Three head-to-heads Rangers need to win to beat Hearts
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Three head-to-heads Rangers need to win to beat Hearts

Hearts top the Scottish Premiership and travel to Ibrox tomorrow hoping to keep up their unbeaten run.

The Edinburgh club have won six and drawn one of their opening seven matches and sit five points clear at the top. They’re eight points clear of Rangers.

Rangers come into the match off the back of a huge result against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League in a raucous Ibrox. If Rangers play like they did on Thursday night, they can be confident of taking something against Hearts. If the fans put in the same performance Hearts will find it especially difficult.

Both sides will be going for the win and it’s set to be an entertaining encounter at Ibrox. There will be battles all over the pitch in what will be a hard fought match.

Here’s three head-to-heads which are ones to watch tomorrow.

Craig Levein’s Hearts are top of the Scottish Premiership after seven games. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Goldson v Ikpeazu

Connor Goldson spoke yesterday about the challenge of facing Uche Ikpeazu. Goldson faced off against the striker when they were playing for Shrewbury and Crewe respectively. Ikpeazu scored that day too.

“We’ll see how it goes, he’s a big lad,” said Goldson.  “I’ve played against him before in League One when I was at Shrewsbury and I think he was only about 16 then and the same size.

“It is a whole XI but Uche is doing well, as is Steven Naismith up front, so it will be a good test and we are looking forward to it.”

It’ll be a physical tussle at the back and whoever gets the better of this hands their team a real advantages. Goldson has been solid so far for Rangers bar a slip up v Motherwell away. But fans are confident the former Brighton man can marshal anyone in our own back yard.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OCTOBER 03: Connor Goldson of Rangers is seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers Auchenhowie Training Centre on October 3, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Haring v Arfield

From an Austrian team to an Austrian player, Peter Haring will be the latest from the European nation to visit Ibrox. Hopefully he has the same experience as the last. The versatile midfielder-come-centre-back has been utilised very well by Craig Levein so far. He has scored five goals already this season.

Scott Arfield is Rangers midfield pivot and so much of the team’s play goes through him. He is a very intelligent player and seems to always be available for a pass whilst being capabale of inventively moving it on. He is a vital part of the team and whoever comes off better between these two will have a huge telling on any outcome.

Scott Arfield has become a consistent, important figure in this Rangers team. (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Souttar v Morelos

John Souttar has been a revelation for Hearts since joining in February 2016. Now a consistent, comfortable presence on the Hearts backline, Souttar has stepped up to the plate since Christophe Berra was injured in Hearts’ win v Celtic. At only 22 he looks like a defender several years his senior. There are high hopes for his Scotland future too.

He’ll be going up against another 22 year old but this one is from a little further afield. Colombian Alfredo Morelos can do no wrong in the eyes of the Rangers faithful and he is absolutely on-fire. It’ll be a big test for Souttar and you have to fancy Morelos to at least get on the scoresheet.

Alfredo Morelos is Rangers top scorer with ten goals this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)