Rangers 1-1 Hearts: Craig Halkett cancels out John Lundstram opener late on

Craig Halkett headed a Ninetieth-minute equaliser as Hearts snatched a dramatic draw at Ibrox to remain a degree behind Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers.

The defender capped an improved second-half efficiency from the guests after John Lundstram had struck for Rangers of their dominant first half.

Substitute Kemar Roofe’s shot was touched on to the publish by Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon at 1-0, and Alfredo Morelos missed a good chance for the hosts shortly earlier than Halkett headed house.

Robbie Neilson’s crew stay unbeaten within the league and are two factors forward of Dundee United, with Celtic 4 factors off the summit after each they and United gained their Saturday away video games.

Gordon needed to cope with photographs from Scott Wright, Ianis Hagi and Joe Aribo earlier than denying Leon Balogun twice in fast succession at a nook, with Michael Smith additionally required to finish the clearance.

Morelos, chasing his a hundredth Rangers aim, was off course from contained in the field in one other of the house aspect’s possibilities.

Rangers discovered the lead when Lundstram collected a Halkett clearance and curved the ball past Gordon from round 25 yards.

Balogun joined central defensive team-mate Connor Goldson in being booked early within the second half, giving Hearts encouragement to exert extra stress.

And winger Barrie McKay was denied a aim in opposition to his former membership by Allan McGregor, who then held a Cameron Devlin effort.

The house aspect went again on the offensive and Roofe’s shot was compelled on to the right-hand publish by Gordon, who then punched away a harmful Goldson header.

Roofe squared for Morelos to show extensive with the aim gaping and Hearts sub Armand Gnanduillet virtually capitalised with a low shot blocked by McGregor.

The warnings had been there for Rangers and sub Gary Mackay-Steven’s nook was missed by McGregor and transformed by the top of Halkett to make all of it sq..

Hearts supervisor Neilson was despatched to the stand for 2 bookings shortly earlier than the equaliser amid a fracas among the many gamers close to the technical space.

What they stated

Rangers supervisor Steven Gerrard advised RangersTV: “I am annoyed with the end result as a result of I really feel we have executed sufficient to win the sport. We have not been ruthless sufficient within the closing third and we have paid for it.

“The primary-half efficiency will take us to the place we need to get to, however second half I do not suppose we got here out with the identical intent or urgency. We received a bit of comfortable as the sport went on.”

Hearts supervisor Robbie Neilson advised HeartsTV: “I used to be delighted with them right now. I needed to return right here and win however worse case state of affairs you come and take a degree.

“You’re taking a degree in opposition to Rangers, you have to win subsequent week and you have to win the week after that and the week after that.”

What’s subsequent?

Rangers return to the Europa League on Thursday with a house match in opposition to Danish aspect Brondby (20:00 BST), then face St Mirren within the Premiership subsequent on Sunday, 24 October (12:00). Hearts host Dundee within the prime flight subsequent Saturday (15:00).

Participant of the match

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Rangers

  1. Squad quantity7Participant titleHagi

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleMcGregor

  3. Squad quantity31Participant titleBarisic

  4. Squad quantity6Participant titleGoldson

  5. Squad quantity26Participant titleBalogun

  6. Squad quantity23Participant titleWright

  7. Squad quantity17Participant titleAribo

  8. Squad quantity2Participant titleTavernier

  9. Squad quantity20Participant titleMorelos

  10. Squad quantity18Participant titleKamara

  11. Squad quantity4Participant titleLundstram

  12. Squad quantity22Participant titleBacuna

  13. Squad quantity25Participant titleRoofe

  14. Squad quantity10Participant titleDavis

Coronary heart of Midlothian

  1. Squad quantity1Participant titleGordon

  2. Squad quantity11Participant titleMackay-Steven

  3. Squad quantity19Participant titleHalkett

  4. Squad quantity21Participant titleGnanduillet

  5. Squad quantity4Participant titleSouttar

  6. Squad quantity30Participant titleGinnelly

  7. Squad quantity3Participant titleKingsley

  8. Squad quantity18Participant titleMcKay

  9. Squad quantity6Participant titleBaningime

  10. Squad quantity17Participant titleCochrane

  11. Squad quantity10Participant titleBoyce

  12. Squad quantity14Participant titleDevlin

  13. Squad quantity9Participant titleWoodburn

  14. Squad quantity2Participant titleSmith

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 23mins
  • 26BalogunBooked at 47mins
  • 31Barisic
  • 4Lundstram
  • 18Kamara
  • 17AriboBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDavisat 75′minutes
  • 7HagiSubstituted forRoofeat 75′minutes
  • 23WrightSubstituted forBacunaat 61′minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 20Morelos

Substitutes

  • 3Bassey
  • 10Davis
  • 16Patterson
  • 22Bacuna
  • 25Roofe
  • 30Sakala
  • 33McLaughlin

Hearts

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 4Souttar
  • 19Halkett
  • 3KingsleyBooked at 86mins
  • 2Smith
  • 6BaningimeBooked at 37mins
  • 14DevlinBooked at 75mins
  • 17CochraneBooked at 16minsSubstituted forGnanduilletat 77′minutes
  • 18McKaySubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 82′minutes
  • 9WoodburnSubstituted forGinnellyat 61′minutes
  • 10Boyce

Substitutes

  • 5Haring
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 13Stewart
  • 15Moore
  • 16Halliday
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 30Ginnelly

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