PREVIEW: HEARTS - RANGERS
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu will have to put their Scottish Cup disappointment behind them quickly as Rangers return to action on Saturday with a visit to Edinburgh to take on Hearts.

The American dup both started and went the distance in Wednesday's Cup loss to Dundee United and will likely return to the bench for the contest at Tynecastle Stadium.

With the Scottish League Cup already in their pocket and the dreams of a domestic triple dashed, the Light Blues turn their attention squarely on the Scottish Premier League where they hold a 10 point lead over Old Firm rivals Celtic and with two matches in hand.

Rangers can actually clinch the league title as early as April 14th but a win against the Jambos on Saturday is likely to be the only thing on head coach Walter Smith's mind in hopes of avoiding a hangover effect from the United loss.

Smith will likely bring back his top strikers in his starting 11 against the Jambos. Kenny Miller only played the final 15 minutes against the Arabs while Kris Boyd was a stoppage minute substitution.

Boyd and Miller have combined for a whopping 35 goals this season in the SPL so Smith will be leaning on his two stars to provide the offensive output.

Edu and Beasley made solid contributions to the squad in the Cup loss and should be two of the primary options to come off the bench for Smith in the second half.

Hearts have scuffled the large part of the season and sit in sixth place with 40 points. Head coach Jim Jefferies has seen his defense only concede 34 goals on the campaign so fans of the Jambos can expect to see their team to play defensively against Rangers' high-octane front line.

Madjid Bougherra is still out with a sore hamstring for Rangers and Kyle Lafferty's status is doubtful after he left Wednesday's match with an injury.

The hosts will be without a slew of players including Jose Goncalves, Ryan Stevenson, Calum Elliot, Arvydas Novikovas, Michael Stewart, Marius Zaliukas, Ismael Bouzid, Marian Kello, Ian Black, Ruben Palazuelos, Johnny Stewart and Ryan Wallace.
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