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  • Date:02 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Ibrox Stadium
  • Attendance:44,823
  • Lafferty (3)
Goal!

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93mins

El-Hadji Diouf decides to take a short corner.

93mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Eggert Jonsson. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.

91mins

The referee blows for offside against Steven Davis. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.

91mins

Ryan Stevenson delivers the ball.

90mins

Foul by Steven Naismith on Eggert Jonsson, free kick awarded. Ismael Bouzid takes the indirect free kick.

89mins

A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson.

88mins

The ball is swung over by Maurice Edu, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.

87mins

Ryan Stevenson goes into the book. Foul by Ryan Stevenson on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Ness.

85mins

The referee gives a free kick against Andrew Driver for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

85mins

The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Ismael Bouzid.

84mins

The referee books Ismael Bouzid for unsporting behaviour. Maurice Edu fouled by Ismael Bouzid, the ref awards a free kick. El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Ismael Bouzid.

81mins

Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Thomson. Free kick crossed by Craig Thomson, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.

80mins

Gary Glen comes on in place of Rudolf Skacel.

79mins

Corner taken right-footed by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance by Eggert Jonsson.

78mins

El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball.

76mins

Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Eggert Jonsson results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Sasa Papac from the free kick, Rudolf Skacel gets a block in.

76mins

Centre by Sasa Papac.

75mins

Rudolf Skacel takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.

73mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Ismael Bouzid. Free kick crossed by Craig Thomson, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.

73mins

Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mrowiec.

71mins

Steven Naismith comes on in place of Vladimir Weiss. Suso Santana goes off and Andrew Driver comes on.

68mins

Rudolf Skacel challenges Vladimir Weiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.

67mins

Rudolf Skacel fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rudolf Skacel.

66mins

Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Vladimir Weiss restarts play with the free kick.

65mins

The ball is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, save by Marian Kello.

64mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Ismael Bouzid. Free kick crossed left-footed by Sasa Papac from left wing, Adrian Mrowiec manages to make a clearance.

62mins

The referee gives a free kick against Eggert Jonsson for handball. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.

61mins

El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross.

61mins

Centre by Steven Whittaker, clearance by Adrian Mrowiec.

60mins

Jamie Ness gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rudolf Skacel. Free kick crossed by Ryan Stevenson, Marius Zaliukas challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

58mins

El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, clearance made by Craig Thomson.

57mins

Ruben Palazuelos is caught offside. Steven Whittaker takes the direct free kick.

53mins

Ryan Stevenson takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.

50mins

Madjid Bougherra takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello. Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line to the near post, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.

48mins

Ismael Bouzid concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Lafferty. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Marian Kello.

46mins

El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross, clearance made by Adrian Mrowiec.

46mins

Ian Black goes off and Ryan Stevenson comes on.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Suso Santana on Jamie Ness. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.

44mins

Sasa Papac gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Thomson. Craig Thomson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing,

42mins

Caution for Eggert Jonsson. Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, Header on goal by Kyle Lafferty from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

41mins

Ian Black booked. Foul by Ian Black on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from right channel.

38mins

Suso Santana receives a yellow card. Suso Santana concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

36mins

The referee blows for offside against Stephen Elliott. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

34mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by El-Hadji Diouf on Marius Zaliukas. Marius Zaliukas restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Suso Santana results in a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.

33mins

A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.

32mins

A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson, clearance by David Weir.

31mins

The ball is swung over by Ruben Palazuelos, Allan McGregor makes a save.

31mins

A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson, Steven Davis makes a clearance.

29mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Elliott on David Weir. Free kick taken by David Weir.

28mins

Marius Zaliukas is cautioned. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Ness on Rudolf Skacel. Craig Thomson produces a cross, Marius Zaliukas takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Rudolf Skacel from the right by-line, clearance made by David Weir. Marius Zaliukas concedes a free kick for a foul on El-Hadji Diouf. Sasa Papac takes the indirect free kick.

26mins

A cross is delivered by Ruben Palazuelos, blocked by Steven Whittaker.

24mins

A cross is delivered by Sasa Papac.

24mins

A cross is delivered by Craig Thomson, David Weir manages to make a clearance.

23mins

Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, save made by Marian Kello.

22mins

The ball is swung over by Vladimir Weiss, Adrian Mrowiec makes a clearance.

20mins

El-Hadji Diouf on for Lee McCulloch. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marius Zaliukas on Kyle Lafferty. Free kick crossed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance by Ismael Bouzid.

17mins

Craig Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ness. Indirect free kick taken by David Weir.

16mins

Rudolf Skacel produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.

9mins

The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, Craig Thomson manages to make a clearance.

9mins

Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross, clearance made by Adrian Mrowiec.

7mins

The ball is delivered by Ismael Bouzid, save made by Allan McGregor.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Thomson on Vladimir Weiss. Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball in from the free kick.

4mins

Kyle Lafferty grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Hearts.Assist by Steven Whittaker.

Match Preview

Healy signing just the ticket David Healy believes Kyle Lafferty and Steven Davis will be glad he is now their Rangers team-mate instead of their Old Firm ticket tormentor. The 31-year-old striker fulfilled a boyhood dream at the weekend by signing for the Light Blues until the summer. Healy has travelled regularly to Ibrox over the years and has recently relied on his fellow Northern Ireland internationals for access when Celtic have visited. However, now the former Sunderland striker is set to play at the stadium for the first time against Hearts in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League before the home Scottish Cup clash with Celtic on Sunday. Meeting the media at the club's Murray Park training ground Healy said: "I am sure Kyle and Steven are pleased that I am here. "It saves me ringing late in the week of an Old Firm game looking for tickets. "It's not just Old Firm games I come up for and the game against Manchester United was the most recent one. "Any time I wasn't playing and the opportunity arose I would speak to Steven or Kyle. "All my family are Rangers supporters like me. "My father comes over on the boat every other week and he is looking forward to seeing me play. "I know the importance of every game at this football club and I know what it means to them to go home after a defeat, especially an Old Firm defeat, so hopefully that doesn't happen too often. "But Wednesday night against Hearts comes first for me and to play at Ibrox has always been a dream. "It's important that we get the win and then Celtic comes after that." Healy revealed how as a youngster he was prevented from signing for "the biggest club in Scotland" but claims he never gave up on his dream, even when he was loaned out to Doncaster earlier in the season. "Rangers have given me the opportunity that I might have taken 16 years ago," the Ulsterman said. "I was here when I was 14 as a schoolboy but because of something to do with SFA forms I couldn't sign until I was 15 or 16 and so I signed for Manchester United. "But you never give up because football changes in an instant and you don't know where you are going to be. "I found myself at Doncaster and I was grateful to them to get the feeling for first-team football back and I scored a few goals. "I could possibly have gone elsewhere but this was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. "I'm here at the biggest club in Scotland and I can't wait to get started. I feel as if I can still do a job." Hearts manager Jim Jefferies has revealed owner Vladimir Romanov quickly came round to the idea of re-signing Andy Webster despite his initial surprise. Jefferies revealed Webster had agreed to hold talks with Hearts after securing his release from an unhappy spell with Rangers before the transfer window closed. No deal is imminent as Webster's agent has reported interest from several clubs in England and Scotland, but Jefferies is keen to press home a move for their former skipper, who left the club in acrimonious circumstances in 2006. Webster was frozen out by Romanov towards the end of the club's Scottish Cup-winning season after refusing to extend his contract. He then became the first player to use FIFA's Article 17 rule that allows a player to leave a club after a specified period of time, joining Wigan before quickly moving to Rangers, initially on loan. Hearts wanted #4.5million for Webster but the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland eventually ruled that Webster was liable for only #150,000, which was paid by Wigan, who in turn sold him to Rangers. Jefferies discussed a move for Webster during talks with Romanov in Lithuania earlier this month amid fears over a lack of cover for centre-backs Ismael Bouzid and Marius Zaliukas. And Romanov granted him the approval to seek a loan deal for the player, who is now free to join a club on a permanent basis. "We've had to play players out of position," said Jefferies. "Marius and Ismael are the only two recognised centre-halves. "We identified that the last time I went over (to Lithuania) for a meeting, you are always trying to look ahead. Webster was one of the names we mentioned. "I mentioned his name to the owner and he sounded a little bit surprised but it didn`t take him long. "He looked at me and said `if that`s a possibility, we could try to make that happen'."

Formation:4141Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

Formation: 4141Manager: Jim Jefferies

Hearts

  • Allan McGregor
  • Steven Whittaker
  • Madjid Bougherra
  • David Weir
  • Sasa Papac
  • Lee McCulloch
  • Steven Davis
  • Maurice Edu
  • Jamie Ness
  • Vladimir Weiss
  • Kyle Lafferty
  • SUBS
  • Neil Alexander
  • John Fleck
  • Richard Foster
  • Steven Naismith
  • David Healy
  • El-Hadji Diouf
  • Kyle Bartley

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Match Report

Gers narrow gap on Celtic Kyle Lafferty grabbed the only goal of the game as Rangers avenged last month's defeat to Hearts with a win over the Edinburgh side in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Ibrox. Lafferty pounced in the opening minutes before El-Hadji Diouf was handed an earlier than anticipated debut following his transfer deadline-day move. The win allowed Rangers to move to within five points of SPL leaders Celtic, with two games in hands over their rivals. New signings Diouf, David Healy and Kyle Bartley were all named on the bench for Rangers. Nikica Jelavic missed out with a groin injury and Steven Naismith and Neil Alexander were dropped to the bench, as Allan McGregor, Vladimir Weiss and Jamie Ness all started. Hearts drafted Stephen Elliot, Eggert Jonsson and Adrian Mrowiec into the side as they looked for a repeat of their win over the Scottish champions at Tynecastle last month. But it was Rangers who enjoyed the best possible start to the game when they took the lead with just four minutes on the clock. Steven Whittaker flighted a cross into the box where Lafferty was waiting to volley past the helpless Marian Kello from 15 yards. Lee McCulloch then saw his header flash wide of the upright after collecting a long ball from Madjid Bougherra. It proved to be McCulloch's last real involvement in the game when he was forced out of the action after just 20 minutes and replaced by Diouf, who received a rapturous reception from the home fans. Hearts could have been back on level terms when Craig Thomson's free-kick was met by Marius Zaliukas at the back post and his header appeared netbound before McGregor produced a superb save to tip over. Diouf earned himself a lecture from referee Brian Winter for a challenge on Zaliukas seconds after the on-loan Blackburn man was denied a free-kick for a foul by the same player. The Ibrox faithful were then furious when Ian Black - already unpopular because of his tackle on Jelavic earlier in the season - escaped with a caution for a reckless challenge on Diouf as the game became more heated. Lafferty failed to claim his second of the match when he nodded just over from close-range from a Weiss free-kick as Rangers headed into the interval with a slim advantage. Black was withdrawn for Ryan Stevenson - who netted the winner the last time the sides met - as Hearts made their first change at the break. Rangers could have doubled their advantage shortly after the restart when Bougherra exchanged a one-two with Steven Davis only to see his volley blocked at the near post by Kello. Having already lost one player to injury, there was concern for the home side when Weiss went to ground clutching his ankle, but he was quickly able to return to the action. Weiss made way for Naismith with 20 minutes to go before Hearts threw Andy Driver and Gary Glen into the action as they chased a late leveller. Rangers had dominated most of the possession in the second half but struggled to break down a stubborn Hearts defence, with chances few and far between from both sides. With time fast running out, Thomson tried his luck with an ambitious effort from distance, but McGregor was never troubled. Rangers had the ball in the back of the net in the final minute when Davis followed up with the rebound after the goalkeeper had parried a Diouf shot, but the effort was disallowed for offside.

Form Guide

    WLWWLW
  • Rangers
  • VS
  • Hearts
  • WWWWLW

Last Meetings

  • Hearts
  • 1 - 0
  • Rangers
  • 22/01/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 02/10/2010
  • Rangers
  • 2 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 18/04/2010
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 4
  • Rangers
  • 27/03/2010
  • Rangers
  • 1 - 1
  • Hearts
  • 23/01/2010
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 23/08/2009

Top Scorers

Rangers

  • SJ Naismith 5
  • V Weiss 5
  • N Jelavic 3
  • S Davis 2
  • M Edu 2
  • S Papac 1
  • M Bougherra 1
  • K Lafferty 1

Hearts

  • R Skacel 8
  • D Templeton 7
  • S Elliott 4
  • C Elliot 4
  • R Stevenson 3
  • K Kyle 2
  • I Black 1

Goals

Rangers

    • Total goals 66
    • Goals per game 46
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Hearts

    • Total goals 57
    • Goals per game 37
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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