RANGERS defeated Aberdeen for the first time this season in what could prove to be a crucial win for Steven Gerrard's side. James Tavernier and Jermain Defoe got on the scoresheet for the Ibrox club, and Alfredo Morelos scored a double before being shown a red card. Scott McKenna also got sent off for the hosts, while Sam Cosgrove continued his fine form in front of goal by scoring a brace of his own.

And Gerrard last night admitted Alfredo Morelos must improve his temperament to realise his full potential after the striker got sent off for the fourth time this season. "I’m doing everything in my power to help the kid grow as a footballer and as a person," revealed Gerrard. "But for Alfredo to get to the next level and move in his career – and for people to trust him – he does have to channel it in the right way."

Elsewhere in the title race, Celtic ran out 2-0 winners over Hibernian at Parkhead, thanks to goals from Ryan Christie and Oli Burke. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the impact made by players returning for injury, in particular Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata. "It was brilliant to have Dedryck Boyata on there tonight," said Rodgers. "We asked him to give us 60-70 minutes, he did that and was unfortunate not to score. So that’s a plus after having him out for so long."

The Herald's Neil Cameron has came up with five lessons we can all take from last night's win for the champions, including the assertion that Celtic captain Scott Brown is "peerless".

And Matthew Lindsay has made a similar list from the match at Pittodrie, hailing Morelos as a "flawed genius", praising the standard of refereeing and inisists Aberdeen's season shouldn't be written off as a result of the defeat.

Further down the league table, Stephen Robinson's Motherwell chalked up their fifth consecutive win in the league, thanks to goals from academy duo Jake Hastie and Allan Campbell. The Steelmen have now overtaken Hibernian and find themselves in seventh place, just four points off the top six after a fantastic start to 2019.

Hearts and Livingston played out a goalless stalemate at Tynecastle last night but the home support will be encouraged by the sight of Uche Ikpeazu coming off the bench for the last half-hour or so. Speaking after the game, Hearts manager Craig Levein said: "I thought we lacked a bit of quality in the last third - and on a night when the two teams above us, Aberdeen lost, and Kilmarnock drew. But it was brilliant to see Uche back."

Brian Rice oversaw his first victory as Hamilton manager with a hard-fought 2-1 over St Johnstone at New Douglas Park. Two goals from George Oakley - either side of a Liam Craig goal for the visitors - was enough to seal a momentous three points for the struggling Lanarkshire club.

The Herald's Stewart Fisher has argued that the "farce" East Fife faced when their Challenge Cup match against Bohemians in Dublin was called off just seven minutes before kick-off demonstrates the need for the SFA and SPFL to stop tinkering with already-functional cup competitions.

In rugby, Scotland's Josh Strauss says his team-mates should replicate England's physical strategy against Ireland as the national side get set to face the 2018 Grand Slam winners this weekend. "Physically we didn't match them as a team last year but in 2017 we fronted up very well. We'll need to take a similar step this week because we've seen what England have done," said Strauss.

St Johnstone want to sign Livingston defender Declan Gallagher on a pre-contract agreement, according to the Scottish Sun.

Abderdeen boss Derek McInnes has branded Scott McKenna 'naive' for getting involved with Alfredo Morelos in an interview with the Press and Journal.

And Hibs interim manager Eddie May has told the Scotsman that he is 'unsure' how long he'll be in charge of the Leith club for.