Scottish Premiership
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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players who had been red-carded last week, with Rangers' Ryan Jack and Hearts' Isma Goncalves having those dismissals rescinded.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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Rangers 0, Heart of Midlothian 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

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

Foul by Ryan Hardie (Rangers).

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Rangers).

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

Hand ball by Ryan Hardie (Rangers).

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

Foul by Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian).

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

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

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

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by John Souttar.

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

Substitution

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

Attempt saved. Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ryan Hardie replaces Graham Dorrans.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt blocked. Graham Dorrans (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Niko Kranjcar (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Krystian Nowak (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Prince Buaben replaces Connor Randall.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Krystian Nowak replaces Jamie Walker.

Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Rangers).

Arnaud Sutchuin-Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Connor Randall.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt blocked. Lee Wallace (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Niko Kranjcar replaces Josh Windass because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic33007169
2St Johnstone33007259
3Aberdeen33006249
4Hamilton32016336
5Hibernian32017616
6Rangers31114404
7Hearts311124-24
8Motherwell310246-23
9Ross County310235-23
10Kilmarnock300315-40
11Partick Thistle300315-40
12Dundee300327-50
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