Scottish Championship
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Rangers 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

By Andrew SouthwickBBC Scotland

Hearts scored a stoppage-time winner against Rangers at Ibrox to seal a dream start to their Scottish Championship campaign.

Danny Wilson headed the visitors in front early in the second half, a lead that they held until time added on.

However, in an incredible finale Nicky Law equalised with the 90 minutes up.

Then Osman Sow had the final say when he drove through the Rangers defence and hammered Hearts back in front just a minute later to win the game.

Hearts suffered a blow when goalkeeper Neil Alexander was taken to hospital after a clash of heads with his team-mate Alim Ozturk.

However, they begin the season with a strong statement of intent with an impressive victory in Glasgow.

Before the game Sandy Jardine's team-mates from Rangers' 1972 European Cup Winners Cup win made their way on to the pitch for the re-naming of the Govan Stand in his honour.

Fans held out cards spelling out "Sandy Legend" as Rangers captain Lee McCulloch unfurled the League One flag.

There were very nearly celebrations in the stands early in the game when a poor pass-back put Alexander under pressure in the Hearts goal.

But the former Ibrox goalkeeper managed to recover with Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd both attempting to latch onto the loose ball.

After that hiccup, Hearts began to move the ball about well, but they looked vulnerable at the back and Rangers really should have gone in front after 19 minutes.

Nicky Law scores for Rangers against Hearts
Law scored but parity would be short-lived

Miller found space in the box but his shot was blocked by Ozturk. The deflection fell for David Templeton, but he somehow put his close-range header over the bar.

Rangers gradually began to look the more comfortable team, but their final ball let them down. Law poked a pass just too far ahead of Miller with Hearts carved open and the defence were able to recover.

Two former Hearts players almost combined to find the elusive opener when Ian Black's free-kick found the head of Marius Zaliukas, but the Lithuanian glanced his header just wide.

After soaking up the majority of the first-half pressure, Robbie Neilson's men began to take control.

Wilson found space on the left and his inviting ball almost found the stretching Ozturk. Minutes later, Sam Nicholson arrived late in the box to head Sow's cross straight at Cammy Bell.

And the Gorgie men started the second half just as well, taking advantage of the set piece to take the lead.

Wilson squeezed between McCulloch and Lee Wallace to bullet Billy King's corner into the net and spark wild celebrations from Hearts' 1,700 strong travelling support.

Rangers tried to respond and Miller's flick at the near post sparked a goal-line scramble, but King eventually hammered it away.

Hearts striker Osman Sow
Sow had the last word with the winning goal

Hearts suffered a blow when Alexander collided with team-mate Ozturk as he attempted to collect the ball. The goalkeeper could not continue, and another former Rangers man, Scott Gallacher, replaced him.

His former side struggled to test him, though, with their best chances all blocked by maroon shirts in the box.

That was until a frantic finale, when Rangers thought they had got themselves out of jail. Miller's knockdown found Law in the box and the midfielder hammered past Gallacher in time added on.

However, the celebrations lasted just a minute. Sow raced onto Nicholson's through ball and thumped Hearts back in front.

Yet, it was still not the last action of the game. Lee Wallace's low cross ricocheted in the box and Miller should have burst the net, but he swiped wide, condemning Rangers to an opening-day defeat.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Bell
  • 26ZaliukasBooked at 38mins
  • 6McCulloch
  • 23FosterBooked at 80minsSubstituted forMcGregorat 90+2'minutes
  • 5Wallace
  • 10MacLeod
  • 8BlackSubstituted forHuttonat 49'minutes
  • 7Law
  • 11TempletonSubstituted forShielsat 72'minutes
  • 18Miller
  • 15Boyd

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 4Aird
  • 14Clark
  • 20Hutton
  • 22Shiels
  • 24McGregor
  • 31Simonsen

Hearts

  • 1AlexanderSubstituted forGallacherat 67'minutes
  • 30McGheeBooked at 21minsSubstituted forMcKayat 55'minutesBooked at 55mins
  • 5Ozturk
  • 3McHattieBooked at 36mins
  • 4WilsonBooked at 78mins
  • 11Nicholson
  • 12King
  • 6GomisBooked at 87mins
  • 17Buaben
  • 18CarrickSubstituted forHoltat 82'minutes
  • 20SowBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 10Holt
  • 14Smith
  • 15Gallacher
  • 16Oliver
  • 19Keatings
  • 22McKay
  • 29Smith
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
43,683

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away26

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 1, Hearts 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Hearts 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Miller (Rangers).

  4. Post update

    Danny Wilson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Law (Rangers).

  6. Post update

    Jason Holt (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 1, Hearts 2. Osman Sow (Hearts) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Nicholson.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Darren McGregor replaces Richard Foster.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 1, Hearts 1. Nicky Law (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kenny Miller.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Nicky Law (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jason Holt (Hearts).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Marius Zaliukas.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Holt (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Booking

    Morgaro Gomis (Hearts) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Lewis MacLeod (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Hearts).

  19. Post update

    Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Hearts).