Hearts player ratings: Impressive duo score 9/10 and another two land 8/10 despite defeat by Rangers
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Robbie Neilson made two changes following Sunday’s 3-2 win over Motherwell, with Barrie McKay dropped to the bench and midfielder Jorge Grant missing through suspension. Australian World Cup pair Nathaniel Atkinson and Kye Rowles came in, the centre-back starting for he first time since his metatarsal injury in August.
Neilson set up his team in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Rowles lining up along with Toby Sibbick at centre-back. Atkinson and Andy Halliday provided the width, with Lawrence Shankland in a No10 role behind Josh Ginnelly as the advanced striker playing on the last man and trying to run in behind on the counter-attack.
GK – CRAIG GORDON 7/10
Steady performance from the skipper, who wasn’t tested too much despite all of Rangers’ possession. Made saves that he would expect to make.
DR – MICHAEL SMITH 6
Involved in an intriguing tussle with Ryan Kent. Stood up to the test well in the first half but the Rangers winger won the second-half battle.
DRC – TOBY SIBBICK 9
What a transformation. Confident, strong and alert, the Englishman defended with real authority and showed composure in possession.
DLC – KYE ROWLES 9
First start since August, but the Australian played like he had never been away. Excellent performance and did well to last the full 90 minutes.
DL – ALEX COCHRANE 7
Back in his best position, the Englishman delivered another solid, steady display in what has been a stellar season of consistency.
RM – NATHANIEL ATKINSON 6
Doubled up on Kent to give Smith a hand defensively but not really able to offer much going forward and replaced when Rangers went in front.
MC – CAMMY DEVLIN 6
Hesitant in possession a couple of times, but Australian combined well with Snodgrass and ran himself into the ground in the middle of the park.
MC – ROBERT SNODGRASS 8
Brave on the ball and brought real composure to the team. Early through-ball to put Ginnelly in behind nearly gave Hearts a golden start.
LC – ANDY HALLIDAY 7
Another game, another position for the reliable utility man. Booked for a tackle on Matondo despite making no contact with the Rangers player.
FW – LAWRENCE SHANKLAND 8
Put in a huge shift for his team in a more withdrawn role than he is used to, dropping off to stiffen up the midfield. Didn’t get a chance to score.
ST – JOSH GINNELLY 7
The out-ball, playing on the last man and threatening in behind with his pace. Drilled cross after half time created Hearts’ the only chance.
SUB – BARRIE MCKAY 6
For Halliday 55mins. Had some neat touches but couldn’t carve out the opportunity Hearts needed.
SUB – ALAN FORREST 6
For Atkinson 67mins. Injected some pace and energy but unable to come up with real quality.
SUB – EUAN HENDERSON 6
For Ginnelly 77mins. Ballooned a half-chance well over the bar in injury time.
SUB – ORESTIS KIOMOURTZOGLOU 6
For Devlin 77mins. Tenth appearance for club for the German.