After drawing with Rangers 1-1 at Tynecastle, Christophe Berra has sent Hearts’ League Cup semi-final opponents a message ahead of the game.
Ryotaro Meshino had Hearts in front before Alfredo Morelos leveled things for the away side. The draw lifted the Jambos out of the relegation play-off spot.
Berra is adamant that Hearts will go toe to toe with Rangers once more next month.
He told the Scottish Sun: “It showed we aren’t going to just turn up and be turned over. Hampden is a different game, it’s a bigger pitch and a completely different scenario.
“We will need the same kind of performance, but even better at Hampden.
“It’s two or three games away and first we need to start winning games and get ourselves up that league.”
Hearts can match Rangers on weekend evidence
The Hearts captain himself deserves plaudits for his Rangers display. For most the match, Morelos was silenced by the veteran who never let him out of his sight.
Hearts played to a level which they haven’t reached in months against Rangers. Play like that against them at Hampden on November 3 and they’ll cause real problems.
Their aggressive high tempo startled Rangers and it allowed Hearts to take a foothold of the first 30 minutes. They started to tire a bit though, so perhaps maintaining that for a whole 90 is something they’ll work on.
Berra’s side certainly showed they’ll be no mugs when they next face Rangers, no matter what the league table may suggest about their form.