Three things we learned as Rangers dump Hearts 3-1 at Tynecastle
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Three things we learned as Rangers dump Hearts 3-1 at Tynecastle

Rangers played out a solid 3-1 win against Hearts at Tynecastle which now means the Ibrox club have only been beaten once in eleven outings. That came against Celtic at Parkhead.
Whilst it might all be too little too late for Rangers as far as the league is concerned, it at least keeps the pressure on Celtic.

Steven Gerrard would’ve been impressed with elements of his side’s performance today. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a solid, commanding performance from Rangers with lots of positives. Gerrard’s side is playing with a confidence and freedom which is bringing real consistency. It’s something that’s been missing from Ibrox for the last few seasons.

Here are three things we learned at Tynecastle as the Gers closed the gap at the top to eight points.

I wanna know Jermain Defoe

The on-loan Bournemouth striker has sparked into life at Rangers and is doing what he does best. Scoring goals.
That’s seven goals since January for the striker and he’s beginning to look like a real asset. Calm, composed and looking as fit as ever, he’s really beginning to enjoy himself with Rangers.
But can the troublesome Alfredo Morelos reclaim the space when he returns from suspension?

That’s now seven goals in 16 appearances. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

New-look formation here to stay?

Since being beat against Celtic last month, Rangers have changed things up on the pitch. Scott Arfield has relished his advanced role, whilst the hard working Daniel Candeias has enjoyed the energetic, interchangeable role of the duo in the formation.
In a sort of 4-3-2-1 Rangers are beginning to look really dangerous. Glen Kamara has sparkled, whilst Steven Davis is beginning to look like his old self.
Ryan Jack has a little more freedom to get forward and make runs beyond the strikers, as evidenced by his goal. Is this new formation here to stay?

Scott Arfield has impressed in a more advanced role recently. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Jon Flanagan at left-back till the end of the season?

The former England cap and Liverpool full-back was an important fixture in the side during the first part of the season. After finding himself out of the side recently the defender has done well to bounce back and has been impressive recently.
This was the case again at Tynecastle today. In an unfamiliar left-back berth he was committed in the challenge and done well enough on the ball. He even managed to get forward at times and put in a strong performance.
With Borna Barisic seemingly out of favour, is the left-back slot Flanagan’s until the end of the season?
Here’s how the Rangers players rated against Hearts at Tynecastle.

Jon Flanagan has taken his chance well since being recalled. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)