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  • Date:03 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ibrox Stadium
  • Attendance:47,276
  • Davis (45)
  • Black (57)
    Hamill (78) Hamill (78)
Goal!

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93mins

Lee McCulloch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.

92mins

Scott Robinson decides to take the corner short.

90mins

Steven Davis is cautioned by the ref for dissent.

85mins

Unfair challenge on Lee Wallace by Jamie Hamill results in a free kick. Steven Davis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Daniel Grainger.

84mins

Ryan McGowan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Glen.

83mins

A cross is delivered by Steven Davis, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.

81mins

Lee McCulloch fouled by Marius Zaliukas, the ref awards a free kick. Lee McCulloch shown a yellow card. Rhys McCabe produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

77mins

Dorin Goian challenges Marius Zaliukas unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Dorin Goian receives a caution. Carlos Bocanegra is shown a yellow card. Penalty taken by Jamie Hamill saved by Allan McGregor. Rangers 1-1 Hearts.Jamie Hamill gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-2 Hearts.

76mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line.

74mins

Centre by Andrew Little, Jamie Hamill makes a clearance.

73mins

Mehdi Taouil comes on in place of Ian Black.

72mins

Dorin Goian concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Webster. Daniel Grainger restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

The ball is swung over by Salim Kerkar.

68mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Webster by Mervan Celik. Free kick taken by Andy Webster.

66mins

Salim Kerkar sends in a cross, save by Jamie MacDonald.

65mins

Mervan Celik comes on in place of Sone Aluko.

63mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Rhys McCabe played to the near post, Close range header by Dorin Goian goes over the crossbar.

63mins

Andrew Little takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.

62mins

Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save made by Jamie MacDonald.

59mins

Carlos Bocanegra concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Beattie. Andy Webster takes the direct free kick.

58mins

Goal scored by Ian Black from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-1 Hearts.Craig Beattie provided the assist for the goal.

56mins

Foul by Ross Perry on Daniel Grainger, free kick awarded. Ian Black crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Salim Kerkar.

51mins

Unfair challenge on Andrew Little by Andy Webster results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Rhys McCabe, Carlos Bocanegra has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

46mins

Steven Davis scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Hearts.Assist on the goal came from Andrew Little.

46mins

Craig Beattie on for Darren Barr.

42mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, save made by Jamie MacDonald.

42mins

Andrew Little takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.

38mins

Steven Davis fouled by Darren Barr, the ref awards a free kick. The referee books Darren Barr for unsporting behaviour. Carlos Bocanegra restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Andrew Little concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Grainger. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.

35mins

Lee Wallace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.

33mins

The ball is delivered by Andrew Driver.

28mins

Andrew Little delivers the ball.

25mins

Long distance effort from Daniel Grainger misses to the left of the goal.

24mins

Unfair challenge on Ian Black by Rhys McCabe results in a free kick. Ian Black takes the free kick.

22mins

Centre by Sone Aluko, clearance made by Andy Webster.

22mins

The ball is swung over by Salim Kerkar, Daniel Grainger manages to make a clearance.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Andrew Little, save made by Jamie MacDonald.

19mins

Darren Barr concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Wallace. Free kick crossed by Steven Davis, Jamie MacDonald makes a save.

16mins

Scott Robinson challenges Salim Kerkar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

16mins

Rhys McCabe produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 30 yards. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.

15mins

Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick.

15mins

Foul by Darren Barr on Salim Kerkar, free kick awarded. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

11mins

Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ian Black.

10mins

Ian Black gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko. Free kick crossed by Steven Davis.

9mins

Daniel Grainger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sone Aluko. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis.

8mins

Salim Kerkar fouled by Darren Barr, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.

6mins

Andrew Driver has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

5mins

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line.

4mins

The official flags Gary Glen offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dorin Goian.

Match Preview

Rangers' cost-cutting decisions delayed Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps have postponed any final decisions on redundancies until early next week. They had expected to complete a review of staffing levels and cost structure this week following a number of discussions with manager Ally McCoist. However, any announcements have been delayed for now as the administrators continue with their attempts to find savings of approximately #1million per month to ensure the ongoing viability of the club. The administrators are still hopeful of reaching a "consensual position", amid reports that McCoist and his players were presented with a number of options balanced between job losses and wage cuts. Paul Clark, joint administrator, said in a statement: "We appreciate this has been an extremely difficult week for all the staff of Rangers Football Club and the supporters. "As administrators, we had anticipated completing our review of staffing levels and cost structure of the Rangers business this week but the participation of a number of players in international fixtures did interrupt the process. "In short, the Rangers business is trading at a substantial loss and we have no alternative but to fill an approximate #4.5million shortfall by the end of the season. "It is therefore imperative that we find savings of approximately #1million per month to ensure the ongoing viability of the business. "As has been widely publicised, there have been a number of discussions this week in an effort to achieve the necessary cost reductions. "We are determined that all realistic options should be explored and today discussions have been ongoing with Ally McCoist who, in turn, has been speaking to his players and the PFA Scotland. "We would prefer to reach a consensual position but as the day has gone on and tomorrow's (Saturday) very important match against Hearts looms larger, it has been agreed that any final decisions have been postponed until early next week." Rangers will be without Maurice Edu and Sasa Papac for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Hearts. The pair are both suspended for the clash at Ibrox, while the Scottish champions are sweating over the fitness of Lee Wallace after he missed last week's win at Inverness with a knock. Kyle Bartley, Kyle Lafferty, Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith remain on the sidelines through injury. Midfielder Scott Robinson hopes Hearts can end their poor run of form by compounding Rangers' misery at Ibrox. Hearts have taken one point from their last five SPL matches - and that was from claiming a last-gasp draw at Kilmarnock - and have fallen to sixth place in the table with the split approaching quickly. "Any team can go through a good patch of form or a bad patch of form," Robinson said. "It's just whether you can come out the other side of that stronger and go on a good run after you've been on a bad run. "That's what we're trying to do now and hopefully we can do that, starting on Saturday." Aberdeen are four points behind Hearts in seventh place, with the split in four matches time. A top-six finish is manager Paulo Sergio's target this term and the players are desperate to secure at least that. Robinson added: "In January we were looking really strong - we thought we were going to push for third. "Now it's getting tougher and tougher, but we're doing our best every week to try to stay together and if we can get as many points as we can it would be great. "The squad's become smaller since January and there has been a couple of injuries. "We've just got to do our best, battle away and get every three points we can, even every point we can." Defenders Andy Webster and Marius Zaliukas are set to return for Hearts. Webster is available following suspension and captain Zaliukas should be fit despite going off during last week's loss to Dundee United with a knee injury, while midfielders Ian Black (ribs) and Adrian Mrowiec (knee) could return. Striker Craig Beattie could be in contention for his debut, but winger David Templeton (groin) remains out alongside goalkeeper Marian Kello, whose dispute with the board is ongoing, and long-term absentee Kevin Kyle (hip).

Formation:442Manager: Ally McCoist

Rangers

Formation: 4141Manager: Paulo Sergio

Hearts

  • Allan McGregor
  • Ross Perry
  • Dorin Goian
  • Carlos Bocanegra
  • Lee Wallace
  • Sone Aluko
  • Rhys McCabe
  • Steven Davis
  • Salim Kerkar
  • Lee McCulloch
  • Andrew Little
  • SUBS
  • Neil Alexander
  • David Healy
  • Alejandro Bedoya
  • Mervan Celik
  • Gregg Wylde
  • Kane Hemmings
  • Andrew Mitchell

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Match Report

Rangers broken by Hearts Hearts claimed a 2-1 victory over Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in what is likely to be the last time Ally McCoist's team plays together before the administrators' axe falls. The Scottish champions took the lead through skipper Steven Davis before Ian Black levelled and Jamie Hamill grabbed the winner from the penalty spot. Administrators Duff and Phelps are set to announce player redundancies early next week following several days of discussions with McCoist and PFA Scotland. Rangers made two changes from the side who defeated Inverness last week for the clash against Hearts. Maurice Edu was suspended and Kirk Broadfoot missed out with a knee injury, paving the way for Rhys McCabe to make his competitive debut, while Lee Wallace returned from injury to start against his former club. Hearts were boosted by the return of Andy Webster from suspension, while Andrew Driver, Gary Glen and Adrian Mrowiec also started at Ibrox. Rangers were boosted by another packed house after another difficult week off the park and they had the best of the chances in the opening spell. Dorin Goian tried his luck early on, after the ball broke to him from a Sone Aluko corner, but his effort was tame and easily smothered by goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald. McCabe then attempted to mark his senior team bow with a goal with a shot from distance that was also gathered by the goalkeeper. After those early opportunities, chances were few and far between for both sides. The only real incident of note was the first yellow card of the game issued by referee Crawford Allan to Darren Barr for a foul on Davis after 37 minutes. But Rangers could have grabbed the opener just before the break when Aluko's pass found Salim Kerkar and he squared for Andy Little only for MacDonald to just manage to tip wide from the striker. The breakthrough came on the half-time whistle when Davis met Little's cutback with a low strike into the back of the net. Craig Beattie was handed his Hearts debut when he was thrown into the action in place of Barr for the second half. Rangers then almost added to their lead when Carlos Bocanegra threw himself in front of McCabe's cross only to see his header flash wide. The American defender came to the rescue at the other end when he nodded a Scott Robinson header off the line. But the ball broke for Black to rifle into the back of the net from 20 yards to claim the equaliser after 58 minutes. Rangers tried to haul themselves back into the game and Lee McCulloch claimed he was fouled in the box but there was no penalty award from the referee. Allan did point to the spot at the other end when he ruled Goian fouled Webster and the Romanian was cautioned. The match official then appeared to flash his yellow card at both Bocanegra and Goian for dissent but without showing a subsequent red card. After the confusion, Hamill saw his initial attempt from the penalty spot blocked by Allan McGregor before firing home the rebound after 76 minutes to claim victory.

Form Guide

    WDWWLW
  • Rangers
  • VS
  • Hearts
  • WLLDLL

Last Meetings

  • Hearts
  • 0 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 23/10/2011
  • Rangers
  • 1 - 1
  • Hearts
  • 23/07/2011
  • Rangers
  • 4 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 07/05/2011
  • Rangers
  • 1 - 0
  • Hearts
  • 02/02/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 0
  • Rangers
  • 22/01/2011
  • Hearts
  • 1 - 2
  • Rangers
  • 02/10/2010

Top Scorers

Rangers

  • SJ Naismith 9
  • K Lafferty 6
  • S Davis 4
  • S Aluko 4
  • D Healy 3
  • M Edu 3
  • L McCulloch 2
  • C Bocanegra 2
  • G Wylde 2
  • L Wallace 1
  • S Kerkar 1
  • A Little 1

Hearts

  • R Skacel 8
  • A Webster 3
  • S Elliott 3
  • M Taouil 2
  • I Black 1
  • M Zaliukas 1
  • D Obua 1
  • D Templeton 1
  • R McGowan 1
  • A Novikovas 1
  • S Santana 1

Goals

Rangers

    • Total goals 72
    • Goals per game 55
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Hearts

    • Total goals 48
    • Goals per game 31
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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