Craig Levein says that his Hearts side will likely receive a confidence boost following their draw with Rangers.

Ryotaro Meshino opened the scoring with a fantastic lob before Alfredo Morelos pegged the Jambos back. The match finished 1-1 with the result lifting Hearts out of the relegation play-off spot.

Meshino fired the opener in. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Levein has reflected on the result. He told BT Sport 1 (20/10/19, 14:20): “To lose a goal from a set piece in a game where we gave Rangers very few opportunities to score was really disappointing.

“The pleasing thing for me is we made one mistake. In previous matches we’ve made more than that and it’s cost us ourselves all the points. So maybe today is a step in the right direction.


“This will give the players confidence I’m sure.”

Hearts were well worth a point against Rangers

Levein set out his stall early on against Rangers as his Hearts players aggressively pressed high up the park. It startled Rangers a bit and it allowed the Jambos to take an early lead.

Hearts pressed Rangers all over the park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hearts can’t really afford to drop points against anyone right now, but this is decent point. In a game where they were widely expected to take nothing, Levein’s men showed fight and determination for their boss.

This type of display must continue now. Hearts travel to Livingston next, a ground they were thumped 5-0 at the last time they visited. A win there and things may start to look a little brighter around Gorgie.

For now though, Levein will be content with a point against his Govan opponents.

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