Scottish Premiership
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Rangers 2-0 Heart of Midlothian

Rob Kiernan scores
Rob Kiernan's first goal for Rangers put the hosts ahead

Rangers consolidated second place in the Premiership as Ian Cathro lost his first match as Hearts head coach.

The hosts had the better first-half chances and moved into the lead when Rob Kiernan headed in James Tavernier's free-kick.

Hearts had earlier netted through Don Cowie, but the midfielder was flagged offside.

A long throw-in by Lee Wallace found its way to Barrie McKay to poke home Rangers' second.

Barrie McKay scores
McKay netted his first league goal of the season

Rangers move clear in second

Mark Warburton's side now lead Hearts by five points and go four clear of Aberdeen, who have a game in hand. Celtic, with three games in hand, lead the division by eight points.

Hearts had beaten Rangers 2-0 in Robbie Neilson's last match in charge on 30 November, with Jon Daly in interim charge for last weekend's 2-2 draw with Ross County.

Warburton's men had recovered from their loss at Tynecastle by beating Aberdeen to reclaim second place and Rangers were determined to hold on to it with several openings before Kiernan scored.

Wallace was wide with one effort and saw another saved and Kenny Miller lobbed wide from a promising position.

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Highlights: Rangers 2-0 Hearts

Goal droughts end

However, the home fans would see their team in front by half-time, Kiernan powerfully nodding home Tavernier's free-kick. It was the defender's first goal since joining Rangers in June 2015.

Rangers continued where they left off in the second half and took advantage of sloppy defending by Igor Rossi and Facyal Rherras when Wallace's throw was not cut out and McKay applied the finish - his first goal since netting in the League Cup in July.

Joe Garner and Miller's replacement Martyn Waghorn had further efforts as the home side finished strongly, with one of Waghorn's shots requiring a fine block by Jack Hamilton.

No dream debut for Cathro

Ian Cathro
Cathro was appointed as Robbie Neilson's replacement on Monday

Hearts' best spell had come in the first half and Cowie celebrated after finishing on the rebound following a Callum Paterson shot that was saved by Wes Foderingham.

However, the visitors and their new head coach, who joined after spells on the coaching staff at Rio Ave, Valencia and Newcastle, would be left frustrated by the linesman's raised flag.

Hearts' Jamie Walker fired wide but was later booked for simulation in what proved to be a disappointing debut for 30-year-old Cathro.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 17Hodson
  • 4Kiernan
  • 6Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 2Tavernier
  • 16Halliday
  • 23Holt
  • 9MillerSubstituted forWaghornat 60'minutes
  • 7GarnerBooked at 42minsSubstituted forDodooat 88'minutes
  • 10McKaySubstituted forBurtat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Dodoo
  • 21Crooks
  • 24Senderos
  • 25Gilks
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 33Waghorn
  • 52Burt

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2PatersonBooked at 67mins
  • 14Souttar
  • 4Rossi
  • 3Rherras
  • 6KitchenBooked at 36mins
  • 15CowieSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 7WalkerBooked at 41minsSubstituted forWattat 51'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 45mins
  • 23MuirheadSubstituted forSammonat 69'minutes
  • 20Johnsen

Substitutes

  • 5Ozturk
  • 8Buaben
  • 13Noring
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 18Sammon
  • 24Smith
  • 32Watt
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
50,039

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Foul by Liam Burt (Rangers).

Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Liam Burt replaces Barrie McKay.

Attempt blocked. Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jason Holt (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Joseph Dodoo replaces Joe Garner.

Joe Garner (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Liam Smith replaces Don Cowie.

Attempt missed. Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Faycal Rherras.

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Conor Sammon replaces Robbie Muirhead.

Booking

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Joe Garner (Rangers).

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Martyn Waghorn replaces Kenny Miller.

Attempt missed. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Tony Watt (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Joe Garner (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic14131043123140
2Rangers179532317632
3Aberdeen1684428151328
4Hearts1776431211027
5St Johnstone166552219323
6Kilmarnock174671529-1418
7Ross County173861728-1117
8Hamilton1621041822-416
9Motherwell164482027-716
10Dundee174491422-816
11Inverness CT173682233-1115
12Partick Thistle163581826-814
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