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Rangers players to are blame, not Ally McCoist, insists Jon Daly

Hearts 2 Rangers 0

Rangers striker Jon Daly insists the players must give Ally McCoist more after the manager bore the brunt of the fans' wrath during a 2-0 defeat by Hearts.

Hearts moved nine points clear in the Scottish Championship after Steven Smith's 21st-minute red card for a reckless challenge on Callum Paterson ultimately handed the hosts the advantage despite a powerful start to the game from Rangers.

Jason Holt capitalised on a fortunate ricochet to sweep a first-time effort into the corner of the net from 20 yards in the 56th minute and Jamie Walker added a late penalty to inflict Rangers' third defeat of the season.

Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd put in challenges that were arguably as bad as Smith's as Rangers lost their discipline in a match that yielded nine yellow cards.

McCoist was subjected to abuse from the visiting fans after replacing Lewis Macleod with Boyd in the 80th minute, although they were soon drowned out by more positive chants, which were mockingly repeated by the home supporters.

McCoist declared firm belief he could lead Rangers to the title after the game and the club's continuing financial difficulties are likely to make it difficult for the board to sack him even if they wanted to.

And Daly believes the players owe their manager more.

The Irishman, who started in place of Boyd, said: "The players have to take responsibility, once we cross that white line there is nothing the manager can do. It's up to us to get results and we need to look closer at home.

"The manager can't do anything about the sending-off, it's something you have to adapt to.

"It's up to the players to make sure we win games for him and at the moment we are not doing that."

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