Rangers vs Hearts: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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The Glasgow giants are already playing catch-up, but they will attempt to restore stability with maximum points against their Edinburgh counterparts

Rangers will look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Hibernian when they take on Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday.

After kicking off their Scottish Premiership campaign with a 2-1 win over Motherwell, Pedro Caixinha's side lost 3-2 at home last weekend and the Portuguese coach will be demanding an improvement against Hearts in order to ensure they do not lose further ground on title rivals Celtic.

The Glasgow giants suffered humiliation earlier in the season when they were knocked out of the Europa League by Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn, so the pressure is already mounting on Caixinha to deliver results. 

Game Rangers vs Hearts
Date Saturday, August 19
Time 15:00 (BST)

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Kenny Miller Rangers

The match will not be broadcast live in the UK, but it will be available to stream online at Rangers TV for viewers outside of the UK and Ireland. Additionally, Hearts TV will be providing live audio commentary from Ibrox.

UK TV channel Online stream
N/A Rangers TV (outside UK &  ROI)

SQUAD & TEAM NEWS


Ryan Jack was sent off in Rangers' defeat to Hibs last weekend, but the midfielder will be able to take part in the game against Hearts after the club's successful appeal against the card.

There is also optimism within the Rangers camp that captain Lee Wallace - who was stricken with a thigh issue - could make a return to the squad after head coach Caixinha said that he has no injury concerns heading into the game.

Potential Rangers XI: Foderingham; Alves, Hodson, Tavernier, Cardoso; Dorrans, Jack, Windass; Miller, Morelo, Candeias.

Hearts boss Jon Daly will be able to call upon the services of Jordan McGhee and Don Cowie, who both return from injury, while Isma Goncalves, who scored in last week's win over Kilmarnock, is set to feature after having a red card overturned on appeal.

However, the Edinburgh outfit will be without midfielder Lewis Moore and Manchester City loanee Ashley Smith-Brown, who are still recovering from injuries. Former Rangers hero Kyle Lafferty, meanwhile, is expected to lead the line against his former club.

Potential Hearts XI: Hamilton; Berra, Smith, Grzelak, Souttar; Randall, Djeum, Cowie, Brandon; Lafferty, Isma.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Ryan Jack Rangers 2017

Rangers are 4/6 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Hearts rated as a 4/1 bet to beat the Glasgow side. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 14/5.

The Gers lost 3-2 at home in their last outing against Hibernian and the odds over 4.5 goals being scored in the game against Hearts are 15/4.


GAME PREVIEW


Rangers Pedro Caixinha

Rangers were able to put the disappointment of being knocked out of the Europa League behind them as they made a winning start to their domestic season, but last week's home loss to Neil Lennon's Hibs was a blow they will need to respond to immediately if they are to seriously rival Celtic and Aberdeen at the top of the Premiership.

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The Gers finished third in the league last season, nine points behind Aberdeen and an incredible 39 points behind their bitter rivals Celtic, but they will be determined to close that gap in 2017-18. Caixinha will need to show that their defeat to Hibs was simply a hiccup, and the Portuguese remains defiant.

"We have already analysed and forgotten what happened on Saturday. It's definitely not going to affect our next game so we are looking forward to Saturday," Caixinha told BBC Sport. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. That's what the song says and that's what I really believe."

The pressure is on the former Santos Laguna boss to show that he is the man to restore the Glasgow giants to their former glory and he will be counting on the likes of new signings Bruno Alves, Daniel Candeias and Alfredo Morales to haul the team to the next level.

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