Gerrard rues poor first-half show by Gers
frustrated Steven Gerrard admitted his Rangers side did not play well enough to beat Hearts after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Tynecastle.
The Light Blues were off the pace in a frantic opening 15 minutes which threatened to take the game away from them, as Hearts hit the bar before Ryotaro Meshino drew first blood in the sixth minute.
Rangers grew into the game as the first half wore on and found an equaliser in the 39th minute as Alfredo Morelos tucked the ball home at the far post.
The visitors had chances in an open second half but could produce the three points that would have taken them back to the top of the league table at Celtic’s expense.
Gerrard said: “I certainly see it as two points dropped right now.
“I thought we were poor in the opening exchanges and lucky not to be 2-0 down.
“They’ve had a fantastic header that’s hit the bar but we need to be doing better to stop the cross.
“And then we go a goal behind and I think Hearts deserve that. It’s an individual error again that has cost us.
“Overall, even going forward, today we just weren’t at it.”
There were some positives as Gers winger Ryan Kent came off the bench for his first appearance since limping off against Livingston with a hamstring injury last month.
But Gerrard wanted more from his “game-changers”, saying: “I can’t remember their keeper having to make a save, I can’t remember us looking very dangerous.
“I’m expecting more from my gamechangers because over the course of the 90 minutes we never did enough to win.”
A pleased Hearts boss Craig Levein said: “I was a little bit irritated about the way we lost the goal at a set-piece but the commitment, the effort, the competitive edge was there and was very apparent.
“The test for us now is to find that every single week.”
The hosts had to bring off Aidy White (head) and Jake Mulraney (ankle) in the second half and Levein said White would go through the concussion procedure to rule out that possibility, while Mulraney will have an X-ray to determine the extent of his injury.
Striking: Hearts midfielder Ryotaro Meshino, left, celebrates his opening goal with Uche Ikpeazu