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Rangers   1 - 1   Hearts

Rangers' Andrew Little celebrates his goal against Hearts
Substitute forward Andrew Little scored his first goal for Rangers

By Clive Lindsay

Substitute Andrew Little scored in stoppage time for Rangers to rescue a point for the Scottish Premier League leaders against 10-man Hearts at Ibrox.

Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello denied Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty before Christian Nade was shown a second yellow card after 73 minutes.

But, two minutes later, Scott Robinson stabbed the ball over the line after Allan McGregor saved from Lee Wallace.

However, Little fired home after Kello blocked a Lee McCulloch effort.

The point stretches Rangers' lead over Celtic to 10 points, but the second-top side, who play St Johnstone on Sunday, now have two games in hand.

Rangers had gone into the game without injured forwards Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller, Nacho Novo and Steven Naismith, leaving Lafferty as their only experienced front man.

Jason Thompson congratulates Hearts team-mate Scott Robinson
Scott Robinson (right) opened the scoring for Hearts

Teenager John Fleck was the Ulsterman's strike partner, with Pedro Mendes fit enough for the first time since October to take a place on the bench.

As Rangers settled, it was Hearts who created the first chance, with Michael Stewart ending a charging run with a pass to Nade on the edge of the box and the striker's shot on the turn flew a few yards over the crossbar.

From then on, it was a case of the reigning champions trying to weave or batter their way through two banks of four.

The return of left-back Wallace and tenacious midfielder Ian Black added to that solidity having replaced the suspended Ruben Palazuelos and the injured David Templeton.

Lafferty began the match seemingly determined to answer the criticism that followed his misfiring display against Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Cup.

However, Kello smothered a couple of tame efforts from the edge of the box, while the striker sent another effort wildly over.

It was left to Davis to seriously worry Kello, his curling free-kick being pushed away one-handed by the Slovakian.

Kirk Broadfoot met a Kevin Thomson free-kick 10 yards out. But, although he managed to flick his header towards goal, Wallace had put enough pressure on the Rangers defender and the ball flew a foot over.

Hearts had not forced McGregor into a save during the opening 45 minutes, but the Rangers goalkeeper was called into action immediately after the break.

Nade's low drive from a wide angle 20 yards from goal spun through a forest of Rangers legs and McGregor was almost caught out before recovering superbly and turning the ball for a corner with his outstretched hand.

Normal service resumed with Rangers doing the pressing and the one-footed Fleck was somehow allowed to turn on to his favoured left-hand side before sending a low curling effort wide of the far post from 22 yards.

Fleck looked to have set up the opening goal for Rangers when he burst clear and played the ball through to Lafferty, but the Ulsterman fired against the advancing Kello from just inside the penalty box.

The prospects looked bleak for Hearts when Nade was sent off for a second yellow card, picked up for kicking the ball out of the park after being ruled offside moments after being booked for pushing David Weir.

However, Hearts immediately took the lead when Wallace's low drive from 18 yards was palmed clear by McGregor, but Robinson slid in to turn the ball into the net.

A shock defeat for Rangers looked on the cards until Little grabbed his first-ever goal for the Glasgow club.


Rangers manager Walter Smith:

"Before the game, we would obviously be looking to win it. But, in the context of the way it went, we obviously look at it as point gained for us.

"Hearts are an extremely hard team to play against and, while we controlled most of the game, the chances we did create, we did not take.

"I feel they are a team that you have to get the first goal against and we did not manage to do that.

"From our own point of view, all credit to the boys, after going a goal down, to come back and it was nice to see Andrew Little getting a goal at the end."

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:

"I am very disappointed and angry about Christian Nade's red card.

"Normally, in this case, you have a yellow card and then you kick the ball and get a red card for nothing. A player with such experience should not do this.

"I was also angry about one player who in the last minutes didn't follow my instruction.

"Jason Thompson goes up front and he must keep the ball rather than trying something fantastic. I don't attack my player, but in the last minute, you must sacrifice.

"We play for 95 minutes against the top team in the league and they don't have a goal chance. We cannot be happy just not to lose."

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 1-1 Hearts FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Little 90+1
  • Robinson 75

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 21 Broadfoot (Little 79)
  • 66 Wilson
  • 06 McCulloch yellow card
  • 07 Davis
  • 08 Thomson
  • 27 Lafferty
  • 29 Fleck (Wylde 86)

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 26 Smith,
  • 69 Wylde,
  • 04 Mendes,
  • 67 Ness,
  • 45 Loy,
  • 48 Little

Hearts

  • 25 Kello
  • 03 Wallace
  • 13 Obua
  • 20 Thomson
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid yellow card
  • 26 Zaliukas
  • 04 Jonsson
  • 08 Black
  • 23 Stewart
  • 14 Nade yellow card, red card
  • 55 Robinson (Wallace 80)

Substitutes

  • 01 Balogh,
  • 42 Balatoni,
  • 12 Cinikas,
  • 29 Eisconte,
  • 39 Mulrooney,
  • 44 Smith,
  • 32 Wallace
Ref: MurrayAtt: 47,031
RANGERS
HEARTS

Possession

  • Rangers 55%
  • Hearts 45%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 11
  • Hearts 4

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 9
  • Hearts 4

Corners

  • Rangers 5
  • Hearts 2

Fouls

  • Rangers 8
  • Hearts 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:10 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+3:35 Ryan Wallace challenges Steven Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+2:54 David Obua produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
  • 90:00+2:38 The ball is crossed by Jason Thomson, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 90:00+2:11 The ball is swung over by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Eggert Jonsson.
  • 90:00+1:32 Ryan Wallace is ruled offside. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:55 GOAL - Andrew LittleRangers 1 - 1 Hearts Goal scored by Andrew Little from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 1-1 Hearts.
  • 90:00+0:33 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
  • 89:07 Effort from deep inside the area by Sasa Papac clears the bar.
  • 88:51 Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thomson from the right by-line, save made by Marian Kello.
  • 88:44 The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
  • 88:37 Kevin Thomson crosses the ball, David Obua manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:44 Andrew Little delivers the ball, save by Marian Kello.
  • 87:24 Ryan Wallace takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 85:43 Substitution Gregg Wylde replaces John Fleck.
  • 84:20 Sasa Papac delivers the ball, Lee McCulloch has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 83:31 The ball is crossed by Ian Black, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 82:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Eggert Jonsson. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
  • 82:29 Ismael Bouzid takes a shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 79:48 Substitution Ryan Wallace on for Scott Robinson.
  • 78:23 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Andrew Little coming on for Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 78:11 Danny Wilson produces a cross, clearance made by David Obua.
  • 78:00 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Blocked by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 77:36 The ball is swung over by Sasa Papac, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid.
  • 77:14 Kirk Broadfoot fouled by David Obua, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
  • 76:36 Steven Whittaker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
  • 75:48 The ball is sent over by John Fleck, Effort on goal by Steven Whittaker from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 75:35 Kevin Thomson sends in a cross, David Obua manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:34 GOAL - Scott RobinsonRangers 0 - 1 Hearts Scott Robinson finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 0-1 Hearts.
  • 74:12 Lee Wallace takes a shot. Brilliant save by Allan McGregor.
  • 73:25 Steven Davis challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
  • 72:43 Sent off Christian Nade receives a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 71:48 Steven Davis takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 71:41 John Fleck sends in a cross.
  • 71:30 A cross is delivered by Steven Davis, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
  • 68:57 Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:57 Booking The referee cautions Christian Nade for unsporting behaviour.
  • 68:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Nade on Allan McGregor.
  • 68:40 Eggert Jonsson takes a shot. Lee McCulloch gets a block in.
  • 67:45 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jason Thomson, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
  • 67:45 Booking Lee McCulloch booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 67:37 Michael Stewart fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 65:02 Kevin Thomson takes a shot. Ismael Bouzid gets a block in.
  • 63:55 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
  • 61:45 The ball is swung over by Jason Thomson.
  • 61:19 Corner taken by Scott Robinson from the left by-line to the near post, Kyle Lafferty manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:35 Effort on goal by Lee McCulloch from long range goes over the bar.
  • 59:37 Effort from just outside the area by Steven Davis goes over the target.
  • 59:02 Corner taken by John Fleck from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ian Black.
  • 57:57 Jason Thomson produces a cross, save by Allan McGregor.
  • 57:14 The ball is swung over by Kirk Broadfoot, save by Marian Kello.
  • 56:01 Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Christian Nade results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 55:29 Shot from outside the box by John Fleck misses to the left of the target.
  • 52:02 Sasa Papac takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
  • 51:30 Corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line.
  • 51:21 The ball is sent over by John Fleck, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
  • 49:34 Outswinging corner taken by Scott Robinson, clearance made by David Weir.
  • 49:22 The ball is swung over by Christian Nade, save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 48:04 The ball is sent over by David Weir, save by Marian Kello.
  • 47:42 Centre by John Fleck, Jason Thomson makes a clearance.
  • 46:35 Free kick taken by Danny Wilson.
  • 46:35 Booking Ismael Bouzid is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 46:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ismael Bouzid on John Fleck.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:13 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 44:52 Shot on goal by Christian Nade from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 44:48 Ian Black delivers the ball.
  • 43:09 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Davis. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
  • 41:19 The referee blows for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:13 The referee blows for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Michael Stewart takes the indirect free kick.
  • 37:15 Centre by Kirk Broadfoot, save made by Marian Kello.
  • 36:56 A cross is delivered by Kevin Thomson.
  • 35:46 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 34:16 Sasa Papac crosses the ball, clearance made by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 32:55 John Fleck takes a shot. Ismael Bouzid gets a block in.
  • 30:59 Steven Whittaker fouled by Ian Black, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Wilson takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ismael Bouzid by Kyle Lafferty. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 28:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Ismael Bouzid. Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:50 John Fleck delivers the ball, clearance by Jason Thomson.
  • 27:15 Handball decision goes against Ismael Bouzid. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance made by David Obua.
  • 26:28 Kirk Broadfoot produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 25:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Eggert Jonsson. Kevin Thomson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
  • 24:24 Christian Nade sends in a cross.
  • 23:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Jason Thomson. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:53 Steven Davis takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
  • 21:46 The ball is swung over by Kevin Thomson, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 20:42 Foul by Ian Black on John Fleck, free kick awarded. Steven Davis has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Marian Kello makes a fantastic save.
  • 20:32 The ball is crossed by Steven Davis, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:59 Christian Nade challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
  • 19:34 Kyle Lafferty challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
  • 18:14 Steven Whittaker produces a cross, save made by Marian Kello.
  • 18:04 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Scott Robinson gets a block in.
  • 17:34 Corner taken by John Fleck from the right by-line played to the near post, Ismael Bouzid manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:08 Ismael Bouzid challenges Lee McCulloch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
  • 16:08 The ball is crossed by Scott Robinson, save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 15:32 The ball is swung over by Kirk Broadfoot, save made by Marian Kello.
  • 13:34 Steven Davis takes a shot. Blocked by Marius Zaliukas.
  • 13:16 The ball is swung over by Steven Whittaker.
  • 10:20 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
  • 6:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Marius Zaliukas. Ismael Bouzid takes the free kick.
  • 5:40 Effort on goal by Christian Nade from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 3:54 The referee blows for offside against Christian Nade. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
  • 1:20 Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Kevin Thomson results in a free kick. Jason Thomson takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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23 Jan 2010 23:59 UK


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As it stood on 23 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 21 35 48
2 Celtic 19 18 38
3 Hibernian 20 14 36
4 Dundee Utd 20 1 34
5 Hearts 21 -1 28
6 Motherwell 20 -3 26
7 Aberdeen 19 -5 24
8 St Mirren 20 -8 20
9 St Johnstone 17 -6 19
10 Hamilton 19 -17 16
11 Kilmarnock 20 -15 14
12 Falkirk 18 -13 13

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