Hearts 0-1 Rangers: Sima winner extends Clement’s unbeaten start to 11 games

After an eight-game drought, Rangers forward Abdallah Sima has scored three goals in his last two games

Abdallah Sima’s 12th Rangers goal ensured manager Philippe Clement’s unbeaten start stretched to 11 games with a Scottish Premiership victory at Hearts.

Fresh off scoring a double against St Mirren on Sunday, the on-loan Brighton striker raced on to a defence-splitting James Tavernier pass and finished past home goalkeeper Zander Clark.

Prior to that opener, Rangers offered Hearts hope with some slack play as Lawrence Shankland forced Jack Butland into a fine near-post stop before Alex Cochrane’s rebound was somehow blocked on the line by captain Tavernier.

But Clement’s side improved after their goal and could have gone into the break two up when Danilo, who had an earlier finish ruled out for offside, was denied just yards out by the boot of Clark at close range.

A 10th win in 11 meetings against Hearts, who remain third, means Rangers stay eight points behind leaders Celtic with a game to spare.

Rangers ought to have killed the game by the 70th minute, but Danilo could only hit Kyosuke Tagawa on the line after Clark inexplicably spilled before Ridvan Yilmaz flashed two efforts off target either side of a close-range Connor Goldson header.

Kenneth Vargas could have made the wasteful visitors pay for their profligacy, but Butland emphasised his importance to the Ibrox side with another top save to his left.

Player of the match – Jack Butland (Rangers)

Jack Butland saves from Kenneth Vargas
Arguably Rangers’ player of the season so far, the former England keeper bailed out a wasteful attack with vital stops at vital times

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 3-5-2

  • 28Clark
  • 3KingsleySubstituted forMcKayat 85′minutes
  • 2Kent
  • 15Rowles
  • 13AtkinsonSubstituted forVargasat 45′minutesBooked at 51mins
  • 8Nieuwenhof
  • 6Baningime
  • 7GrantSubstituted forOdaat 45′minutes
  • 19CochraneBooked at 62mins
  • 9Shankland
  • 30TagawaSubstituted forForrestat 65′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 4Halkett
  • 5Haring
  • 11Oda
  • 17Forrest
  • 18McKay
  • 21Sibbick
  • 22Denholm
  • 77Vargas

Rangers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 27Balogun
  • 3YilmazBooked at 69minsSubstituted forSterlingat 71′minutes
  • 4Lundstram
  • 11LawrenceSubstituted forCifuentesat 19′minutes
  • 45McCausland
  • 13CantwellSubstituted forLammersat 88′minutes
  • 19Sima
  • 99Pereira da SilvaSubstituted forRoofeat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Souttar
  • 9Dessers
  • 14Lammers
  • 15Cifuentes
  • 17Matondo
  • 21Sterling
  • 25Roofe
  • 26Davies
  • 28McCrorie

Referee:
William Collum

Attendance:
17,759

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Heart of Midlothian

  1. Squad number28Player nameClark

  2. Squad number3Player nameKingsley

  3. Squad number2Player nameKent

  4. Squad number15Player nameRowles

  5. Squad number13Player nameAtkinson

  6. Squad number8Player nameNieuwenhof

  7. Squad number6Player nameBaningime

  8. Squad number7Player nameGrant

  9. Squad number19Player nameCochrane

  10. Squad number9Player nameShankland

  11. Squad number30Player nameTagawa

  1. Squad number11Player nameOda

  2. Squad number17Player nameForrest

  3. Squad number18Player nameMcKay

  4. Squad number77Player nameVargas

Rangers

  1. Squad number1Player nameButland

  2. Squad number2Player nameTavernier

  3. Squad number6Player nameGoldson

  4. Squad number27Player nameBalogun

  5. Squad number3Player nameYilmaz

  6. Squad number4Player nameLundstram

  7. Squad number11Player nameLawrence

  8. Squad number45Player nameMcCausland

  9. Squad number13Player nameCantwell

  10. Squad number19Player nameSima

  11. Squad number99Player nameDanilo

  1. Squad number14Player nameLammers

  2. Squad number15Player nameCifuentes

  3. Squad number21Player nameSterling

  4. Squad number25Player nameRoofe

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