Hearts manager Craig Levein has admitted that his side’s fixtures against Rangers have been “frustrating” after gifting the Gers early goals.

The Jambos host Steven Gerrard’s side this weekend and Levein believes his side will have got a “big boost” from beating Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: Craig Levein, Manager of Hearts reacts during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Levein’s side are sixth in the league and have fallen a little bit off the pace after the Edinburgh derby defeat by Hibs two weeks ago but the Hearts boss is confident his side will take the game to Rangers.

“Our games against Rangers have been frustrating this season because we have shot ourselves in the foot in nearly all of them by giving away early goals,” Levein told Sky Sports.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Craig Levein manager of Hearts watches from the stands

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“My main thing will be that we need to not do anything silly and we are at Tynecastle which always makes me feel good.

“I am confident because the players got a big boost from the game against Inverness.


“We will try to take the game to Rangers and win.”

If Rangers turn up and play as they can, they should have more than enough to see off Hearts but the Gers haven’t exactly set the world alight recently.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Craig Levein, Manager of Heart of Midlothian F.C. looks on prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC on October 28, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The win over Motherwell was a good example of what they can do but Gerrard’s side has lacked the consistency to do it week in, week out.

A strong win at Tynecastle would be a solid afternoon’s work for Gerrard’s side as they look to close in as much as possible on Celtic before the season ends.

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