Tough farewell for Ferguson

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If yesterday really was Barry Ferguson's swan-song at Ibrox, not all of it was music to his ears.

While Rangers' goalscorers in the 5-2 win over Hibernian, notably Mikel Arteta and Michael Mols, had their names sung by the crowd, the departing captain endured a hostile reception from some fans, who view his departure as mutiny.

Ferguson is likely to move to Blackburn Rovers after Wednesday's Champions League match with FC Copenhagen in Denmark. Supporters who tried to give him a sympathetic send-off found the jeers of others too loud to drown out.

Hibernian went in front twice, from Ian Murray's 28th-minute header and from a bold 20-yard strike by Tom McManus after Mols had equalised. But Murray later scored an own goal and McManus missed a 50th-minute penalty.

Rangers made use of the reprieve. Mols fired in a 61st-minute goal for the lead and Arteta's free-kick, intended as a cross, sailed into the net six minutes later. Substitute Chris Burke sealed the flattering scoreline in the 83rd minute.

Dundee warmed up for Thursday's Uefa Cup tie with Vllaznia by beating Livingston 2-1. Nacho Novo scored twice, with the winner coming in injury time.

Hearts brushed aside Dundee United 3-0 at Tynecastle with two goals in a minute midway through the first half. Phil Stamp got one, the other was an own goal.

Motherwell's Scottish under-21 player Stephen Pearson, who turned down a move to Leicester City, netted the winner in the 2-1 home success against Kilmarnock after James McFadden had scored with a 66th-minute penalty.

Aberdeen slumped to their third successive defeat, going down 2-1 at home to Dunfermline, for whom Craig Brewster and Barry Nicholson scored.

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