So Rangers pull further clear in the Scottish Championship after another controversial finish. Join us for more thrills and spills of the Scottish Cup tomorrow evening as Dundee host Falkirk and Forfar Athletic face Linlithgow Rose in their re-arranged ties.
- Championship leaders visit Cappielow
- Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay score
- Rangers extend lead to five points
- Morton remain in sixth place
In reply to Dougie Reid earlier comment regarding St Johnstone's ticket allocation, if it had been based on average home attendances for this season the split should be 69% Hibs and 31% Saints and not the 80 / 20 ratio that's now happened !! The question I would like to know is how many tickets have Hibs still got to sell for Saturday's game? As many St Johnstone fans have missed through no fault of their own.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton, talking to BT Sport, has been insisting that Andy Halliday was simply celebrating with his own side's fans and said he was "mystified and bemused" by the decision to show the midfielder a second yellow card.
Morton boss Jim Duffy also expressed his surprise at the decision while admitting he was concentrating on reorganising his side after they had gone 2-0 behind.
"On Burns Day, we didn't want to be a wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie and I don't think we were that.
"We asked the players to show commitment and I think they did that in abundance.
"Rangers have got that, particularly in the final third, and it is one of those games where we just had to do our best.
"Sometimes you have got to lift your hands up on those occasions when the other side has a wee bit more in the tank."
BBC Scotland reporter Richard Wilson understands that Andy Halliday was shown a second yellow card for making an offensive gesture towards the Morton fans. Rangers manager Mark Warburton was raging at the decision on the touchline, but there is no appeal process for two yellow cards.
- Quote Message: Andy Halliday is going to be missed as he does a big job in Rangers' midfield and it will be even more disappointing if he has got sent off for something silly from Peter Lovenkrands Former Rangers forward on BBC Radio Scotland
- Quote Message: Rangers have not been at their best, but this is a difficult place to come and they have done a professional job to take the three points and Mark Warburton will be content with that as they prepare to meet us at the weekend. from Peter Houston Falkirk manager on BBC Radio Scotland
Despite being reduced to 10 men late on, Rangers secure the victory that takes them five points clear of Hibs at the top of the Scottish Championship.
Mark Russell delivers a fine curling cross to the near post and it meets the head of Declan McManus, but the striker's header goes wide of the near post from 14 yards.
Four minutes of stoppage time to be added.
Morton are living dangerously as they leave gaps at the back and Martyn Waghorn ought to have done better than scoop a shot over the crossbar from 16 yards.
Rangers sub Harry Forrester ought to have finished the game as a contest, but he is denied by Derek Gaston from point blank range as the goalkeeper spreads himself well.
Yet another change, with Bobby Barr, who has done well for Morton down the wing, being replaced with young forward Jon Scullion.
Another change for Morton. Striker for striker this time, with Swansea City man Alex Samuel replacing Denny Johnstone, who is on loan from Birmingham City.
Michael Tidser has hardly been on the field for any amount of time and the midfielder is booked for a foul on Dean Shiels.
"Ironically, since the sending off, Morton have become less tidy with the ball."
Morton manager Jim Duffy makes his move, bringing on midfielder Michael Tidser for striker Stefan McCluskey.