Rangers 1-1 Hearts
Rangers 1 - 1 Hearts
Ally McCoist's Rangers reign got off to a stuttering start as Hearts spoiled the Scottish champions' flag day by securing a deserved draw at Ibrox.
David Obua headed Hearts into a 16th-minute lead following a Danny Grainger corner and the Ugandan missed another chance to stretch the lead.
Rangers improved after the break and Steven Naismith rose to flick home their reply after 58 minutes.
Allan McGregor's superb save prevented Obua winning an enthralling game.
Rangers manager McCoist had handed a debut to former Almeria midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz, but fellow new signing Lee Wallace had to settle for a place on the bench against his former club.
Wallace's replacement at left-back, Grainger, made his first competitive appearance for Hearts along with fellow summer acquisitions John Sutton and Mehdi Taouil.
But most eyes were set on new Rangers owner Craig Whyte as he unfurled the championship flag in warm sunshine - and the early action was just as bright.
Hearts' hopes appeared to suffer a blow when Scotland defender Andy Webster limped off after only eight minutes against his former club, to be replaced with Adrian Mrowiec.
However, it was the visitors who took the lead when Obua shrugged off half-hearted challenges from Steven Whittaker and Lee McCulloch to head in from 12 yards from a Grainger corner.
Rangers tried to respond immediately, but it was Hearts who were the more inventive and incisive outfit against reigning champions whose central defence was rocking in the absence of suspended veteran captain David Weir.
Templeton was proving a particular handful and forced his way between two markers before his toe-poke from 15 yards was blocked clear off the body of advancing goalkeeper McGregor.
The Hearts winger next turned architect with a lovely through ball that sent Obua racing clear into the penalty box, but the utility man fired high into the side netting under pressure from McGregor.
However, Rangers started the second half more positively, with goalkeeper Marian Kello diving low to superbly palm away a low 16-yard drive from Steven Davis.
Naismith squandered a superb chance when he lashed well over from just inside the box after Jelavic cleverly dummied a low Ortiz cross.
The Spaniard's next cross found Naismith at the front post, but the Scotland striker's head flick drifted over.
It was third time lucky for Naismith when he rose unchallenged to meet a curling Sasa Papac cross to glance his header in off the far post from 10 yards.
Rangers were now the dominant force, but a 16-yard Obua snap shot from a Sutton knock down forced McGregor to athletically turn the ball over the crossbar.
Papac ought to have given Rangers victory in the closing minutes when he fired straight at Kello after a one-two with Naismith.
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Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +2:27
Madjid Bougherra fouled by John Sutton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.90:00 +2:00
Foul by Steven Naismith on Marian Kello, free kick awarded. Marian Kello takes the free kick.90:00 +1:41
Corner taken left-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.90:00 +1:28
The ball is swung over by Gregg Wylde, blocked by Ryan McGowan.90:00 +1:18
The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, David Obua makes a clearance.90:00 +1:00
Steven Whittaker sends in a cross, clearance made by David Obua.89:35
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Ryan Stevenson. Free kick taken by Kirk Broadfoot.88:54
Steven Davis fouled by David Obua, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.88:33
Sasa Papac takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.86:41
The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde, save by Marian Kello.85:57
The ball is crossed by Maurice Edu, Daniel Grainger makes a clearance.85:47
Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, blocked by Adrian Mrowiec.84:46
The ball is sent over by Ryan McGowan.84:18
Madjid Bougherra challenges John Sutton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.83:59
Steven Davis produces a cross, clearance by Adrian Mrowiec.83:26
Ryan McGowan crosses the ball, Lee McCulloch gets a block in.82:34
Gregg Wylde sends in a cross, save by Marian Kello.80:13
Maurice Edu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Grainger. Daniel Grainger delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Nikica Jelavic makes a clearance.80:13 Substitution
Substitution (Hearts) makes a substitution, with Ryan Stevenson coming on for Ian Black.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Elliott.78:05
Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Adrian Mrowiec results in a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.77:18
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger.76:59
David Obua takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.76:11
The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.74:53 Substitution
Substitution Gregg Wylde on for Palazon Juanma Ortiz.72:55
Nikica Jelavic concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.72:04
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by John Sutton. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.70:33
Palazon Juanma Ortiz delivers the ball.69:37
The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.69:06
John Sutton is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.67:35
Centre by David Obua, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.66:35
Madjid Bougherra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Sutton. Daniel Grainger shoots direct from the free kick.66:05
The official flags Palazon Juanma Ortiz offside. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.65:51
Shot by Stephen Elliott. Blocked by Madjid Bougherra.64:36
Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by David Obua results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.64:01
The ball is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, Ian Black gets a block in.62:25
Palazon Juanma Ortiz delivers the ball.61:41
The ball is crossed by Steven Whittaker, blocked by Stephen Elliott.61:12
Lee McCulloch fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.60:35
Ian Black crosses the ball, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.60:03
Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Black. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.60:03 Booking
Booking Marius Zaliukas is cautioned.59:32 Booking
Booking Lee McCulloch goes into the referee's book.57:01
The assist for the goal came from Sasa Papac.57:01 Goal scored
Goal! - Steven Naismith - Rangers 1 - 1 Hearts Steven Naismith grabs a headed goal from close in. Rangers 1-1 Hearts.56:56
Sasa Papac sends in a cross,52:30
Handball decision goes against Maurice Edu. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.51:33
Steven Naismith fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Whittaker takes the free kick.50:37
Steven Naismith delivers the ball.50:10 Substitution
Substitution David Templeton leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Elliott.49:50
Centre by Palazon Juanma Ortiz, Shot from close range by Steven Naismith clears the bar.49:00
Steven Naismith produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.48:31
Steven Davis produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Marian Kello.47:45
Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, Kirk Broadfoot takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.47:24
Palazon Juanma Ortiz produces a cross, Ryan McGowan gets a block in.45:10
Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Daniel Grainger results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Davis, save made by Marian Kello.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +2:53 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.44:29
Sasa Papac crosses the ball.43:57
Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball.41:40
Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.38:56
Daniel Grainger produces a cross.37:43
The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac.37:35
Centre by Palazon Juanma Ortiz, Eggert Jonsson makes a clearance.34:46
Ryan McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Marian Kello.33:31
David Obua has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.33:03
Mehdi Taouil delivers the ball.32:08
Ryan McGowan takes a shot. Blocked by Lee McCulloch.31:05
David Templeton fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Daniel Grainger, Steven Naismith manages to make a clearance.29:12
The ball is delivered by Daniel Grainger, clearance by Steven Davis.27:42
Palazon Juanma Ortiz delivers the ball, blocked by Ryan McGowan.26:25
The ball is sent over by Steven Davis.24:51
A cross is delivered by Mehdi Taouil, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.24:11
David Templeton takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.22:43
Foul by Mehdi Taouil on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.20:38
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.20:22
Curled right-footed shot by Ryan McGowan. Clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.19:12
Kirk Broadfoot concedes a free kick for a foul on David Obua. Eggert Jonsson takes the direct free kick.18:09
Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line, John Sutton manages to make a clearance.17:51
Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, Ian Black makes a clearance.15:35
Daniel Grainger provided the assist for the goal.15:35 Goal scored
Goal! - David Obua - Rangers 0 - 1 Hearts David Obua finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Rangers 0-1 Hearts.14:56
Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Grainger,11:03
The ball is crossed by Steven Davis.7:43
Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner, Unfair challenge on Marian Kello by Kirk Broadfoot results in a free kick. Marian Kello takes the direct free kick.7:43 Substitution
Substitution Andy Webster leaves the field to be replaced by Adrian Mrowiec.6:20
Shot from outside the box by Ian Black goes wide right of the target.5:19
Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Marian Kello takes the free kick.4:16
Sasa Papac has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.3:36
Eggert Jonsson challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.1:07
Ian Black delivers the ball.0:49
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.0:35
David Templeton takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.0:00
The match begins.
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