Rangers youngster Andy Murdoch was without question one of the visitors’ best players at Tynecastle on Saturday - his link-up play with Dean Shiels and Nicky Law being the key to the Ibrox dominance of a game they should undoubtedly have won.
Andy could not help but be down-heartened by the final outcome of the game.
“The result was disappointing. We played well in the first-half and for most of the second - but it was disappointing to lose those two late goals.
“We were happy at the interval as we felt we had played well and had scored two good goals. We had pressed Hearts high up the pitch.”
There was praise from Murdoch for team-mate Darren McGregor.
“Darren has probably been our best player this season and definitely the most consistent. He has also chipped in with a few goals. It was also great to see Richard Foster back today - he had a hand in the second goal.”
Despite his tender years and relative inexperience the midfielder was focused on the immediate task in hand - next week’s first leg at Palmerston Park against Queen of the South.
“We just need to get our heads up and look forward to the play-offs. We need to take our first-half performance today into next week. There’s lots of quality in our squad. We’ll take one game at a time and hope to get a good result at Dumfries.”
Ibrox boss Stuart McCall meanwhile was anxious to extenuate the positives from Saturday.
“I thought both Darren McGregor and Andy Murdoch were both outstanding. There were other good performances but I think that Andy just keeps getting better and better and Darren played well in his true position.
“Our second goal was a tremendous counter-attack. It was no penalty - Cammy Bell clearly won the ball and fair play to the referee for not being influenced by the crowd.
“We gave a strong, committed and mature performance. I was pleased with the overall display but disappointed not to have won - however it would have been worse if Falkirk had beaten Hibernian.
“Richard Foster also came back from injury. It took him a while to settle into the game - but thereafter he created a really good second goal with a good cutback.
“Marius Zaliukas should have scored with a header at the back post to make it 3-0 - and it’s game over.
“Even at the death with the last kick of the game Ian Black - screwed one wide.”