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BBC Sport's Andy Gillies
" Rangers had ten players unavailable"
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Rangers boss Dick Advocaat
"Too many players were not in the game"
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Saturday, 8 September, 2001, 18:31 GMT 19:31 UK
Gers held at Tynecastle
Russell Latapy gets the plaudits from his team-mates
Russell Latapy gets the plaudits from his team-mates
Hearts 2-2 Rangers

Hearts and Rangers fought out an entertaining draw at Tynecastle, with the home side coming from behind after surrendering an early lead.

Defender-turned-striker Kevin McKenna fired the Edinburgh side in front only to see Russell Latapy equalise soon after.

Tore Andre Flo put Rangers in front early in the second half but Hearts rallied and a cracker from youngster Stephen Simmons ensured a share of the spoils.

A point apiece leaves the clubs where they started at 17.35, with Rangers in second place and Hearts in third spot in the SPL table.

Rangers' injury problems continue and manager Dick Advocaat was without 10 first team players, including new signing Shota Arveladze, but welcomed back Ronald de Boer following a knee injury.

Scott Severin rises highest in the pack
Scott Severin rises highest in the pack
Despite Juanjo's recent differences with Hearts over a new deal, the Spanish player made the starting line-up.

Rangers were first to launch a meaningful attack when Flo played the ball to de Boer and the Dutchman nodded into the path of Latapy, who unleashed a shot which flew yards over the crossbar in the third minute.

However, it was Hearts who grabbed the lead after just seven minutes.

Arthur Numan headed pass to Tony Vidmar was seized upon by McKenna and the Canadian fired home from 18 yards.

De Boer came close to squaring the game when he pounced on a long ball from Numan, but Antti Niemi was able to block his shot.

The Ibrox side were back on level terms after 14 minutes when Latapy's stylish half-volley from a Numan centre smacked off the post and into the back of the net.

Niemi stopped a Flo shot a few minutes later with Andy Webster on hand to clearany danger from the rebound.

Tony Vidmar somehow managed to nod a Latapy corner wide of the upright from a great position.

Play raged from end to end at high speed and Stefan Klos produced two excellent saves to deny first Webster, then a flashing drive from Juanjo.

Rangers were the more positive side after the break and de Boer was again denied by the agility of Niemi, with the Finnish keeper pushing away a smart low shot.

Ronald de Boer and Stephane Mahe
Ronald de Boer and Stephane Mahe
13 minutes into the second period Rangers pushed ahead when Flo latched on to a delightful first time pass from Latapy and shot into the far corner past the diving Niemi.

The Norwegian striker's effort took the slightest of touches off Hearts defender Stephen Pressley, which may have been crucial as the ball crept in close to the post.

Hearts battled gamely to get back into the match and their efforts were rewarded ten minutes from time with a wonderful goal.

A Stevie Fulton free kick was played to Gary McSwegan on the edge of the Rangers penalty area and the striker touched the ball back to Simmons, who blasted the ball high past Klos and into the net via the post.

Rangers threw on Billy Dodds as a substitute and the Scotland striker almost snatched a late winner but saw his header flash wide of the mark.

Hearts: Niemi, McKenna, Pressley, Webster, Mahe, Flogel, Severin, Fulton, Juanjo, Kirk, Simmons.

Subs: McKenzie, Boyack, McCann, Adam, McSwegan.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Ross, Vidmar, Numan, Kanchelskis, Konterman, Latapy, Hughes, de Boer, Flo.

Subs: Christiansen, Caniggia, Dodds, Lovenkrands, Penttila.

Referee: H Dallas

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