Rangers vs Hearts: Key opportunity arises as Celtic issues persist
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Rangers vs Hearts: Key opportunity arises as Celtic issues persist

Rangers could pile the pressure on Celtic with a win against Hearts tomorrow afternoon in Edinburgh as our title rivals face an injury crisis.

The Ibrox side play at 12pm, therefore they have a great opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the table to seven points as Celtic don’t play until 3pm against Motherwell.

Alfredo Morelos could be back in the Rangers starting XI against Hearts as the club look to take advantage of Celtic’s injury crisis and stretch their lead at the top of the table. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Parkhead outfit’s injury crisis is getting worse and the festive period could make or break their title aspirations.

With their Europa League tie against Real Betis in midweek a dead rubber, Ange Postecoglou rotated his team, yet still brought on the club’s star man this season Kyogo Furuhashi to replace the injured Albian Ajeti.

The move backfired as the Japanese player hobbled off with a hamstring injury in the 71st minute and the injury concerns for Celtic are growing.

He joins Ajeti, Jota, Forrest, and Giakoumakis on the treatment table and the manager must be sweating over the crisis he faces.

Rangers have had key players ruled out for most of this season, such as Ryan Jack and Filip Helander, but our strength in depth has enabled us to rotate well and still gather points in the league and progress in Europe.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst gave some fringe players a run-out against Lyon in midweek and will bring back key players for the important clash against Hearts, such as Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier.

The league title could well be decided over the next coming weeks, with Celtic’s growing injury crisis and Rangers holding a four-point lead at the top with momentum building under van Bronckhorst, the Ibrox side currently holds the advantage.

Rangers captain James Tavernier will be back in the team to face Hearts as the Ibrox side looks to pile more pressure on title rivals Celtic as their injury crisis gets worse. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Let’s hope we can stretch our lead further with a win at Tynecastle tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the referee for the crunch clash against Hearts has been announced.

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