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

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The Glasgow side sacked Pedro Caixinha just two days before their visit to Edinburgh and need three points under interim coach Graeme Murty

Rangers head into their first game under interim manager Graeme Murty looking for a massive improvement from the embarrassing midweek draw with Kilmarnock that saw Pedro Caixinha sacked.

After losing their League Cup semi-final to Motherwell, the Gers surrendered a lead to the struggling Ayrshire side through a late 95th minute goal from their former star Chris Burke.

The board pulled the trigger on Caixinha the following morning, just two days before Saturday's trip to Hearts. 

Rangers sit eight points behind leaders Celtic and three ahead of this week's hosts, who are coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat to city rivals Hibs.

Game Hearts vs Rangers
Date Saturday, October 28
Time 13:30 BST

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Alfredo Morelos Rangers

In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football, as well as being available to stream live on the Sky Go app.

Those outside the UK and Ireland can get access via Rangers' in-house streaming service.

UK TV channel / Online stream International online stream
Sky Sports Football / Sky Go app Rangers TV

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Hearts players
Goalkeepers McLaughlin, Hamilton
Defenders Smith, Souttar, Berra, Nowak, Brandon, Smith-Brown
Midfielders Walker, Gzelak, Moore, Milinkovic, Randall, Cochrane, Henderson, Cowie, Callachan
Forwards Lafferty, Stockton, Isma, 

Hearts have no fresh absences, but remain without the injured Arnaud Djoum and Aaron Hughes, but Don Cowie could make his return after missing the last two games.

Hearts potential XI: McLaughlin, Smith, Souttar, Berra, Brandon, Walker, Grzelak, Callachan, Randall, Henderson, Lafferty.

Position Rangers players
Goalkeepers Foderingham, Kelly
Defenders Wallace, Wilson, Tavernier, Bates, Hodson, John
Midfielders Holt, Dorrans, Dalcio, Jack, Kranjcar, Pena, Rossiter, Windass
Forwards Miller, Herrera, Morelos, Nemane, Candeias

Ryan Jack did not help Pedro Caixinha out in the late stages of Wednesday's game when he picked up a third red card of the season, but he could feature depending if Rangers appeal. Bruno Alves, however, is suspended as his appeal against his sending off in the League Cup semi-final was dismissed. 

Lee Wallace is still out, as is Fabio Cardoso after suffering a broken nose against Motherwell. Graham Dorrans picked up a knee injury on Wednesday and is a doubt alongside Jack Alnwick and Carlos Pena, who both missed the draw with Kilmarnock. 

Rangers potential XI:  Foderingham, Tavernier, Wilson, McCrorie, John, Jack, Herrera, Candeias, Windass, Miller, Morelos.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Josh Windass Rangers

Rangers are favourites at 11/10 favourites according to dabblebet, with Hearts priced at 23/10 to get a home win and a draw 5/2.

Click here to see all the available markets for the game, including goalscorer odds, correct score and more.


GAME PREVIEW


Rangers Alfredo Morelos

Graeme Murty has taken over as Rangers' interim manager for the second time in 2017. The former Reading defender had been coaching the reserves before being thrust back into the first team to oversee a squad in crisis.

The last two results and performances were damning on Rangers and with the side sitting fourth in the table and eight points off the pace, they cannot afford another slip up that will allow Celtic and Aberdeen to move further ahead. 

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It will be even tougher on Murty as he may have to some players around to cover for suspensions and injuries.

Hearts themselves are still trying to rescue their season after replacing Ian Cathro with Craig Levein earlier on and have since won three times since then, but are still struggling for consistency.

They had won the two games prior to their derby defeat to Hibs, but playing just their third home game in the league this season, they will be determined to take advantage of their unstable opponents.

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