Danilo, the substitute player, scored a last-minute goal to secure a 2-1 victory for Rangers against Hearts. This win allowed Rangers to narrow the distance between them and Celtic, who are currently leading the Premiership, to five points.
Celtic lost two points at Hibernian on Saturday, but Rangers’ chances of capitalizing decreased when Hearts’ captain, Lawrence Shankland, scored a spectacular header in the fifth minute, giving the visitors the lead.
The atmosphere at Ibrox was dampened when James Tavernier hit the post with a penalty just before halftime. The situation worsened when midfielder Nicolas Raskin was carried off the field on a stretcher after getting injured while shooting.
Towards the end of regular play, Philippe Clement’s team was given another penalty after a VAR review for a foul committed by Peter Haring on Connor Goldson. This time, Tavernier successfully kicked the ball into the goal. In extra time, Brazilian player Danilo, who had substituted Cyriel Dessers in the second half, headed in a goal for an unexpected victory.
Clement stated that he was pleased with the reaction from the team, emphasizing the importance of their resilience and determination in the face of adversity. He stressed the need to continue working together and building upon their current successes, regardless of any challenges that may arise in the world of football.
“Although there are still improvements to be made in many details, consistently displaying the right mindset and attitude in every action and reaction will make us a strong team. This was demonstrated not just by the starting 11 players, but by the entire squad, including those who came in and contributed their energy.”
Barry Robson, the manager of Aberdeen, accepted accountability for his team’s lackluster display in a 2-0 loss against Kilmarnock. Aberdeen was unable to generate any significant opportunities, while Kilmarnock scored two goals through Kyle Vassell and Marley Watkins, securing a well-deserved victory.
Robson admitted that he made a mistake by only making one change to the team that blew a two-goal advantage and ended up losing 3-2 to PAOK in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. He acknowledged that not rotating the team more was the main issue.
Derek McInnes, the manager of Kilmarnock, expressed his joy at his team’s first shutout in nine games. They were able to secure two consecutive wins in the league for the first time this season, which helped them move up to fourth place. McInnes stated, “It’s satisfying to have a strong performance followed by another one and to see us in our current position in the league.”
Steven MacLean, the manager of St Johnstone, has left the club as they currently sit at the bottom of the Premiership with only four points from nine games and no wins. The team suffered a 4-0 defeat against St Mirren on Saturday.