," he tells BT Sport. "We've got a lot of big games, they come think and fast and we're delighted to get to a final.

    "This squad's got great talent and who knows how far we can go?"

    Rangers' Ryan Jack is congratulated by Steven Gerrard
  10. Get Involved - tweet using hashtag #BBCSportScot

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    What did you make of the 90 minutes? Can Rangers win the trophy? Should Austin MacPhee be given more time to stake a claim to get the Hearts managers' job permanently?Tweet us using hashtag #BBCSportScot

    Twitter post
  11. Deserved win for Rangers

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Rangers exposed areas that Hearts left open. Hearts practically gave up in the second half. It was just a knife through butter at times in the second half. It is going to be some final and it could be anybody's game. Rangers are certainly deserving of their place in the final
  12. Old Firm march on to 8 December

    FT: Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Will it be Steven Gerrard's first trophy since becoming Rangers manager? Or will Neil Lennon secure Celtic's 10th domestic trophy in a row?

    It's a mouthwatering prospect for Hampden Park on 8 December.

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard
    Image caption: Steven Gerrard will get his first crack at Celtic in a cup final
  13. Rate the players

    Rangers v Hearts

    Who impressed? And who didn't? Rate the players after Rangers swept aside Hearts at Hampden.

  14. FULL-TIME Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Rangers ease into their first cup final since losing to Hibernian in 2016.

    Filip Helander broke Hearts' resistance just before the break and it was a procession in the second half as Alfredo Morelos scored twice for Steven Gerrard's side.

    It will be an Old Firm final at Hampden after Celtic's 5-2 win over Hibernian yesterday - the first since Rangers beat their city rivals in the League Cup final of 2011.

    Rangers' Alfredo Morelos celebrates
    Image caption: Alfredo Morelos scored twice for Rangers
  15. Post update

    Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Close to Rangers' fourth goal as Joe Aribo directs the ball towards goal from a corner and goalkeeper Joel Pereira and Steven Naismith between them scoop it off the line.

  16. Tough game for MacPhee

    Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Neil McCann

    Former Hearts & Rangers winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: It's been a tough game for Austin MacPhee, but Hearts have done nothing with the ball, they've not got in good enough areas to give us an idea of what he's worked on offensively.
  17. Two minutes of stoppage time

    Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Hearts only have two more minutes of agony to endure as we enter stoppage time.

  18. Question marks about Hearts tactics

    Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: In theory, you can understand why Hearts have played narrow to drive through Rangers, but I don't think it was a wise idea to leave Tavernier and Barisic unmarked as often as they have done
  19. Post update

    Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Double save from Joel Pereira, first from Jermain Defoe and then from Scott Arfield after the goalkeeper pushes the second effort away from goal.

    Rangers not letting Hearts off the hook.

  20. YELLOW CARD (Defoe)

    Rangers 3-0 Heart of Midlothian

    Jermain Defoe is fortunate to escape with a yellow card as he elbows Aaron Hickey in the face as the young Hearts defender challenges from behind.

    Naughty from the English veteran.