Hearts were more than worthy winners against Rangers during a stunning Tynecastle performance according to Jambos manager Daniel Stendel.
The Jambos prevailed over Rangers in Scottish Cup quarter final action, beating Steven Gerrard’s side 1-0. Oliver Bozanic’s second half strike secured their place in the last four of the competition and perhaps provides a major confidence boost.
It was just what his side deserved according to Stendel. The German was happy that Hearts were able to come out on top against one of the SPFL’s top sides once again.
“I’m happy to have kept a clean sheet today against one of the best teams in the league,” Stendel told Hearts’ website. “It wasn’t easy, John Souttar went off injured but Clevid Dikamona came on and did well.
“It was a real team performance today and this is the way to do it. Yes, we were fighting hard but we also had good moments in possession and we had a clear plan for what we wanted to do and we did it.
“I think today we were even more deserving winners than when we beat them in the league.”
Hearts topple Rangers again
This was another great result in Gorgie for Hearts against Rangers this term. First off it was a 1-1 draw, then in January they shocked the Ibrox side with a 2-1 win in Premiership action.
They haven’t won since that great result so some questioned whether the Jambos could pull another fine result off. Stendel’s men proved that they can raise their game to compete with teams such as Rangers.
Five wins have been registered by Hearts in their last 25 matches- and two of those victories have been against the Gers. Similar performances against fellow Premiership sides will be key to their bid to get off the league’s bottom spot.
They’ll enjoy this victory though before a huge derby with Hibs on Tuesday.