First Team

We're Ready

5th October 2018

Craig Levein believes his team has coped well with the challenges thrown at them so far this season and sees no reason why they can’t come out on top against Rangers on Sunday.

The table-topping Jambos head to Ibrox for a 3pm kick-off on Sunday, having won six of their opening seven Ladbrokes Premiership matches, amidst a 13 game unbeaten run.

Hearts are five points clear at the top of the league table and head into the weekend eight points ahead of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.

“We’re in good form and I feel we are ready and capable of going through to Glasgow and getting points,” said Craig.

“I think it’ll be a great game and I’m hopeful we can do enough to come out on top.

“Taking into account, of course, that Rangers’ home form is the best in the league and they had another fantastic European result again last night.

“We’ve faced a number of test so far this season, however, and we’ve managed to deal with every one we’ve been presented with. So I’m hopeful that we can do the same again on Sunday. “

Craig has had to make do without striker Uche Ikpeazu in recent games and admits it’s still touch and go in terms of whether or not the towering Englishman will be involved at Ibrox.

“I hope so. I can’t guarantee it at this moment and time, he hasn’t trained with the team at all so he’s basically just been doing stuff on his own.

“At some point he’s going to have to test it to see how his foot is, however, and we’re trying to leave it as late as possible in order to give him enough time.”