Hearts boss Jim Jefferies blasts red card after defeat

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies
Jim Jefferies felt his Hearts side were unlucky to be three-down at the break

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies criticised the "shocking" red card shown to defender Eggert Jonsson in the 4-0 defeat by Rangers.

Jonsson was given his marching orders for a foul on Nikica Jelavic in the second half of the loss at Ibrox.

"The sending off was a shocking decision," Jefferies told BBC Scotland.

"And it wasn't any worse than any of the tackles that went on all day from both teams."

Jefferies added: "There's no doubt it was a foul but it was clumsy; it was a bad decision.

A makeshift Hearts side, without experienced captain Marius Zaliukas, Lee Wallace and Andy Webster, found themselves trailing 3-0 at half-time.

"I said to the players at half-time: I feel sorry for you today because you don't deserve to be 3-0 down," said Jefferies.

"We started the game well and Templeton was causing Whittaker a few problems and David Obua played well in the first half particularly.

"I'm proud of every one of them, I know it's a 4-0 defeat we have some experienced players we have missing.

"Yesterday we were working with a back four of Craig Thomson, Webster, Zaliukas and Wallace.

"It wasn't until they came in that they felt there was a reaction, so we had to change it."

The defeat means third-placed Hearts are five points clear of Dundee United with two games remaining.

Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov will be at Tynecastle on Wednesday for the SPL encounter against Celtic.