Antonio Colak’s scientific first-half double set Rangers on their strategy to a cushty 4-0 win away to 10-man Hearts.
The Croatia striker took his tally for the season to 11 objectives since he joined from Malmö in the summertime. Cammy Devlin’s purple card shortly earlier than the break undermined the Jambos’ hopes of a fightback earlier than strikes within the closing quarter of an hour from Alfredo Morelos, on instead, and Ryan Kent sealed a morale-boasting victory for Rangers forward of their Champions League journey to Liverpool on Tuesday.
Robbie Neilson, the Hearts supervisor, made one tweak to the aspect that began the 3-0 win away to Motherwell final trip as Stephen Humphrys began as an alternative of Andy Halliday. Rangers made two adjustments from the aspect that began the win over Dundee United a fortnight in the past as kids Leon King and Charlie McCann made manner for Rabbi Matondo and Ben Davies, who got here again in for his first look since mid-August.
The guests had the primary likelihood of the match after three minutes when Davies had a close-range effort deflected behind from a James Tavernier nook. Moments later the identical participant noticed his header from one other Tavernier nook scrambled out by Craig Gordon, the Hearts goalkeeper.
Rangers went forward within the sixth minute when Colak headed in off Gordon’s left-hand submit after assembly a stunning Kent cross from the left. Hearts tried to discover a response and Humphrys threatened with a few highly effective strikes from outdoors the field.
Scott Arfield had an incredible likelihood to double Rangers’ lead within the twentieth minute when he received in behind after Lewis Neilson – with the solar in his eyes – appeared to lose the flight of a ball excessive, however the Rangers midfielder rolled his effort broad from contained in the field. The guests’ second purpose arrived 10 minutes later, nevertheless, when Matondo slipped a properly weighted go into the trail of Colak who clipped a stunning end previous Gordon from the angle of the six-yard field.
Issues received worse for Hearts within the thirty eighth minute after Devlin was proven a straight purple card for racing in and stamping on the ankle of Matondo because the Rangers participant shielded the ball from Alex Cochrane on the touchline in entrance of the visiting technical space. Each side made double substitutions initially of the second half and Hearts’ two replacements virtually had a swift affect when Halliday headed broad from Robert Snodgrass’s nook within the forty eighth minute.
4 minutes later, Rangers winger Kent had a low angled shot deflected broad of the far submit. From the ensuing nook, Steven Davis fired over from contained in the field after being picked out by Tavernier. The guests killed off any hope of a Hearts fightback within the 76th minute when Morelos blasted residence from eight yards out after being arrange by Tavernier. Kent put the seal on Rangers’ victory within the first minute of stoppage time when he stepped away from Peter Haring and fired in a superb low strike from simply contained in the field.