Rangers boss Stuart McCall amazed by ‘incredible’ Hearts

Stuart McCall hailed the performance of the Jambos this season before the two meet on Sunday afternoon.

Stuart McCall spoke to the Rangers official website before Sunday’s clash with Hearts and explained his amazement at just how well they have done.

The Jambos clinched the league title in March and have taken 81 points from a possible 90 so far this campaign, losing only once away to Falkirk in January.

Their latest win made it nine consecutive victories in the league, adding to their 20 game unbeaten league run from the start of the season stretching from August to January.

The Edinburgh side’s league form has been a far cry from that of Rangers, who after a turbulent four months look to be getting back on track under the temporary stewardship of McCall.

Wins against Hibernian and Cowdenbeath have put Rangers in control of second place, as they sit level on points with Hibs with a game in hand, but the task looks difficult against a Hearts side who have impressed McCall this season.

“Hearts are incredible,” he said.

“They’ve got 81 points out of 90 and everyone knows how well they’ve done.

“They have been playing at such a high level all season - their consistency levels, the amount of goals they’ve scored and their fitness levels.

“I certainly thought it was a turning point in November when we went there; we were the better side for half an hour and then a sending off changed the game.

“It went from us being three points behind to nine points and gave them that confidence and knocked us out of our stride a little bit and they have just gone from strength to strength.

“Everyone at the club from the top to the backroom and the supporters deserve great praise for what they have done. But we will be fully ready on Sunday.

“At the back end of last season they got a bit of confidence and won some games and the young lads got blooded and Robbie is now getting the fruits of that now.”

Rangers can try and emulate Hearts in terms of blooding younger players, with McCall already giving opportunities to Andy Murdoch, Tom Walsh and Ryan Hardie this campaign whilst a number of other promising youngsters wait for an opportunity in the first-team.

The two teams meet at Ibrox on Sunday as the Light Blues try to keep momentum building in the battle for second-place in the Scottish Championship.

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