Hearts sealed their first victory since returning to the newly revamped Tynecastle with a 1-0 win over Motherwell. Kyle Lafferty completed a solo effort shortly before the break in a game that was marred by two key players going off injured.Hearts lost Jamie Walker while Chris Cadden also limped off in the first half. Kilmarnock 5-1 Partick Thistle Hamilton Accies 0-1 St JohnstoneAfter going six games without defeat, St Johnstone ended Hamilton Accies’ run at New Douglas Park.Stefan Scougall hit the long range left-footed shot from an awkward angle midway through the second half to secure the points.Hearts 1-0 Motherwell There were goals galore at Rugby Park as Kilmarnock left Partick Thistle rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table.Kris Boyd opened and closed the scoring while Eamonn Brophy also netted a brace. Niall Keown turned into his own net on the hour mark. Chris Erskine had pulled one back for the visitors just four minutes after Killie had taken the lead but they weren’t able to stamp their mark on the game.Rangers 2-1 Ross CountyRangers recorded their third consecutive win for the first time in almost a year. They were just seven days off the date they last won three in a row during the 2016/17 campaign.Graeme Murty’s side came from behind to cancel out Craig Curran’s earlier opener.Alfredo Morelos returned to scoring ways heading home the equaliser before Danny Wilson added the winner with his second goal in a week.
Rangers captain James Tavernier believes the team are delivering on Steven Gerrard’s demands for the season so far and showed that by reaching the League Cup final.A 3-0 win over Hearts set the Ibrox side up for a showdown with Celtic next month for the first trophy of the season. It’s the first time the team have reached a final since 2016 and Tavernier has been part of teams that have fallen short in the last four over previous years. The right-back said that manager Gerrard had set challenges for his team and that so far, with the team competing on all fronts, players had stepped up to the mark.“It’s always difficult because you’re always playing with a new team since the previous year but we knew that this season we needed consistency and I think we’ve shown it throughout the season so far,” Tavernier said. “It’s just the level of performance that the boys have been putting in. “It’s what the gaffer demands and we’ve gone and delivered today.”A Filip Helander goal and a double from Alfredo Morelos saw Rangers see off Hearts without too much danger and Tavernier felt his side could be pleased with their efforts and look forward to the final.“That’s what we wanted to do before the game,” he said. “We haven’t had the greatest of (records in) semi-finals since I have been here but a club like Rangers needs to be in finals and competing for trophies.“We knew it would be a tough game today but we handled Hearts the best we could and came out on top.“Everybody wants to win a cup. “Us lads in that changing room all want to win a cup and be successful but we will concentrate on the Europa League and the (league) season and when the final comes along we will concentrate on that.”