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Neilson cites Rangers' strength in depth as areas for Hearts to improve

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson will set about adding to his squad after highlighting Rangers’ strength in depth as the key to his side’s Scottish Cup final defeat.

There was little in a tight opening 45 minutes at Hampden but Rangers got a grip on the game and were pushing for a winner before substitutes Ryan Jack and Scott Wright scored early on in extra time.

Neilson was able to bring on Andy Halliday, Josh Ginnelly, Gary Mackay-Steven and Aaron McEneff but he felt Rangers’ ability to freshen up their team was the key to their dominance.

“I would probably put it down to the quality of player that’s coming on to the pitch,” he said.

“A lot has been made of Wednesday night’s exploits but when you actually look at the team that went out, four or five of them actually played in it. So they have got that freshness.

“We knew coming into the game it was going to be very difficult.

“Rangers can then make the changes and the two guys they bring on scored the goals.

“That’s what we need to get to, we need to get to a stage where players we are bringing on are really influencing the game.”

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