Rangers striker Jon Daly determined to punish Hearts

Rangers' Jon Daly and Ayr United's Brian Gilmore
Rangers' Jon Daly and Ayr United's Brian Gilmore

With the club’s financial future continuing to be mired in uncertainty and Mike Ashley appearing to tighten his grip on the Boardroom, many would be forgiven for overlooking the fact that there is a critical game to be played at Ibrox on Friday evening as Rangers host Championship leaders Hearts.

With the Tynecastle side leading by thirteen points and with the knowledge that they have already overcome the Light Blues twice this season, the unbeaten visitors will travel west full of confidence that they have no reason to be apprehensive.

Rangers have won the two games played in 2015 – but it would not be unkind to describe the form displayed as ‘patchy’ with a failure to convert goal-scoring opportunities one of the major criticisms as striker Jon Daly acknowledged.

“In some games we’ve missed chances and if they go in it can really turn a game,” he said.

The Ibrox men may have performed well in cup-ties against Premiership opposition of the calibre of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, St. Johnstone and Kilmarnock this season – but four League games out of four against the two Championship challengers from Edinburgh have ended in defeat for the ‘Gers as Daly acknowledged.

“Big games haven’t looked too good for us and it’s an opportunity to change that and get on a good run of games. We need to make sure that when we get our chances we put them away and punish Hearts if they make any mistakes.

“We need to keep it tight at the back. It’s a massive game and there’s a lot riding on it, so if we can get the three points it’ll be great for us.”