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Rangers 0-0 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts held Rangers to a Scottish Premiership stalemate at Ibrox.

John Souttar's strike came back off the hosts' crossbar before Rangers' Alfredo Morelos had a goal disallowed for offside.

Bruno Alves' header was cleared off the line and team-mate Kenny Miller was denied by Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton before the break.

Substitute Ryan Hardie saw his effort deflected over on a frustrating day for the home side.

It was a second match in succession without victory for Pedro Caixinha's side, who had lost at home to Hibernian last weekend.

Both teams were able to field players who had been red-carded last week, with Rangers' Ryan Jack and Hearts' Isma Goncalves having those dismissals rescinded.

Jamie Walker - the subject of failed bids by Rangers - also started for Hearts.

Ryan Jack and Jamie Walker
Walker (right) played the opening hour at Ibrox

Souttar's drive from 30 yards rattled the frame of the Rangers goal and the defender soon made his presence felt in his own half.

Graham Dorrans played Josh Windass through on goal but Souttar's last-ditch tackle prevented the Englishman getting away a telling shot.

Alves' header from a Daniel Candeias corner was cleared off the Hearts goal line by Michael Smith and Morelos could not pounce on the rebound.

Morelos did find the net from a Lee Wallace pass, but the latter had been flagged offside.

Hamilton's reflex stop thwarted Miller and with no scoring in the early part of the second period, Caixinha sent on Niko Kranjcar in place of Windass.

Walker and Prince Buaben went off for Hearts, with Krystian Nowak and Connor Randall sent on by interim head coach Jon Daly.

Morelos fizzed a shot across the face of goal and Dorrans' replacement Hardie had the last significant attempt, his effort partially blocked and going off target late on.

Defender Rafal Grzelak's late introduction in place of Jamie Brandon helped keep the visitors' clean sheet intact, as they built on last week's win at Kilmarnock.

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Cardoso
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 5Wallace
  • 21Candeias
  • 8Jack
  • 10DorransBooked at 50minsSubstituted forHardieat 72'minutes
  • 11WindassSubstituted forKranjcarat 53'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 20Morelos
  • 9Miller

Substitutes

  • 6Wilson
  • 17Hodson
  • 18Rossiter
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 25Alnwick
  • 27Peña
  • 31Hardie

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Hamilton
  • 30BrandonBooked at 18minsSubstituted forGrzelakat 76'minutes
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 2Smith
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forNowakat 63'minutes
  • 15Cowie
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 16RandallSubstituted forBuabenat 63'minutes
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves
  • 9Lafferty

Substitutes

  • 5Hughes
  • 8Buaben
  • 19Nowak
  • 23Stockton
  • 26Zanatta
  • 27Grzelak
  • 31Noring
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
49,677

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

  4. Post update

    John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Hardie (Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Booking

    Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Don Cowie (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Ryan Hardie (Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Bruno Alves (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bruno Alves (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by John Souttar.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Hardie (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Rafal Grzelak replaces Jamie Brandon because of an injury.

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