Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has given his reaction to his side being drawn against Hearts in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup – and admits it will be a “tough test” for the Light Blues.
After beating Hamilton in the last round on Saturday, the Light Blues will head to Tynecastle at the end of the month to face Danie Stendel’s side for a place in the Hampden semi-finals.
Gerrard confessed that he “really enjoys” going to Tynecastle but insisted his focus is on tomorrow’s clash with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.
“It’ll be a tough game,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“I think you can see signs of Hearts turning their form around. They obviously beat us but my opinion of that is it was more down to us not being there on the day.
“It’s a game we’re really looking forward to and it’ll be a tough test. I really enjoy the environment at Tynecastle, it’s a good atmosphere, and it is a game we’re looking forward to but, obviously, our focus is on the games prior to that.”
The Gers have struggled under Gerrard on their trips to Tynecastle but will need to be at their best if they are to book another Hampden date and earn a semi-final place.
The Tynecastle side have been poor under Stendel – despite their win over Rangers a few weeks ago – and struggled to a narrow 1-0 win over League One Falkirk in the last round.
With a few weeks until the sides meet at Tynecastle, Rangers will hopefully be firing on all cylinders before heading along the M8.