Former Rangers youth Craig Halkett has admitted that he wants to end Steven Gerrard’s hopes of reaching his first final as Rangers boss when the Gers meet Hearts at Hampden in November’s League Cup semi-final – and Halkett insists that the Jambos aren’t just heading to the national stadium to “take part.”

Halkett helped the Tynecastle side book their semi-final spot with his late equaliser against Aberdeen in midweek to force extra-time before going on to win 3-0 on penalties.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 27: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers takes on Craig Halkett of Livingston FC during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom.

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The defender is confident that Hearts are capable of beating Rangers and is adamant that the Jambos can match anyone in Scotland on their day.

“When teams get to semi-finals you’re not going just there to take part, you want to go and win,” Halkett said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

 

“The squad on paper is really strong and on our day, if we perform well, we can beat anyone.”

The sides look set to go head to head on November 3rd at Hampden to book a place against Celtic or Hibs in December’s final.

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LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers (L) speaks with Gary Holt, Manager of Livingston FC prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Almondvale Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Livingston, Scotland. LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers (L) speaks with Gary Holt, Manager of Livingston FC prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Almondvale Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Livingston, Scotland.

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After losing at the same stage last season, Rangers can’t afford to fail against Hearts and get knocked out in the semis again.

While Hearts may not be there to make up the numbers, there’s needs to be a professional performance from Rangers as they look for their first major trophy since 2011.

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