Rangers send out title message v Hearts; three things we learned
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Rangers send out title message v Hearts; three things we learned

Rangers sent out a title message in a 2-0 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle as Giovanni van Bronckhorst made it four from four in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers knew they’d be in for a tough game in Edinburgh but given the progress already made under the Dutchman fans entered the match with plenty of confidence.

Hearts started brightly in the game and held a threat throughout but Rangers’ superior quality and title-winning experience set them apart with two goals within four minutes in the opening exchanges in the game.

Alfredo Morelos gave Rangers the lead after an impressive team move involving Connor Goldson, Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala before Goldson hit Aribo with a long-range pass and the midfielder finished with aplomb after a fine first touch.

Josh Ginnelly also saw red for a second yellow late on as a feisty affair saw five Hearts and five Rangers players booked.

Here’s three things we learned from a hard-fought victory against the third place side in the Scottish Premiership:

Rangers shall not be moved – not by the Livi, the Hibs, or the Hearts

When Giovanni van Bronckhorst took over at Rangers, the club’s form had one or two wary of ominous away day trips to Livingston, Hibs and Hearts in his opening fixtures.

But far from see his introduction to life at Ibrox spoiled by a lack of matches on home soil, Gio’s side have revelled in Rangers’ visits to some of the hardest grounds in the country.

Celtic too were looking on with quiet anticipation hoping to see Rangers slip up as they maintain the pressure and a gap of four points.

Once again, Rangers stood up to the test and left one of the toughest away days in the country in Hearts with all three points, widening the gap to seven

Rangers look a determined, focused beast at times and whilst they did ride their luck – Hearts twice hitting the bar – it was a deserved victory as the team ensure we shall not be moved.

Next up are three clashes at Ibrox before trips to Pittodrie and Celtic Park.

Allan McGregor back to his best as Rangers pip Hearts

Heading into the match, the discussion was raging regarding both goalkeepers as both Rangers’ Allan McGregor and Hearts’ Craig Gordon hit top form.

Both were involved throughout and both were pivotal to the score line remaining 2-0 to Rangers.

Allan McGregor continues to prove why he is the Ibrox number one and the top keeper in the country with a string of important and match-defining saves.

In the opening stages McGregor tipped the ball over the bar from Liam Boyce and from there would go on to defiantly keep the ball out of his net throughout.

Craig Gordon too would make some important saves – namely from Scott Arfield – and the game could’ve been out of sight had it not been for the Scotland international.

But had it not been for Allan McGregor in the Rangers net, then the result may well have been very different too.

Attack the best form of defence as Rangers send Hearts statement

Rangers undeniably look sharper and more focused as a team ever since Gio and co came into the club and the Hearts starting XI turned heads prior to kick off.

Fans praised Gio for what was viewed as a bold starting XI and it’s a move that paid off as Rangers raced into a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes.

Ryan Kent, Fashion Sakala and Alfredo Morelos formed a potent front three and all three were involved in the open as Rangers played with pace, purpose and width.

The new system also frees up Joe Aribo to make runs from midfield and float into attacking spaces and this was evident as Connor Goldson found him over the top to score.

Those are four players who offer massive attacking threat but it’s telling that at the same time Rangers have also kept four clean sheets in six matches under Gio.

Glen Kamara dropped deep to protect the centre-backs and Rangers played with balance which allowed them to both create chances and defend their goal effectively.

Off the pitch, Rangers have just announced a major shake-up to the club’s Board of Directors.