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By ESPN Staff
May 7, 2006

McLeish signs off Rangers career with home win

GLASGOW, May 7 (Reuters) - Rangers handed departing manager Alex McLeish a final victory when they beat Hearts 2-0 in their last Scottish Premier League game of the season on Sunday.

Striker Kris Boyd grabbed a goal in each half against Hearts, who had already sealed second place in the table and a Champions League slot.

Champions Celtic drew 2-2 at Aberdeen to finish on 91 points from 38 games. Hearts have 74 points and Rangers 73.

Frenchman Paul le Guen takes over at Rangers next season.

McLeish walked onto the pitch to acknowledge the Rangers fans' applause at the final whistle and huge screens around the stadium beamed out a message: "Thanks for the memories Alex - good luck."

"I was overwhelmed by that. I was very humbled and honoured," McLeish, who leaves after four and a half years at Rangers, told reporters.

"I think I'm leaving the club in a healthier state financially than the day I arrived."

Hearts caretaker manager Valdas Ivanauskas said: "It's been a fantastic season, okay today was not exactly the performance that I want.

"We need to analyse this game and be ready for the (Scottish FA) Cup final next week (against Gretna)."

Danish forward Peter Lovenkrands whipped over a corner from the right in the 36th minute for Boyd to hammer home a header at the back post for the opening goal.

Dutch goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus, in his last game for Rangers, pulled off a succession of fine saves in the second half to keep Hearts out.

Boyd sealed the win by latching on to a low cross by Gavin Rae to slot home a shot from six metres in the 73rd minute.

Hibernian were reduced to nine men as they went down 3-1 at Kilmarnock in Sunday's other Premier League encounter.

David Murphy and goalkeeper Zibi Malkowski were both shown red cards in separate incidents.