Raith Rovers

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Christophe Berra rises to head the ball into the back of the net but the goal was disallowed. Picture: SNS.

Michael Smith hails teenage trio who rescued Hearts

It’s truly a desperate situation when a team requires the introduction of three teenagers to provide them with the required urgency and intensity to dig themselves out of an embarrassing position, but that’s where Hearts found themselves on Saturday afternoon as they trailed League One side Raith Rovers in what was considered a must-win game for the Tynecastle outfit.

Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring for Raith. Pic: SNS/Paul Devlin

Raith Rovers 1 - 1 Hearts (Hearts win 4-2 on pens)

With a possible points deduction hanging over their heads, another slip-up in the Betfred Cup was the last thing Hearts needed in their bid to make it out of the group stages and avoid another embarrassing exit from the competition.

Inverness coach John Robertson and Hearts manager Craig Levein will lock horns in a televised Betfred Cup tie. Picture: SNS

BT Sport reveals the five Betfred Cup games it will show live

Five Betfred Cup group games will be shown live on BT Sport, two of them involving Hearts.

The first game to be screened will be Kilmarnock v St Mirren on Friday 13 July. Next up is Raith Rovers v Hearts on 21 July, with the game taking place at East Fife’s Bayview due to work at Stark’s Park.

Dundee v Dunfermline on 22 July is also live, as is Clyde v Motherwell on 28 July and Hearts’ v Inverness Caledonian Thistle the following day.

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