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Radio Scotland's Alastair Alexander
"Rangers are now nine games unbeaten at Ibrox."
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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"Performance wise we can do much, much better."
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Hearts manager Craig Levein
"I think Willie Young had a great game."
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Saturday, 3 March, 2001, 20:57 GMT
Flo kills Hearts hopes
Tore Andre Flo heads Rangers in front at Ibrox
Tore Andre Flo heads Rangers in front at Ibrox
Rangers 2-0 Hearts

Two Tore Andre Flo headers gave Rangers the three points against ten-man Hearts.

Flo's first came courtesy of a Billy Dodds cross which the Norwegian easily converted.

Craig Moore, making his comeback following a serious knee injury, created the second with a cross which Flo headed beyond Roddy McKenzie.

Colin Cameron did not help the Hearts cause when he was sent off on the stroke of half-time for his second bookable offence.

Van Bronckhorst injury

Hearts started reasonably brightly with Thomas Flogel causing problems down the right wing.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was another player making his comeback for Rangers after injury and he fell victim to a crude tackle by Cameron which earned the Hearts captain his first booking.

A Durie flick-on eluded Lorenzo Amoruso and Stefan Klos had to dive to turn Andy Kirk's shot on the turn away for a corner. Scott Severin headed the corner straight to Klos.

An Amoruso free-kick deflected off the wall straight into the path of Moore but he was well closed down by Severin.

Colin Cameron was sent off
Colin Cameron was sent off
Van Bronckhorst was eventually forced to leave the field to be replaced by debutant Jani Kauppila.

Flo gave Rangers the lead in 37 minutes when he got on the end of a Dodds cross from the left after Scott Severin had mis-timed his challenge.

The Norwegian had further chances to increase Rangers' lead but Hearts defended well.

Boyack countered by turning Scott Wilson and dumping Amoruso on his backside but his finish was straight at Klos.

Cameron then saw red in first-half stoppage-time when he fouled Ferguson on the left touchline.

Rangers made a second change at the break, taking Kauppila off and bringing on Kenny Miller in a bid to turn a one-man advantage into goals.

Steven Boyack tries his luck for Hearts
Steven Boyack tries his luck for Hearts
Johnston put the ball in the Hearts net but the whistle had already gone.

Moore had a shot easily saved but it was he who set up Flo for Rangers' second.

His cross landed perfectly on the striker's head to leave McKenzie helpless just before the hour mark.

A glaring error by Steven Pressleyalmost allowed Sergio Porrini in at the far post but somehow Hearts scrambled clear.

Pressley then headed a Porrini cross against his own near post as Rangers pressed for a third.

Hearts never gave up but were never able to breach the Rangers defence with a man less.

Flo had a chance to claim his hat-trick towards the end but Austin McCann cleared off the line.


Rangers: Klos, Porrini, Moore, Amoruso, Wilson, Johnston, Ferguson, Konterman, van Bronckhorst, Dodds, Flo.

Subs: Christiansen, Miller, Malcolm, Kaupilla, Carson.

Hearts: McKenzie, Flogel, Pressley, Severin, McCann, Boyack, Tomaschek, Cameron, Makel, Durie, Kirk.

Subs: Gordon, Murray, Juanjo, McAnespie, Neilson.

Referee: W Young

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