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Hearts 0-2 Rangers: Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo strike early as unbeaten Tynecastle run ends


Early goals from Alfredo Morelos and Joe Aribo gave Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers a 2-0 win at Hearts, who lost at Tynecastle for the first time this season.

Hearts, who had won five and drawn three of their home league games before the lunchtime kick-off, flew out of the blocks and could have led inside two minutes through Liam Boyce’s lob, but from Rangers’ first attack after nine minutes Morelos fired home Fashion Sakala’s cutback – and they never looked back.

Hearts had not trailed at Tynecastle for a single minute this season and were left stunned as Joe Aribo quickly made it two, taking down a long Connor Goldson pass before firing a powerful finish past Craig Gordon with 13 minutes played.

The hosts struggled to regain their momentum but rallied after half-time, striking the bar twice and watching on as Liam Boyce missing a gilt-edged chance, before Josh Ginnelly wasted any realistic hopes of a comeback with a stupid second yellow card for squaring up to Borna Barisic.

Rangers move seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table before Celtic play Motherwell later, when Well could reduce the gap to third-placed Hearts to two points with victory.

What’s next?

Hearts are at Dundee on December 18 at 3pm, while Rangers host St Johnstone at 7.45pm on Wednesday.




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