Hearts drew with Rangers 1-1 at Tynecastle following a spirited performance from Craig Levein’s side.
Ryotaro Meshino got the scoring underway with a lovely lob after six minutes before Alfredo Morelos leveled things before half time.
Whilst the odds were stacked against them from the off, with injuries ravaging the Jambos, Levein’s men did enough to quell the Rangers attack and gain a point.
It means that the wait for a first win at Tynecastle in the league since March goes on though. Here are three things we learned.
Haring still missing
In the days leading up to this clash, Levein said that influential midfielder Peter Haring was ‘on target’ for a return against Rangers (Edinburgh Evening News).
The Austrian wasn’t even on the bench though as fans eagerly await his return to action. He hasn’t featured this season as he battles back from a recurring pelvis issue.
Hearts missed him against Rangers, with the midfield doing their best to halt Rangers without their main enforcer.
In big games like this, the Jambos really need the influence of their Austrian battler, although Haring’s absence was lessened by an impressive performance from Glenn Whelan.
First half tempo must be replicated
Hearts started this game excellently by playing at a high tempo. It had Rangers rattled early on as Craig Levein had his men pressing high up the park.
It lead to Uche Ikpeazu hitting the bar before Meshino got the opener. The Jambos looked really threatening playing like this and it managed to get the supporters behind them.
Playing like that, Hearts will blow teams away. They couldn’t keep up this fast tempo for the whole game as it seemed to sap them of energy. If Levein can find a way to sustain and replicate this aggressive approach though, it may be the way he aims to play every game.
Glass half full or half empty?
There are a couple of ways to look at this result. If you look at it in a positive light, you could say this is a point gained in a match where Hearts were widely expected to lose.
Alternatively though you could look at it as another game without a win at home for Hearts. The result leaves them tenth on goal difference with just one win in nine games.
Ultimately Hearts deserve credit for their Rangers performance and for gaining a good point but it is another game where they have dropped points, at a time where they really can’t afford to.