First Team

Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Rangers

Sunday 2nd December 2018, KO 12:00 | Ladbrokes Premiership | Tynecastle Park

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Team News

A late decision will be made over the fitness of club captain Christophe Berra as he bids to return early from a torn hamstring.

The centre-half made a midweek appearance in a friendly against Linlithgow Rose, playing 45 minutes of the 2-0 win at Prestonfield.

Jamie Brandon (knee) is back in training, but John Souttar (hip), Steven Naismith (knee), and Uche Ikpeazu (foot) continue to miss out.

For Rangers, Graham Dorrans, Jamie Murphy (both knee) and Ryan Kent (hamstring) will definitely miss the trip to Tynecastle.

Borna Barisic (calf) is a doubt for Steven Gerrard's men after missing Thursday's visit of Villarreal. 

Form

Hearts are on a poor run at the moment, having failed to win or score in five games.

Last Saturday saw the Jambos visit Paisley where they lost 2-0. They again saw a goal chalked off, this time Arnaud Djoum was the man who had his name rubbed off the scoresheet.

Rangers have had slightly mixed fortunes of late. Their last three league fixtures were a 3-0 win over Livingston, a 7-1 mauling over Motherwell, and a 2-0 victory over St Mirren

In Europe, they suffered 4-3 loss to Spartak Moscow in Russia, after being dumped out of the Betfred Cup by Aberdeen.

Head to Head

Rangers haven't recorded a victory at Tynecastle since April 2012 when an Andy Little double and one from Sone Aluko wrapped up a 3-0 win for the Gers.

The last Tynecastle fixture came under the reins of Ian Cathro, when Hearts strolled to a 4-1 win. On a cold February night, Jamie Walker lit up Tynecastle with help from Krystian Nowak and Don Cowie.

The last three fixtures between the sides have all been played at Ibrox, resulting in three Rangers' wins.

What Craig Said:

"You can break momentum both ways. I look at this match and think this is a game where there shouldn't be any nerves from the players. It's a big game, it'll be a full house at Tynecastle.

"There won't be any time to think about anything. The atmosphere will be fantastic. I think it's a good game for us.

"We're in a position going into the game where earlier on in the season we'd have been favourites for this match. It just so happens that that's probably not the case just now. There's a different pressure attached to going into the game as the underdogs.

"The key for me is that we perform to a level that allows our supporters to get right behind us and create the atmosphere that will help us."

You can watch all of Craig's press conference by clicking here.