Harry Cochrane will hope to line up for Hearts on Sunday looking to take down the club he loves.
Indeed, the Jambos youngster spent time at Ibrox as a youth star. That was until he joined Hearts whilst part of the Gers’ Under-13s as a player that certainly got away from the Rangers youth academy.
This weekend, Rangers will travel to Hearts looking to sensationally top the league table. A victory over the Jambos would be enough to leapfrog Celtic, given the fact Brendan Rodgers’ men are in the Betfred Cup final that same day.
Therefore, the contest is set to be colossal, with not a lot of room for romantic subplots. Regardless, Cochrane spoke to the Scottish Sun today and stated his love for the club he left as a boy.
“The first big game I went to as a supporter was Rangers v Barcelona in the Champions League in 2007.
It ended 0-0 but to see guys like Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry in the flesh was an amazing experience. That game has stuck with me.
“Growing up a Rangers fan, it was always a dream of mine to play there one day. The atmosphere was amazing when I went there with Hearts recently. It was just a pity we didn’t win.”
Certainly not a pipe dream
Cochrane’s dreams of playing with Rangers aren’t over by any stretch of the imagination. At just 17-years of age, the midfielder has plenty of development left in him. Should he continue progressing at the rate he has done, he’ll be on Steven Gerrard’s radar.
The youngster shot himself to fame last season by playing a starring role in Hearts’ 4-0 mauling of Celtic. It ended their 66-game unbeaten run, and Cochrane bullied Scott Brown in an incredible performance.
He went on to have a sensational campaign last season, making a total of 24 Hearts appearances in a breakout year. This season, however, injury has plagued the Gers fan, and he’s made just three appearances this term.
Whether he’ll play on Sunday is highly doubtful. Craig Levein enjoys the centre-midfield partnership of Peter Haring and Olly Lee. They’re the two experienced heads that Hearts’ early-season success have been built upon.
It’s only a matter of time, however, before Cochrane gets back among the mix at Tynecastle.
There’s no denying there’s a strong desire from the youngster to pull on the light blue jersey for real in the future. With Gerrard always looking for vibrant young talent to come to the club, he’ll have his eyes firmly on the Scottish Under-19 star.