By Brian McLauchlin
BBC Scotland at Tynecastle
Hearts paralyzed Rangers for the 2nd time this season to knock them out of the Scottish Cup in a fiery quarter-closing at Tynecastle.
Rangers, who were with out Alfredo Morelos after he became oncedropped as a end result of a disciplinary negate, suffered defeat away to the Premiership’s bottom facet after also doing so final month.
Oliver Bozanic drove Hearts ahead from a defensive mix-up, and so they might well possibly maintain increased their lead in a sturdy exhibiting that also saw Steven Naismith creep conclude uninteresting on.
Hearts, who had a intention disallowed within the first half for an unprecedented Loic Damour handball, will glean out their opponents in Sunday’s semi-closing procedure, and so they might well possibly be paired with Edinburgh rivals Hibernian after they beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Friday.
Nonetheless, the cease end result came at a label with defender John Souttar struggling a season-ending Achilles harm after correct 16 minutes after falling to the ground off the ball, with Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack pressured off early for the guests.
Hearts cease Rangers’ cup desires
Whether or now not it became once the arrival of storm Jorge or the indisputable truth that there were many empty seats within the house cease internal Tynecastle, the atmosphere became once very flat within the outlet period.
But with Rangers having a stare lacklustre up entrance within the absence of Morelos, the benched Jermain Defoe and the cup-tied Florian Kamberi, Hearts twice came conclude to opening the scoring.
Steven Naismith pressured Allan McGregor into a fingertip save with a header from eight yards out, and Damour had a volley blocked from conclude vary.
Referee Steven MacLean became once having a mighty night time and Rangers midfielder Jack might well possibly perhaps possibly properly were lucky to simplest look a yellow after a excessive misfortune on Michael Smith.
But correct because the first half became once in actuality fizzling out the game burst into saunter.
As Steven Naismith raced towards the Rangers intention, defender George Edmundson clearly used his left arm to encourage usher the ball some distance from hazard. Nonetheless, the incident became once disregarded by the referee.
The controversy persevered from the corner when Damour used both hands to flick the ball beyond the guests defence and into the underside corner of the intention. MacLean on the starting set awarded the intention but after hails of protests from the Rangers gamers, modified his mind and gave the guests a free-kick. But, he elected to now not present the Frenchman a 2nd yellow card, and on the half-time whistle Steven Gerard and Naismith argued their functions on the mouth of the tunnel.
Early within the 2nd half Damour had a volley deflected broad by the knee of Edmundson because the guests defence persevered to stare shaky.
The house facet grew in self belief, with the breakthrough coming giftwrapped.
James Tavernier struggled to positive, Lewis Moore chased what regarded to be a misplaced location off, cut the ball support for Bozanic after McGregor had dedicated himself, and the ball became once hammered home from conclude vary.
Rangers pushed ahead, leaving gaps on the support. And, after a mistake by Edmundson on the sting of the box, Naismith became once given a positive behold of intention but the ball sliced off the sting of his boot and broad of the target.
The guests did maintain potentialities with Edmundson twice heading over from spherical six yards out, but the Hearts defence stood company to receive their location within the semi-closing.