HEARTS right-back Callum Paterson has overcome his injury scare and has been given the go-ahead to face Rangers at Tynecastle on Wednesday.
The Scotland international defender went off with swelling around his eye after a clash of heads with Motherwell defender Ben Heneghan during his side’s 3-0 Premiership win on Saturday.
But Tynecastle Head Coach Robbie Neilson revealed the knock was not serious and Paterson is now in line to return against the Ibrox side in the crucial clash in Edinburgh.
Neilson said: “He’s obviously a bit swollen, but he will be fine for Wednesday night.
“Callum came in on Sunday and the eye was a bit closed up, but there will be no issues. We got it drained and he will be okay.”
The Jambos chief saw his side get back to winning ways in the three-goal triumph and he knows a win over Mark Warburton’s team will put them level on 26 points after 15 Premiership outings.
Meanwhile Hearts legend Gary Mackay wants the Jambos to have a real go at Rangers on Wednesday. Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News the former manager said:
“It was reassuring to hear Robbie (Neilson) say after Saturday’s game that we’ll be going out on the front foot against Rangers on Wednesday and having a go at them.
“With the possible exception of Celtic, we shouldn’t be standing off against anyone, so I hope we approach our upcoming games with the same boldness we did on Saturday.”
Read more on what Gary Mackay had to say HERE.
Hearts have enjoyed the games against Rangers in recent years with the Tynecastle club proving to be way too strong when the two went head to head in the Championship a few years ago.
Wednesday will be the first meeting in the Scottish Premiership between the sides.