Scottish Premiership: Hearts v Rangers -up

20/10/2019BBC Radio Scotland FM8,5398,539viewing this pageGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Thomas DuncanAll times stated are UKPosted at 11:2311:23’Vulnerable’ RangersHearts 1-0 RangersBilly DoddsFormer Scotland striker on SportsoundQuote Message: It’s a great finish from Meshino but…

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  1. ‘Vulnerable’ Rangers

    Hearts 1-0 Rangers

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: It’s a great finish from Meshino but the mistake to start with is incredible. Rangers’ defending is woeful, they’ve looked vulnerable.

    It’s a great finish from Meshino but the mistake to start with is incredible. Rangers’ defending is woeful, they’ve looked vulnerable.

  2. goal

    GOAL- Hearts 1-0 Rangers

    Ryotaro Meshino

    It’s been coming!

    What a finish this is by the Japanese midfielder. It starts with a long ball which is flicked on by Uche Ikpeazu which James Tavernier makes a total hash of clearing. Jake Mulraney pounces and when his shot is saved, Meshino lobs it into the net from just outside the box. What a start by Hearts!

  3. ‘Hearts are right at it’

    Hearts 0-0 Rangers

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Gerrard was wary of the start Hearts could make pre-match. Hearts are right at it here in the first couple of minutes.

    Gerrard was wary of the start Hearts could make pre-match. Hearts are right at it here in the first couple of minutes.

  4. Post update

    Hearts 0-0 Rangers

    If there’s a moment that illustrates how pumped up Hearts are for this one, then it’s Jake Mulraney clearing out the linesman as he desperately attempts to block a clearance! Steady!

  5. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Hearts 0-0 Rangers

    What a start by the hosts! Uche Ikpeazu’s header comes crashing off the crossbar after Sean Clare’s curling cross.

  6. KICK-OFF

    Hearts 0-0 Rangers

    There’s a boisterous atmosphere at Tynecastle – and we’re underway!

  7. Northern Ireland boss at Tynecastle

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    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

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    Image caption: Michael O’Neill is an interested spectator
  8. ‘Day for taking risks’

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    Neil McCann

    Former Scotland winger on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: I’m glad to hear Craig Levein say that it is a day for taking risks. It must be tempting to contain Rangers. But I’m not sure Hearts have enough to stop the Ibrox side

    I’m glad to hear Craig Levein say that it is a day for taking risks. It must be tempting to contain Rangers. But I’m not sure Hearts have enough to stop the Ibrox side

  9. Hearts ‘will make it difficult’

    Hearts v Rangers (12:15)

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: Rangers are going to have to be at their best to get the win. Hearts have not been on good form, but when the Old Firm come, they usually make it difficult

    Rangers are going to have to be at their best to get the win. Hearts have not been on good form, but when the Old Firm come, they usually make it difficult

  10. A reminder of how they’ll line up…

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    Hearts XI

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    Rangers XI

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  11. Rangers motivated to return to summit – Gerrard

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    The Rangers manager Steven Gerrard speaking to BT Sport: “[Going back top] has to be the motivation for the players. We have to to do our job here and remember what we’ve worked on all week with and without the ball. The good thing is the players know our system and how we want to play.

    “It’s quite hostile here and I’m sure Hearts will start the game well so we’ve got to be ready for that.”

  12. Levein banks on Ikpeazu and White

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    Hearts manager Craig Levein tells BT Sport: “We need to start winning and we need to be competitive and go toe-to-toe with Rangers and also need to hope that Rangers are a bit under par today.

    “We need to be up for it from the start to show the support that we can compete.

    “Uche Ikpeazu brings us raw power. I was hoping Peter Haring could come back after he training three times this week, but he felt a niggle and it was not worth the risk.

    “I’ve been easing Aidy White back into it after nearly two years out the game and I think he will give us something extra today.”

    Hearts manager Craig Levein and Rangers assistant Gary McAllister

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    Image caption: Craig Levein had a friendly hand shake with Rangers assistant Gary McAllister
  13. Defining period for Rangers?

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    It’s very early in the season, yes, but the next 23 days could be a defining period for Steven Gerrard and Rangers.

    Over the next three weeks, they face four Premiership fixtures, a Europa League double-header with Porto, and a League Cup semi-final against Hearts. BBC Scotland’s Stefan Bienkowski has been taking a look at what they need to do to come out of that period feeling good about themselves. Read here.

  14. Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland

    Coverage of the build-up to the game at Tynecastle has just started on BBC Radio Scotland.

    Liam McLeod provides the live commentary, with expert analysis from former Rangers striker Billy Dodds and former Hearts and Rangers winger Neil McCann.

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  15. Lots of love for Hickey

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    Following in the footsteps of Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney, Aaron Hickey is the latest Scottish left-back to be wooed by top English clubs.

    One newspaper this week suggested that Manchester City hope to sign the 17-year-old in January are loan him back to Hearts, while this morning it was suggested that Queens Park Rangers were considering a £1.5m offer.

    Aaron Hickey (left) at Tynecastle

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    Image caption: Aaron Hickey (left) has broken into the Hearts team this season
  16. Hearts struggle for spark

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    Hearts’ dramatic comeback win over rivals Hibernian last month was supposed to be a turning point for them after a painfully slow start to the season. They have since progressed to the semi-finals of the League Cup, but in the Premiership they have drawn with St Mirren and lost to Kilmarnock without scoring a single goal.

    A poor performance today and the pressure on manager Craig Levein will ramp up once more. Remember, the week before that Edinburgh derby win fans protested outside Tynecastle after a loss to Motherwell. Levein will know all too well similar scenes might not be far away if things don’t improve.

    Hearts have struggled this season, and lost to Kilmarnock before the international break

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    Image caption: Hearts have struggled this season, and lost to Kilmarnock before the international break
  17. Everything points to Rangers win

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    All the statistics suggest Rangers will win at Tynecastle.

    Steven Gerrard’s side are seeking a seventh consecutive league victory, while Hearts have yet to win after four home league games this season.

    Rangers have won their last seven games against Hearts – including their last three at Tynecastle.

    However, although Rangers have won all three of their away league games this season, they lost on their last trip out of Glasgow – to Young Boys in the Europa League.

    And Hearts will look to their own League Cup win at home to Aberdeen on penalties for a crumb of comfort.

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrard

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    Image caption: Steven Gerrard’s team usually get the better of Hearts
  18. Home woes ‘weighing heavily’ on Hearts

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    Once upon a time, Tynecastle was a bit of a fortress. Ask players who’ve played in Scotland their favourite away ground in terms of atmosphere and many will say it’s the one on Gorgie Road.

    But, in recent times, it’s been far from a fortress for Hearts. They’ve not won at home since March. That’s a run of seven games without a win. Can they turn their fortunes around today?

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    Video caption: Hearts’ run without home win ‘weighing heavily on everybody’ – Craig Levein
  19. Uche the saviour?

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    Striker Uche Ikpeazu’s goalscoring record at Hearts is far from prolific. However, he does have a habit of popping up with a goal when it matters most, as our man Stefan Bienkowski details here.

    Will he pop up again with a crucial goal this afternoon?

    Uchie Ikpeazu

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    Image caption: Ikpeazu has two goals and two assists in 11 appearances this season
  20. Jermain H foe

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    Jermain Defoe finds himself back on Rangers’ bench, but he could yet have a say in the outcome of the game considering he has a thing against teams starting with an H.

    His two hat-trick this season have come against Hibernian and Hamilton Academical and, while playing in England and Scotland, the on-loan Bournemouth man has scored 15 goals in his 11 starts against teams beginning with H. Three of them were hat-tricks and he has scored at least once in his last eight such starts in a row.

    The former England striker has certainly belied his 37 years this season – scoring nine goals in just seven league appearances. That’s an average of one goal every 39 minutes and one more than he managed in 21 league matches in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership combined last season.

    Jermain Defoe celebrates against Hamilton

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    Image caption: Jermain Defoe has been on the ball this season

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