MICHAEL ADUBATO - Sunday, August 17, 2008
Rangers continued their pursuit of regaining the Scottish title as they picked up the three points in their home opener by beating Hearts of Midlothian by a pair of goals supplied by Kyle Lafferty and Kris Boyd.
DaMarcus Beasley came on for Lafferty just after the hour mark, giving the American a run-out before heading stateside to meet up with his national team colleagues for a CONCACAF World Cup qualifer against Guatamala.
Lafferty had the Gers ahead after 37 minutes. The move started with new boy Pedro Mendes' freekick. The ex-Portsmouth man's effort was cleared but only as far as Madjid Bougherra. The Algerian set up his Irish teammate inside the box and the Rangers' #27 made it count.
Hearts went down to ten men in the 73rd minute after Saulius Mikoliuna picked up his second yellow card of the game six minutes after his first one. The Lithuanian substitute only managed to remain on the field for a total eight minutes before his marching orders.
Rangers made the extra man count as they added another goal in stoppage time. Kenny Miller burst into the box and the only way Lee Wallace could stop him was to pull the Scottish international to the ground. Kris Boyd did the honors to put the game out of reach just before the final whistle.
The Glasgow team hits the road over the weekend to take on Aberdeen for an early Saturday afternoon clash.