Austin MacPhee has said Hearts won’t be judged on a 5-0 defeat to Rangers after they self-imploded at Ibrox
An Alfredo Morelos goal had them chasing the game before Ryan Kent’s strike just about put it out of reach. Christophe Berra’s own goal and two Greg Stewart efforts compiled the misery on the day.
MacPhee doesn’t believe his team will be judged for results like the one at Ibrox as the Jambos haven’t won at Ibrox since 2012.
“It was a difficult afternoon,” he told the Edinburgh Evening News. “We are disappointed in the first half in particular. Joel hasn’t had a save to make and we can defend the two goals better. It’s a very good header from Morelos. He drifted off Berra into an area where we aren’t too strong in the air.
“Young Jamie maybe commits too early. The second one, the cutback for Kent, we have to make sure we deal with men in the box. We got to the final third but lacked a little bit of quality when we got there.
“No manager is going to get judged on the result of a game here,” he said. “Hearts haven’t won at Ibrox in the league since 2012 so the expectations are different.”
Uncertainty continues to cloud Hearts
A 5-0 defeat to Rangers just piled the pressure on Hearts to appoint a new manager. The club are just under five weeks post-Levein and a new boss doesn’t seem any closer from the outside looking in.
They currently sit tenth in the Premiership, joint-bottom with St Johnstone and St Mirren. To register just two wins from 14 games isn’t good enough for such a big club like Hearts and fans deserve better.
Their next game is big as Livingston travel to Tynecastle. A win could take them to as high as seventh, or alternatively, dropped points could see them go bottom.
Something has to change in Gorgie and it has to happen soon before this season gets any worse.