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PREMIERSHIP REWIND 2: LEVEIN ‘PLEASED’ AND ‘A LITTLE IRRITATED’ 

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CRAIG LEVEIN watched his Hearts side stop the rot against Rangers with a 1-1 draw against Steven Gerrard’s visitors at Tynecastle yesterday.

The Edinburgh side lost all four league games to the Ibrox men in the previous campaign and Gers were undefeated in their last eight meetings between the clubs going into the latest confrontation. That sequence included seven wins for the Glasgow outfit.

The Jambos boss, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I’m pleased, although a little irritated about the way we lost the goal at a set-piece.

“However, the commitment, effort and competitive edge was there. It was very apparent we needed that. The test is now to find that every single week.

“There’s no point doing it today then not doing ourselves justice next week.”

JAPANESE’S JAMBOS JOY…Ryotaro Meschino celebrates with Sean Clare after his goal.

Colombian international hitman Alfredo Morelos grabbed his 15th goal of the campaign to wipe out Japanese striker Ryotaro Meshino’s early opener for the home side.

Levein’s side are still without a win on home soil since their 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in April and skipper Christophe Berra insists Hearts must use their display against Rangers as a benchmark for the rest of the campaign.

The Scotland international defender reckons the deadlock can become a turning point after moving above Hibs on goal difference to 10th in the table.

He added: “We are happy with the result and we will take positives from it, but we need to prove ourselves against the so-called ‘lesser’ teams.

“When they come here and sit in and make themselves hard to break down before hitting us in the counter-attack, that’s where we’ve struggled over the last six to 12 months.
“There’s not going to be a tougher game than against Livingston next time out.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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