Two former Rangers stars were involved in an embarrassing League Cup exit on Saturday afternoon as Hearts were downed by plucky Alloa Athletic in extra-time at Indodrill Stadium.

Andy Halliday, who was released by Rangers during the summer, played 80 minutes of the game, while Steven Naismith, who won six major trophies at Ibrox between 2007 and 2012, came on as a substitute in the second half.

Alloa Athletic v Heart of Midlothian

Former Rangers player Steven Naismith was unable to make a sufficient impact for Hearts off the bench at Alloa. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hearts played Alloa in the Championship on Tuesday night and had a win sewn up by the 37th minute courtesy of goals from Michael Smith, Halliday and Peter Haring.

Yet, it was a different story in Alloa on Saturday afternoon, with Robbie Neilson’s side consistently thwarted by their resolute hosts.

With neither side able to find the net in the 90, the game went to extra time, and in the 109th minute, Alan Trouten cooly slotted home the winner from the penalty spot after Jamie Walker was adjudged to have fouled Robert Thomson in the area.


Given that Alloa have only collected one point from their opening five league matches this season and had never previously beaten Hearts in a competitive match, it’s a dreadful result for the Edinburgh club.

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Alloa Athletic v Heart of Midlothian

Halliday and Neilson both vented their frustration at the referee at full-time. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The win has secured Alloa a place in the League Cup quarter-finals with Dunfermline, Hibernian, Livingston, St Johnstone and St Mirren the other teams to have qualified so far.

Rangers will be hoping to join them in the final eight with a win over Falkirk on Sunday.

Ahead of the game, check out our Predicted XI.

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