By Aramide Oladipo
Rangers limped to a unimpressive 2-1 win over Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon in the Scottish Premiership.
The win saw Rangers close the gap on second-placed Aberdeen to six points with two league matches still to play.
Joe Garner got the hosts off to the perfect start as he opened the scoring in the opening ten minutes and Hearts were down to 10 men before the break as Prince Buaben was sent off for a professional foul.
The visitors scored an equaliser through Esmael Goncalves after the break before Barrie McKay scored the winner following a poor goalkeeping mistake from Hearts goalkeeper Viktor Noring.
Here, Football Insider takes a look at three things that we learned from this Rangers victory.
Clint Hill is Rangers’ best defender
The 38-year old came back into the starting lineup having been left on the bench in the 2-1 win over Partick Thistle last weekend. Although he picked up an early yellow card, he barely put a foot wrong throughout the entire 90 minutes. Hearts seemed to play better with 10 men on the pitch and they really pressed Rangers in the opening 20 minutes of the second half and Hill was the one marshalling the defence and getting his head or his body in front of anything that came his way. He was named the official man of the match at the game and Rangers must take a hard look at themselves given the fact that a 38-year is the best player on the park.
Outplayed with a man advantage
Having opened the scoring in the opening six minutes of the game thanks to a sublime team goal which was finished off by a wonderful header by Joe Garner, Rangers looked like they would run away with the game. When Hearts defender Prince Buaben was sent off before the half-hour mark, it was a great opportunity for the home side to kick on and get some goals. Instead, they failed to make the man advantage count and arguably looked like the team with 10 men, especially in the second half. Rangers lost complete control in the midfield for the majority of the second half and Hearts were unfortunate not to snatch a point. The final whistle was greeted with relief when it really should have been greeted with cheers and confidence going into the end of the season.
Lots of work to be done in the transfer window
New manager Pedro Caixinha has some serious work to do once the summer transfer window opens. The players that entered the fray in the second half didn’t make much of an impact and it was the mistakes of the Hearts players that really allowed Rangers to leave with all three points. The best players in a Rangers shirt this afternoon were two men above the age of 36, Kenny Miller and Clint Hill, as the youngsters failed to deliver in what was an ideal game in front of their home support. The Portuguese boss will need to sit down with the board and seriously consider bringing in some fresh faces into the squad because Rangers are a long way from where they need to be.
In other Rangers news, see how the Rangers players rated during their victory over Hearts.