Rangers dropped points in the early kick-off on Sunday afternoon, with a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle.
Despite their lowly position in the table, Hearts started the better of the two teams, getting the home crowd on their feet.
A mistake from the skipper, James Tavernier, after just five minutes, allowed Ryo Meshino to score the opener as the Gers once again started slowly on the road.
A route back into the game was found by Alfredo Morelos, though. He controlled a Nikola Katic flick-on and fired past Joel Pereira after 39 minutes as the visitors finished the first half strongly.
However, after the break, that momentum was lost somewhat.
Rangers huffed and puffed, applying pressure on occasion, but couldn’t find a second goal.
The result means Steven Gerrard’s men drop to second position, behind leaders Celtic on goal difference [BBC Sport].
Rangers player ratings vs Hearts
Allan McGregor – 6/10
Didn’t have a huge amount to do – was out of position for goal due to the saving previous attempt. Lost the plot with the referee over a goal kick and was booked.
James Tavernier – 4/10
Major error for the first goal where he was yet again guilty of failing to take the safety-first option. Seemed to shake him for the remainder of the first half where his passing and crossing was poor. Didn’t improve much in the second period and floated a last-minute set-piece into the ‘keepers arms. Bad display.
Connor Goldson – 6/10
Could have stepped in to take charge ahead of Tav to clear his lines ahead of the Hearts goal. Otherwise defended reasonably and dealt with Meshnino on the break. Offered a threat in the opposition box but no goal for the VC today.
Nikola Katic – 6/10
Caused a few problems by Ikpeazu during the first period, but generally solid enough. Got decent contact on a header for Morelos’ goal. Several nervy fouls in quick succession towards the end, leading to a booking.
Borna Barisic – 7/10
Looked largely comfortable, one very well-timed tackle after the hour mark. Didn’t have to deal with much at the back and tried his best to press forward, but without much joy. Not helped by Ojo’s lack of movement.
Glen Kamara – 6/10
Generally tidy in midfield but lacked invention when he ventured further forward – often just looked for the square pass to Tavernier. Solid but unspectacular.
Steven Davis – 8/10
Covered every blade of grass again and dictated for the Gers in the middle. Went close with a diving header and a difficult volley. Showed his full array of passing and was the best player on the pitch for most of the second half.
Joe Aribo – 7/10
Looked full of confidence and showed good composure on the ball in midfield, without making a telling contribution. Continues to look a great buy.
Scott Arfield – 5/10
The odd good touch in and around the area, but didn’t offer a great deal. Looked off the pace after the international break, and not for the first time this season. Subbed after 75 minutes.
Sheyi Ojo – 4/10
Entirely ineffective, failing to cause his full-back problems. Looked to get behind on occasion but flattered to deceive and often ground promising attacks to a halt. Subbed for Kent after an hour. Hard to see how he can continue to justify a starting berth with Kent back fit.
Alfredo Morelos – 7/10
Superb for the first hour, wreaking havoc amongst the Hearts defence. Showed great strength on multiple occasions in first half before being cynically taken out. Reacted and finished well for his goal. Didn’t have enough support in forward areas and grew gradually more frustrated. Booked for reacting to referee call and subbed late on for Defoe.
SUBS: Kent 6/10, Stewart N/A, Defoe N/A