First Team

Rangers Preview: Austin MacPhee

29th November 2019

Austin MacPhee believes Hearts can cause an upset at Ibrox because they’ve done so before against Glasgow opposition.

The Jambos defied the odds back in 2017 when they ended Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten run in spectacular fashion, thumping Brendan Rodgers’ side 4-0.

The Interim Manager, assistant that day, knows his side will have to reach a similar level of performance on Sunday against a Rangers team in a rich vein of form.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Austin said: “Every player in the changing room has played in a game that they weren’t meant to win.

“I spoke to them about when Celtic were 69 games unbeaten, it had been snowing here, we hadn’t even got on to the artificial (pitch) and we hadn’t trained properly for three days and we had loads of injuries.

“I think Michael Smith was playing his first game at centre back, (Harry) Cochrane was playing one of his first games as a 16-year-old and we won 4-0.

“You need to be organised and you need to be on the same page going into the game. We know that these things happen in football and we need to make sure that we give ourselves the best chance on Sunday of this happening.

“Naturally, just now, Rangers are showing that they can certainly compete in the Europa League in the group stages and we realise the magnitude of the task in addition to the fact that with the competition between Rangers and Celtic every point is a prisoner just now.

“We’ll need to be at our best, we’ll need to be clear, we’ll need to take advantage of the individual moments in the game but I’m convinced that the players will believe that they can do that when they come out of the tunnel at Ibrox on Sunday.”

Austin’s press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.