Sunday gives Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard the opportunity to take his new side into a cup final – at last.

Beating manager-less Hearts in the Betfred Cup semi-final at Hampden Park is all he has to do for it to happen.

Gerrard revealed that he was surprised at the timing of Craig Levein being sacked just days ahead of the build up week of a cup semi-final.

A fortnight ago against Hearts at Tynecastle the same teams ended up playing out a 1-1 draw, after an average looking Rangers failed to turn up at Edinburgh on form.

Hearts are an extremely physical team who, especially at Tynecastle Park, are always a difficult side to beat.

In fact, it is often more of a battle than a football match with their support so vociferous on most occasions.

Gerrard knows his Rangers side will have to start much better and set the correct tempo of the game, if the Gers are going to dominate the cup tie and win comfortably.

The manager is looking forward to taking his players to the national stadium this weekend, as he looks to reach his first cup final as a manager.

On a hugely disappointing day for Rangers last season, they were beaten at the semi-final stage by Aberdeen.

Gerrard and the Gers side will be hopeful of making amends this time round and setting up a final clash against age-old rivals Celtic with victory.


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