HEARTS skipper Perry Kitchen insists the Tynecastle men must improve on their recent win over Rangers to take anything from Ibrox this afternoon.
The midfielder expects a rally from Mark Warburton’s side and stressed the players must perform even better than they did in last week’s 2-0 victory in Edinburgh.
Ian Cathro, of course, will make his managerial debut in Govan after taking over from Robbie Neilson as Head Coach and Kitchen has warned he can expect a hectic introduction to the dug-out with Gers on a revenge mission.
He said: “Rangers are a top side and it’s going to be a tough challenge. We expect a better Rangers side than we saw at Tynecastle.
“For us to match that, we’re going to have be even better than we were that night. It’s a big game with a lot on the line and we’ll be ready for it.
“I don’t think Rangers were unsettled against us. They’re top players, they knew it was a big game. We found a way to get the result. We’ll expect them to be better this time.
“Not just because they’re at home. I think that, any time you lose a game, you always look to find a way to improve on that. They’ll be thinking like that.
“We were decent when we beat them at Tynecastle, but we expect them to be better. We have to be able to mimic that – and even surpass it, if possible.”