Rangers miss chance to go top with Tynecastle draw

  • Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle, leaving them on level points and goal difference with Celtic
  • Ryataro Meshino opened the scoring for Hearts, before Alfredo Morelos equalised
  • Point takes Hearts above their rivals Hibernian into 10th place

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Rangers missed their chance to take the outright lead in the Scottish Premiership at Tynecastle, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hearts in Gorgie. The result leaves them level with Celtic in first place, with an identical goal difference.

Craig Levein’s home side will be the happier with the point, as the result sees them climb out of the relegation play-off spot, at the expense of their city rivals Hibernian. 

Crosses into the box looked to be Rangers’ weakness early on, and once Uche Ikpeazu clipped the bar after two minutes, this became clear.

Hearts didn’t have to wait much longer for a goal, as a long ball against found Jake Mulraney through on goal. Allan McGregor smothered the first chance, but couldn’t keep out the rebound from Ryataro Meshino who opened the scoring.

Despite the Hearts early pressure, Rangers seemed to weather the storm and take back control as the half wore on.

Their equaliser came five minutes before half-time. Aaron Hickey’s misplaced pass gave Rangers a corner, which found Morelos unmarked at the back post. He had time to bring the ball down and apply the simple finish.

Rangers again found themselves restricted to limited efforts after the break. Davis and Morelos both saw strikes deflected for a corner, while Ryan Kent shot wide, shortly after coming on as a substitute, his first appearance since suffering an injury against Livingston last month.

Ikpeazu powered through the Rangers defence with five minutes left but saw his low cross from the byline cut out. It was one of the only threatening attacks for the home side in the second half.

Neither side seemed to particularly press hard for a winning goal towards the end, and even when it looked possible, the final ball was poor on almost every occasion. In credit to Hearts, they were dogged when they needed to be and considering their start to the season, that will do for now.

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