Little Snatches Point For Gers

A 90th minute equaliser from substitute Andrew Little was enough for Rangers to leave Ibrox with a point after a 1-1 draw against Hearts. The Gers weren’t at their best today and struggled to create much in terms clear chances with a injury-hit team.

With Kris Boyd, Kenny Miller, Nacho Novo and Steven Naismith all injured, Kyle Lafferty started in attack after returning from illness to partner John Fleck upfront. Steven Whittaker continuted at left-midfield with Steven Davis moving to right-midfield as Thomson and McCulloch partnered in midfield. Despite the injuries, Pedro Mendes was on the bench for Rangers for the first time since October. As for Hearts, they were without Jose Goncalves so Ismael Bouzid and Marius Zaliukas were at the heart of the defence. Ruben Palazuelos was also injured along with Andrew Driver and Calum Elliot.

It was a pretty scrappy affair in the opening 20 minutes with no team able to take control of the game. Rangers had the first real glimpse of goal when John Fleck was brought down by Ian Black after a terrific run and Steven Davis took the resulting free-kick from 20 yards which Kello was able to parry away from the Hearts goal. Rangers’ next good chance came from a free-kick when Kevin Thomson’s cross was met by Kirk Broadfoot but his glancing header ended up over the bar. To be honest, Rangers were pretty poor in the first-half and the lack of width and class was having a real effect as the Champions struggled to breakdown a solid Hearts defence.

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In the second-half, Hearts were down to 10-men after 70 minutes when Christian Nade picked up two soft bookings, one for persistant fouling and the other for kicking the ball away. Only 5 minutes later, Lee Wallace picked the ball up about 25 yards out and his left-foot shot was well saved by McGregor, but the rebound was fumbled home by uoung Scott Robinson, who used his pace to get infront of Papac and put the ball into the net. Rangers huffed and puffed without any end-product in what was a very poor display from Rangers overall. John Fleck seemed to be the most lively player for Rangers and he had a shot wide of the post that tested Kello.

Andrew Little Scores First Rangers Goal

The supporters became tense and frustrated as the clock ticked nearer to 90 minutes. Sasa Papac had an absolutely great chance to give Rangers and equaliser late in the game but he skied his close range effort. Rangers continuted to press and Lee McCulloch’s shot from the edge of the box was fumbled by Kello to the feet of substitute Andrew Little who poked the ball into the net for his first Rangers goal.

Overall, a very disppointing display from Rangers and I think the manager will have to take some of the blame for the result as in my view he set up completely wrong. Steven Davis, on his game, is the SPL’s best footballer and Rangers’ most creative player – Why re-shape your team without him taking priority? On a positive note, the performance of John Fleck was one that should see him play more often as a striker. It was also nice to see Andrew Little and Gregg Wylde get late appearances for Rangers and they did pretty well.

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