Lee McCulloch has claimed Rangers will have a distinct advantage against Hearts this weekend, in his Evening Times column.
The Gers travel to Tynecastle on Saturday, for the first of their five post-split fixtures.
Gerrard’s side won 2-1 there back in December, but it hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground in recent seasons.
However, last week, Hearts announced that a lower section of the Wheatfield Stand will be closed in a measure against fan misbehaviour.
That’s something the former skipper believes will play into Rangers’ hands.
“Having that part of the Wheatfield Stand shut should be an advantage to Rangers”, McCulloch wrote in the Evening Times. “Tynecastle is an intimidating place to go, the fans are right on top of you and it is always a difficult place to go and play.”
“This move might work against Hearts on the park. But I believe that Ann Budge has shown great leadership by taking the action that she has and you have to applaud her.”
“On the park, I think it will work against Hearts. They are coming off the back of the semi win and it will be a really interesting game.”
The Rangers players will know they are more than capable of registering a win at Tynecastle. Alfredo Morelos was the matchwinner there at the start of the season, though, and he is suspended for the fixture this time around.
Hearts will also be riding the crest of a wave after securing their place in the Scottish Cup final.
Therefore, anything that makes their ground less hostile has to be a bonus for the Gers.
They have nine points from nine against this opposition so far this season – time to make it a full house.