Injury time winner gives Hearts victory against Rangers

Hearts Osman Sow celebrates his goal with Morgaro Gomis
Hearts Osman Sow celebrates his goal with Morgaro Gomis


Hearts won the opening day battle of the Championship heavyweights with a deserved 2-1 victory over Rangers at Ibrox, although it took an injury-time winner from summer signing Osman Sow to clinch the points

Former Light Blues’ Rangers defender Danny Wilson opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with a header from a Billy King corner and the visitors were good value for their lead for most of the second half.

When Gers midfielder Nicky Law levelled near the end of the regulation time it looked like the Govan side would nick a point but the Gorgie side ran up the park and Swedish striker Sow grabbed a dramatic winner with a drive past Cammy Bell.

Gers skipper Lee McCulloch had unfurled the First Division title flag before kick-off but on this display anyone who believes he is sure to be doing something similar in 12 months’ time will have to think again.

And on this performance, the Tynecastle side will fancy their chances of going straight up to the Premiership as champions.

Winger David Templeton came in for defender Darren McGregor, the only change to the Rangers side which once again under-performed.

Hearts had former Gers keeper Neil Alexander in goal with other summer signings, defender Alim Ozturk, midfielders Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben, and Sow, also in the side.

After the flag celebration the Govan Stand had officially been renamed the Sandy Jardine Stand in memory of the former Scotland player who had served both clubs with distinction, before passing away in April with a long battle with cancer.