Rangers' Cyriel Dessers celebrates with Mohamed Diomande after scoring to make it 2-0 against HeartsRangers' Cyriel Dessers celebrates with Mohamed Diomande after scoring to make it 2-0 against Hearts
Rangers' Cyriel Dessers celebrates with Mohamed Diomande after scoring to make it 2-0 against Hearts | SNS Group

Rangers player ratings vs Hearts: One outstanding 9/10 and two 8's as Dessers nets double to keep domestic treble hopes alive

Philippe Clement’s side bounced back from two poor results to maintain their impressive record over the Jambos this season.

Rangers kept their hopes of a domestic treble alive in impressive fashion as Cyriel Dessers’ double downed Hearts and set up a first Old Firm Scottish Cup Final against Celtic since 2002.

The Nigerian international scored either side of half-time, opening the scoring inside five minutes with a low finish under the body of Hearts keeper Craig Gordon after shiting the ball neatly on to his left foot. His second came via a slight deflection after seeing his initial effort saved.

Philippe Clement’s side came into the semi-final low on confidence, having won just two of their previous eight games in all competitions. In truth, they never looked like relinquishing their early lead at Hampden Park.

Hearts had a couple of positive moments in the final third, but the Gorgie club lacked the necessary quality and composure to break down the Gers backline. When they did manage to carve out an opening, the Jambos found Jack Butland once again in inspired form between the sticks.

Rangers started the game with a zip and intensity that was missing from their midweek goalless draw with Dundee in the Scottish Premiership at Dens Park. It took a lethargic Hearts almost half an hour to settle into the contest, and top scorer Lawrence Shankland almost gave them a lifeline with a back-post header late on that rippled the side-netting.

Here's how GlasgowWorld rated the Rangers players from Hampden Park:

Philippe Clement’s side came into the semi-final low on confidence, having won just two of their previous eight games in all competitions. In truth, they never looked like relinquishing their early lead at Hampden Park.

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