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Rangers team news: no fresh injury concerns as striker could feature

Rangers team news ahead of Scottish Cup quarter final against Hearts.

Rangers face a trip to Tynecastle on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Hearts in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup.

Steven Gerrard has reported that there are no fresh injury concerns, as reported by the Daily Record, with Gers looking to make the last four of the competition.

The Rangers boss is delighted that his side pulled through their European heroics in midweek without any injuries, and he could welcome back Jermain Defoe for the trip to Hearts.

The Gers forward has been out since the end of January with a calf injury, but has been included in the provisional squad.

Defoe has 17 goals in 30 appearances this season and his inclusion could be the difference, with Alfredo Morelos also back from suspension.

One player that will definitely not feature is Florian Kamberi, as he is cup tied having played in the competition with Hibs earlier this season.

Rangers have come unstuck on their last two visits to Tynecastle, drawing 1-1 before the New Year before falling to a 2-1 defeat to Hearts at the end of January.

That defeat looks to have derailed Gerrard’s chances of claiming the Scottish Premiership title, with Gers currently 12 points off the pace.

With that taken into consideration, Saturday presents Rangers with their best opportunity of ending a nine-year wait for a major trophy.

Gers are still in the Europa League following their heroics away to Braga, booking a tricky last 16 tie with Bayern Leverkusen, however winning that competition would take a huge effort between now and the end of the season.

Domestically, Gerrard’s side have performed well all campaign, as they have progressed in Europe and also made the final of the Scottish League Cup.

If they are to make the last four of the Scottish Cup, Rangers will need to put their fear of Tynecastle behind them and take inspiration from their performance in Portugal during midweek.

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