Rangers Defeat Hearts 2-0 to Reach Scottish Cup Final

Rangers reach Scottish Cup final with 2-0 win over Hearts, setting up an Old Firm derby against Celtic. Dessers' brace secures Rangers' spot, while Hearts lament missed chances. The final comes amid a tight Premiership title race between the Glasgow rivals.

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Rangers Defeat Hearts 2-0 to Reach Scottish Cup Final

Rangers Defeat Hearts 2-0 to Reach Scottish Cup Final

Glasgow Rangers secured a spot in the Scottish Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Hearts in the semifinal match at Hampden Park on Sunday. Striker Cyriel Dessers scored both goals for Rangers, opening the scoring in the 5th minute and sealing the win in the 78th minute.

Hearts had several chances to equalize but were unable to find the back of the net. Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland made an outstanding save to deny Hearts defender Frankie Kent in the first half. Despite controlling much of the game, Hearts lacked the necessary quality and composure in the final third to breach the Rangers defense.

The win extends Rangers' unbeaten streak against Hearts at Hampden to 17 matches. Hearts head coach Steven Naismith expressed frustration with the result, citing his team's "immaturity" in the attacking third. "We had good spells in the game but didn't capitalize. The contrast between the two teams was striking - Rangers took the plaudits while our players slumped to the turf," Naismith said.

Rangers made tactical adjustments under manager Philippe Clement that proved effective. Midfielder Todd Cantwell played a key role in setting up Dessers' second goal and was praised for his performance in changing the game. Dessers, who has faced criticism this season, took his goal tally to 19 and expressed confidence that Rangers can finish the season strongly.

Why this matters: The Scottish Cup final will be an Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic, the first such meeting in the final since 2002. The match is set for May 25 at Hampden Park and comes at a time when the Scottish Premiership title race between the Glasgow rivals is still undecided, with Celtic currently leading by 3 points with 5 games remaining.

The loss ends Hearts' Scottish Cup campaign and means their focus now turns to securing third place in the Premiership, which would guarantee a spot in the European group stage next season. Former Hearts defender Ryan McGowan called the defeat a missed opportunity, saying it was a chance for the team to make a statement similar to Aberdeen's win over Celtic in the other semifinal.

Key Takeaways

  • Rangers beat Hearts 2-0 in Scottish Cup semifinal, securing Old Firm final spot.
  • Striker Cyriel Dessers scored both goals for Rangers, extending their unbeaten run.
  • Hearts lacked composure in attack, despite controlling much of the game.
  • Old Firm final comes as Rangers and Celtic battle for Premiership title.
  • Loss ends Hearts' Scottish Cup campaign, focus shifts to securing 3rd place.