Liam Boyce has declared himself fit for Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie between Hearts and Rangers.
The pair will meet again after a dramatic 2-1 Jambos league win over Rangers during late January. It was a memorable one for the Northern Irishman as he scored and assisted on his debut during victory over Steven Gerrard’s side.
It’s Scottish Cup quarter final time this weekend though. Hearts’ fixture against St Mirren was postponed last week and Boyce was given time off to recuperate from illness and a back problem ahead of this match.
He had been suffering with tonsillitis but is now fighting fit to try and cause Rangers more Gorgie misery. So far since arriving from Burton Albion last month, the Northern Irish international has played five Premiership matches, scoring twice.
Boyce is backing himself and his Hearts teammates to cause the Ibrox side more problems. He says he is ready to go after his illness and fitness issues, believing that the Jambos must replicate what got them a huge win over Rangers a month ago.
He told Hearts TV: “I’m brilliant now. I’m just getting back from having tonsillitis for a couple of days. It sort of went away cleanly. I had a sore back since the Falkirk game. At the penalty I flipped over and landed on my back and it aggravated something.
“If anything, the game being off on Friday, and the illness, gave me a couple of days off to let it settle down. I’ve been coming in and getting treatment and I feel good now. We need to go out with the same intensity and aggressiveness in the game on Saturday because it’s a one-off cup match and anything and happen.
“We need to put our stamp on the game and obviously try and win and get to the semi final. We can only do what we do and the fans do it and we feed off each other. If someone makes a crunching tackle in the first five minutes it gets them going.”