Rangers have a massive, massive Hampden chance v Hearts

Rangers have a massive, massive Hampden chance v Hearts
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 21: Rangers Manager Philippe Clement during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at Ibrox Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

There is absolutely no question this is Rangers’ biggest real chance at the League Cup for the first time in eons. With no Celtic in the way, not that they are as feared as they previously were, nevertheless only Hearts and Aberdeen stand between Rangers and a priceless piece of cherished silverware.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

As much as we love Philippe Clement, respect the man and admire the project he’s starting in Govan, the one absolutely horrible performance from his team was barely even a week ago against the very side we face today, a Hearts who got the tactics right on the day and only Rangers’ pure graft earned the result.

So let’s not pretend that Dundee fixed everything – Clement is still new to the Premiership and its teams, and Hearts will be gasping for revenge in this one, given how close they came to at least a point at Ibrox.

Steven Naismith’s rant post-match showed just how badly he took the result, and how big a 3 points it was for Rangers and Clement, but it doesn’t change how important this fixture is.

Rangers have not won this trophy for 12 years, 2011, with the late great Walter taking us to the title against Celtic.

But… we can’t even think about that part yet.

The focus 100% is on getting to the final, on overcoming a Hearts side who will be champing at the bit to get revenge, so Philippe Clement and his Rangers must be completely at it to get the result.

Hearts made the Scottish Cup last year very difficult indeed for Rangers, and therefore they have history for this.

It will be far from a cakewalk, and Rangers will need to earn this.

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