Three key points from Hearts 1-0 Rangers

Hearts striker Steven Naismith and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard at half-time during Saturday's Scottish Cup tie at TynecastleHearts striker Steven Naismith and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard at half-time during Saturday's Scottish Cup tie at Tynecastle
Hearts striker Steven Naismith and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard at half-time during Saturday's Scottish Cup tie at Tynecastle | Other 3rd Party
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Oliver Bozanic a hero from nowhere

The Australian hadn’t started any of Hearts’ previous six matches having fallen out of favour under manager Daniel Stendel. However, he emerged to score the decisive goal in this tie after 58 minutes. Lewis Moore seized on a wayward header from Rangers captain James Tavernier and rounded goalkeeper Allan McGregor. The winger’s low cutback was confidently dispatched by Bozanic, who ran of to take the acclaim for breaking the deadlock and sending Tynecastle Park wild with delight. As a result, he is now a difficult man for Hearts to leave out of Tuesday night’s Edinburgh derby against Hibs.

John Souttar injury

The moment the Scotland defender collapsed on the Tynecastle turf would have sent shivers down the spines of all connected with Hearts. He looked in serious pain right away and, when an honest player such as Souttar is covering his face on the ground, you know it is not good news. He and his club will keep their fingers crossed for a diagnosis which is better than first feared but the initial signs do not look good. Souttar would have remained integral to hopes of avoiding relegation between now and May. He would also have been a contender for a place in the Scotland squad to pay Israel, but that now looks unlikely.

Never a dull moment

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All sorts of controversy raged around referee Steven McLean and he managed to miss much of it. George Edmundson’s shirt pull on Steven Naismith early on inside the Rangers penalty area could easily have resulted in a Hearts penalty. At the opposite end, Loic Damour’s body-check on Ryan Kent was also the sort of challenge which frequently results in a spot-kick. Then came the drama seconds from half-time. Edmundson’s clear handball inside the visitors’ penalty box went unpunished and, from the resultant corner, Damour’s fingertips diverted the ball into the net past the Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor. McLean let Edmundson’s offence go but saw Damour’s and awarded a foul.