Daniel Stendel has sent a rally cry to his players ahead of a big Scottish Cup quarter final with Rangers.
Hearts will face Rangers at Tynecastle this afternoon for a place in the competition’s last four. Whilst form hasn’t been kind to them in the league this season, their last Premiership win did come against Steven Gerrard’s men.
It was a comeback victory after Ryan Kent had initially fired the Ibrox side into a second half lead. Steven Naismith hit back for Stendel before Liam Boyce capped off a memorable debut with a winner.
This may be a welcome break from Premiership action. After St Mirren’s win over Motherwell during the week, Hearts now find themselves stranded, six points away from safety as the split looms.
Another shock over Rangers would no doubt give them a boost heading into a crucial stage of the season. Stendel is calling for Hearts to put on a similar display to the one they put on in January as the German aims to defy the odds again.
“It’s another game. Rangers will be more focused for this game,” Stendel told Hearts TV. “The cup is, every time, a good chance for everyone to win a title.
“For us it’s important that we know we can win, that we play at Tynecastle and that we have the support that we need against Rangers. In our situation every game is important. We want to try to win this game on Saturday.
“Rangers are one of the biggest teams but we beat them three weeks ago, and why not again?”