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Unfair challenge on David Weir by Stephen Elliott results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
Lee McCulloch has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Lee Wallace by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Foul by David Weir on Stephen Elliott, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Craig Thomson from right wing, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
Ian Black joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Stevenson.
Vladimir Weiss produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot.
Craig Thomson is brought on as a substitute for Rudolf Skacel.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Stephen Elliott. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
Vladimir Weiss concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Stevenson. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Rudolf Skacel for handball. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Vladimir Weiss is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Ness.
Ryan Stevenson finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hearts 1-0 Rangers.Stephen Elliott provided the assist for the goal.
John Fleck replaces Maurice Edu.
Ruben Palazuelos has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Adrian Mrowiec, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Lee Wallace.
Nikica Jelavic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kyle Lafferty.
Rudolf Skacel receives a yellow card. Maurice Edu fouled by Ryan Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
Lee McCulloch delivers the ball, save made by Marian Kello.
Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Marius Zaliukas gets a block in.
Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Marius Zaliukas. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
Lee Wallace delivers the ball.
Kyle Lafferty is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Ismael Bouzid results in a free kick. Steven Davis shoots direct from the free kick.
Ryan Stevenson produces a cross, save by Allan McGregor.
Booking for Adrian Mrowiec.
Steven Whittaker has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Gary Glen comes on in place of David Templeton.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Stevenson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kyle Lafferty.
Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mrowiec.
Maurice Edu takes a shot. Marius Zaliukas gets a block in.
Sasa Papac takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, David Weir has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Ruben Palazuelos concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Sasa Papac delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Ryan Stevenson. Free kick taken by Lee McCulloch.
Ryan Stevenson fouled by Madjid Bougherra, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Rudolf Skacel.
The ball is crossed by Eggert Jonsson, save by Allan McGregor. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Elliott, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Marius Zaliukas misses to the right of the target.
David Templeton sends in a cross, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
Centre by Rudolf Skacel.
Steven Whittaker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Wallace. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ismael Bouzid.
Booking for Madjid Bougherra for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Madjid Bougherra on Ryan Stevenson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rudolf Skacel, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis.
Ruben Palazuelos is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Weir.
Lee Wallace is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Wallace on Steven Whittaker. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Stevenson on Lee McCulloch. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
Sasa Papac takes a shot.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis, Ruben Palazuelos manages to make a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Wallace.
Sasa Papac sends in a cross, save by Marian Kello.
Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marian Kello takes the indirect free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Steven Naismith. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Lee McCulloch for unsporting behaviour. Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on David Templeton. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Templeton from left channel.
Kyle Lafferty challenges Ismael Bouzid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ismael Bouzid restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Stevenson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Naismith takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Marian Kello makes a save.
Adrian Mrowiec challenges Maurice Edu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Stevenson by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Rudolf Skacel from right wing, clearance by Kyle Lafferty.
Unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Davis, clearance by Ruben Palazuelos.
Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line played to the near post, Ryan Stevenson makes a clearance.
Jamie Ness takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Sasa Papac from the left by-line, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
Steven Naismith produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Foul by Adrian Mrowiec on Jamie Ness, free kick awarded. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Sasa Papac. Marian Kello restarts play with the free kick.
Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
The ball is swung over by Sasa Papac, Marius Zaliukas manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Eggert Jonsson, Allan McGregor makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Elliott, clearance by Sasa Papac.
A cross is delivered by Adrian Mrowiec, Effort on goal by Ryan Stevenson from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is swung over by David Templeton.
Jamie Ness sends in a cross, save by Marian Kello.
Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
The match gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half begins.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Kello keen to keep pressure on Old Firm
Goalkeeper Marian Kello knows Hearts' aspirations at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League will be tested to the full in the next fortnight.
An unbeaten SPL run of nine wins in the last 10 games has led many to suggest Hearts could challenge Rangers and Celtic at the top of the standings.
After Rangers at Tynecastle on Saturday, Hearts meet Celtic away, St Johnstone at home and Rangers away in matches which are likely to determine whether they can sustain the pressure on the Old Firm.
Kello said: "Hopefully we are competitive with them and we will see in a few weeks how good we are.
"We want to carry on our record. We can be competitive with them until the end of the season.
"But we don't want to say it with a big mouth because in one week we could be nine or 12 points behind again.
"We will see next week or in two weeks how we get on."
Hearts will make late decisions on the fitness of striker Kevin Kyle and midfielder Rudi Skacel ahead of Saturday.
Kyle (groin) and Skacel (calf) missed Tuesday's win at Kilmarnock, but manager Jim Jefferies may risk them against the defending SPL champions.
Calum Elliot is also doubtful, while long-term injury absentees Andrew Driver (thigh) and Suso Santana (knee) are nearing returns.
Kello is not thinking beyond Saturday's game with Rangers, who are five points above Hearts in second with a game in hand.
"We know we have many games soon and we want to take each game separately and make sure you do everything for success," he added.
Kello, who returned to the team following a back injury at Kilmarnock, insists Jefferies' men have every reason to be optimistic ahead of the game.
He added: "We do not fear them and we must be confident when we go into the game.
"If we go in there with fear, the team will not achieve anything.
"You must have respect, but not fear."
Jamie MacDonald was unflustered as he deputised for Kello in the games against St Mirren, Hibernian - keeping two clean sheets in two wins - and in the Scottish Cup loss to St Johnstone.
Competition for places has been key to Hearts' run, but Kello is confident he has the ability to remain first choice.
"He played well and I kept my fingers crossed for him because I wanted the team to do well," added Kello.
"It is about proving myself again and I'm not scared of my opponents or friends in the goals.
"In every training you need to work at 100% to show you're the best. It's pushing me forward, definitely."
Rangers are boosted by the return of Madjid Bougherra from suspension.
Steven Naismith could also be in contention for the visit to Tynecastle after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Sasa Papac faces a fitness test on a groin strain, while long-term casualty Kirk Broadfoot remains on the sidelines with a foot injury.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, Rangers manager Walter Smith is hopeful Kenny Miller will be the only player heading for the Ibrox exit door this month.
The striker, who was out of contract this summer, quit the Scottish champions on Thursday when he signed for Turkish outfit Bursaspor.
Smith is now seeking to recruit a couple of players - a forward and a defender - on loan until the end of the season to bolster his compact squad.
And the Rangers boss is keen to avoid losing any more of his current crop of players, claiming there has been no interest from other clubs so far.
He said: "There hasn't been activity at all for any of the rest of the players and certainly I would hope it stays that way during the transfer window.
"We wouldn't want to lose any more players. We've only lost Kenny because of the contractual situation and being unable to meet his demands for a new contract.
"We are disappointed about that but we don't need to lose any other players and hopefully we won't have to."
Papac has yet to sign a new deal but Smith remains confident an agreement will be reached with the full-back.
And Smith has now challenged his players to fill the void left by Miller and he believes Nikica Jelavic has already shown signs he can have a major part to play for Rangers.
The #4million signing made his comeback in midweek after almost four months on the sidelines following a serious ankle injury which required surgery.
Smith said: "He is a natural goalscorer although he more than has the capability to play for the team and to link with the rest of the players."
Hearts underline title credentials
Ryan Stevenson grabbed the only goal of the game as Hearts continued their bid to be taken seriously as title contenders with a 1-0 win over Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The win allowed the Jambos to move to within two points of the Scottish champions and strengthen their case for a three-way fight for the championship, or to at least split the Old Firm this season.
Defeat at Tynecastle denied Rangers the opportunity to move into pole position ahead of Celtic's game later in the day, with the Hoops next up to face Hearts.
Hearts striker Kevin Kyle failed to recover from a groin problem, meaning Stevenson was deployed in an unfamiliar forward role, while Rudi Skacel was passed fit for the clash at Tynecastle.
Rangers were boosted by the return of Madjid Bougherra from suspension and both Steven Naismith and Sasa Papac from injury. Kyle Lafferty started up front following Kenny Miller's midweek departure to Bursaspor.
The match was just 27 seconds old when Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello was called into action to parry a Lafferty shot to his right after the striker carved out an early chance on goal.
At the other end, Skacel did well to cut inside before setting up Stevenson in front of goal but he volleyed well over, with Allan McGregor untroubled in the Rangers goal.
Lafferty had another chance for Rangers when he collected from Maurice Edu but connected awkwardly and his tame effort was easily gathered by Kello.
Rangers still looked dangerous and Naismith slipped a lovely pass to Jamie Ness in plenty of space and the youngster forced a decent save from Kello, before seeing a swerving effort tipped just wide of the far post seconds later.
It was proving to be a busy afternoon for Kello, who blocked another stinging shot from Lafferty, before denying Naismith the opener from a powerful drive.
Lee McCulloch then picked up the first yellow card of the game for a clumsy challenge on David Templeton. He was joined in referee Mike Tumilty's book by Bougherra for a foul on Stevenson.
With half-time fast approaching, Skacel could have snatched the lead for Hearts with a shot from the left which fizzed across the face of goal and past the upright, before McGregor blocked from Stephen Elliott.
Rangers tried to break the deadlock shortly after the restart when Papac went on a surging run before seeing his point-blank shot blocked by Kello, who was in superb form for Hearts.
The champions had another chance to pile on the pressure when Lafferty was fouled by Ismael Bouzid 25 yards out but a decent opportunity was squandered when Steven Davis' free-kick failed to make it past the Hearts wall.
Lafferty was withdrawn with 20 minutes to go and replaced by Nikica Jelavic, who had recently returned to action after recovering from a serious ankle injury sustained at the same venue almost four months ago.
But it was Hearts who opened the scoring after 77 minutes. Skacel went to ground in the box under pressure from Ness but there was no penalty as play raged on in the packed goalmouth.
Skacel picked himself up to have a half-shot on goal which was forced into the back of the net by Stevenson from close-range.
Rangers could have hauled themselves level when Jelavic tried his luck with an ambitious overhead kick which crashed off the underside of the bar as Hearts held on for the win.
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