Tottenham showed no signs of complacency in their first competitive match of the season as they beat Hearts 5-0 in their Europa League play-off first leg.

Rafael van der Vaart put Spurs ahead in the fifth minute, before Jermain Defoe and Jake Livermore gave the visitors a 3-0 lead inside the opening half hour. The second-half brought further strikes from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon as Harry Redknapp's side showed few signs of rustiness after their first Premier League match against Everton was cancelled because of riots in north London.

Redknapp refused to criticise the standard of Scottish football but admitted Hearts, and by extension Scottish football as a whole, would always struggle in comparison to the resources available to Premier League sides.

"I don't want to be disrespectful to Scottish football, but there is obviously a big gulf. It's plain for anybody to see," he told the Press Association.

"It is a different level now, for sure - it's pretty obvious. Resources are completely different. I've seen some good games, but there's a difference - you look at the money the players earn in the Premier League and the money that's paid in transfers, there's got to be a gulf.

"Listen, we had a good day. We could come here again and it could be different. First half we played ever so well and it was difficult for them."