Is Gerrard set for a big scouting mission tomorrow?
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Steven Gerrard should use Sunday as a scouting mission

With a huge game at Ibrox tomorrow, Steven Gerrard should take the opportunity to scout the Hearts players.

Off the bat, this isn’t meant to cause any disrespect to the Jambos. We’re also not under the illusion Rangers can just come calling for any Hearts player and they’ll walk over the M8. If there is to be a bid in January or the summer from Rangers to Hearts for anyone, the Gorgie side deserve top dollar.

Such is the work done by Craig Levein, Hearts are flying. We spoke several weeks ago about them being title-contenders, and earmarked tomorrow’s game as a big test for them. All credit has to go to them for a stunning start, and they’ll pitch up at Ibrox full of confidence.

Kyle Lafferty was a big star at Hearts before signing for Rangers this summer (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Hearts have been a credit to the Premiership this season. Rangers fans won’t like to hear it, but they’ve been top dogs so far. The league table shows it and they’re setting the pace.

That’s why Rangers should use Sunday as a big chance to scout Levein’s men for potential talent. Hearts’ form hasn’t just been down to pure luck. They’re a very well-drilled side with some top talent to boot.

The likes of Uche Ikpeazu, Olly Lee, and John Souttar in particular have been impressive. We all know about Steven Naismith, but they have threats all over the place. Demetri Mitchell looks a handful, whilst Callum Morrison is one to watch in the future.

A side littered with talent

Hearts are simply loaded with talent these days, and Rangers could do worse than see which ones could be got at.

The Jambos are unlikely to do any business with Rangers in January. The sale of Kyle Lafferty was a big blow for Hearts supporters at the start of the season. If any more of their stars leave Tynecastle for Ibrox this season, Ann Budge would have some questions to answer.

On-loan Demetri Mitchell is just one Hearts star Rangers have to be wary of tomorrow (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

There, of course, would be nothing wrong with Rangers trying their luck. Any offers, however, you would expect will be booted out firmly.

Next summer could be a different story. It won’t exactly be open season however, but Hearts have quality that could be bidded for.

There’s no point pretending Gerrard’s side is the real deal at the moment. Still Rangers look like they need more quality, and it’s snobby to think some of the Hearts stars couldn’t provide that.

We’re going to find out a lot about the Jambos tomorrow. Do they have the steel to come to Glasgow and get three points? Or will Rangers put them to the sword and mark a huge psychological blow in their title-charge?

In any case, Gerrard should keep a watchful eye on who impresses in maroon.


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