Greenock Morton 0-0 Hearts
Newly crowned league champions Hearts turned out another dull away performance as they drew 0-0 with a battling Greenock Morton side tussling with the relegation play-off spot.
Robbie Neilson kept with the same line-up that blew away part-timers Alloa with an impressive, high-energy performance that saw them run out 6-0 winners. Unfortunately, the same pace and purpose was lacking with the visitors struggling to really fashion any opportunities during the 90 minutes in a worrying return for the Hearts gaffer.
Morton provided the customary guard of honour as the Jambos took to the field for live televised clash in their first game since becoming champions. Gus MacPherson’s side were the ones who looked brightest however and took only a minute to threaten Craig Gordon’s goal when Kalvin Orsi smashed an effort off the post.
A bobbly and sticky pitch prevented much flow and craft but the calibre of Hearts’ play and personal performances will surely be a cause for concern for Neilson as he seeks to finish the season with a flourish given a turbulent campaign.
Morton continued to threaten more than the men in maroon but clear chances were few and far between for both sides in a clash that wont live long in the memory.
Hearts conclude their home league campaign this weekend when they welcome Neil McCann’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Tynecastle before wrapping up the season with a visit to Kirkcaldy to face Raith Rovers the following Friday in front of the BBC cameras.
Saturday the JTs will be presented with the Championship title with growing supporter clamour to leave the trophy on the stand in protest at the club’s treatment at the hands of the SPFL that saw them demoted as a result of the early close to last season.
An afternoon of drama and intrigue is expected down Gorgie way.