RANGERS were on Scottish Cup duty this weekend against Dundee but there were three ties in the SPFL Championship on Saturday.

Gers loan striker Ryan Hardie was the star of the weekend as he hit a hat-trick for Raith Rovers as the beat Alex Rae’s St Mirren 4-3 at Stark’s Park to move four points clear in fourth place in the Ladbrokes Championship.

Hardie scored after just three minutes and added two more goals early in the second half, with Mark Stewart also on target for Ray McKinnon’s men. Keith Watson (2) and David Clarkson scored for Saints.

With Hibs also on Scottish Cup duty against Inverness Caley Thistle on Sunday, Falkirk moved up to second place the the league following a 2-0 home win over bottom club Alloa, courtesy of goals from Paul Watson and Mark Kerr.

Second-bottom Livingston moved to within a point of Tom Walsh’s Dumbarton after beating the Sons 2-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Liam Buchanan and Jordan White scored the goals.

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