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May 21, 2022 at 3pm UK at Hampden Park
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Preview: Rangers vs. Hearts - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Scottish Cup clash between Rangers and Hearts, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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After suffering Europa League heartache in the final on Wednesday, Rangers will be looking to end the season on a high with success in the Scottish Cup final when they face Hearts at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon.

The two sides locked horns on the final day of the Scottish Premiership season last weekend, which saw a much-rotated Rangers outfit win 3-1 at Tynecastle.

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Rangers were unable to lift their first European trophy in 50 years after they were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final, following a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

Joe Aribo put the Gers in front just before the hour mark, but their lead lasted only 12 minutes as Rafael Borre tapped in from close range to draw the Germans level. The contest was eventually settled on penalties with Aaron Ramsey missing from 12 yards before Borre netted the winning spot kick to condemn the Scots to a heartbreaking defeat in Seville.

Nevertheless, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and co can be immensely proud of their impressive journey to the final, and they still have a chance of finishing the season with silverware as they head to Hampden as favourites to win the Scottish Cup.

Rangers have won the Scottish Cup 33 times in their 150-year history, but the last time that they had they hands on the trophy was back in 2008-09 when they beat Falkirk 1-0 in the final.

The Glaswegian giants beat Stirling Albion, Annan Athletic and Dundee in the first three rounds of this year's competition, before winning 2-1 after extra time against Old Firm rivals Celtic in the semi-finals, to book their place in the final for the first time in seven years.

Rangers lost 3-2 to Hibernian the last time that they reached the final in 2015-16, but they will be confident of success against fellow Edinburgh outfit Hearts, as they have won each of their last three meetings against them, scoring 10 goals in the process.

After securing promotion from the Championship last season, Robbie Neilson will have been delighted to have seen his Hearts side finish third in the Premiership behind Glaswegian giants Celtic and Rangers.

It is fair to say that the Jam Tarts comfortably consolidated their top-three position, as they finished 13 points clear of Dundee United in fourth but 17 points behind Rangers in second.

Hearts head into Saturday's Scottish Cup final off the back of three successive league defeats, conceding a total of nine goals in losses against Celtic, Motherwell and Rangers.

Neilsen's side will be aware of the threat that they are likely to face from a fired-up Rangers outfit this weekend, but they can take confidence from their last Scottish Cup encounter with the Gers, which saw the Jam Tarts win 1-0 in the quarter-finals in February 2020.

Hearts have reached the final twice in the last three years but lost on both occasions, suffering a 2-1 defeat against Celtic in 2019 before losing against the Hoops again a year later, this time on penalties after a 3-3 draw in 120 minutes.

The Edinburgh-based outfit – who have beaten Auchinleck Talbot, Livingston, St Mirren and rivals Hibs to reach this year's final – have won the Scottish Cup as many times as they have lost in the final (eight) but one has got to give on Saturday, and victory would see them lift the trophy for the first time in a decade.

Rangers Scottish Cup form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Rangers form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Hearts Scottish Cup form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Hearts form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

Team News

Rangers left-back Borna Barisic was forced off with an injury in extra time against Frankfurt, and the Croatian is now doubtful for Saturday's final.

The potential absence of Barisic would likely see Calvin Bassey move over to left-back with Leon Balogun starting alongside Connor Goldson at centre-back.

Balogun and Goldson are two of four players, along with 40-year-old goalkeeper Allan McGregor and Steven Davis, who are out of contract this summer and they could all potentially be playing their last game for the club on Saturday, while the final may also be the last match for loanees Ramsey and Amad Diallo.

After missing seven games with a knee injury, Kemar Roofe came on in the closing stages of extra time in midweek, but it remains to be seen whether the striker is fit to start at Hampden. Either Aribo or Fashion Sakala could instead be given the nod to start up front.

As for Hearts, centre-back John Souttar – who will be joining Rangers on a free transfer this summer – and fellow defender Craig Halkett were both given minutes off the bench last weekend after recovering from injury, and the pair will be hoping to start in a three-man defence along with Toby Sibbick on Saturday.

With Beni Baningime ruled out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury, Cameron Devlin and Peter Haring are expected to continue in centre-midfield.

Star striker Liam Boyce limped off with a groin strain after just 12 minutes last weekend and is a major doubt for the final, so Ellis Simms could lead the line in attack, with Gary Mackay-Steven and Josh Ginnelly joining him in attack.

Rangers possible starting lineup:
McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Bassey; Kamara, Lundstram, Jack; Wright, Aribo, Kent

Hearts possible starting lineup:
Gordon; Sibbick, Souttar, Halkett; Smith, Haring, Devlin, Cochrane; Mackay-Stevens, Ginnelly; Simms

We say: Rangers 2-0 Hearts

Hearts played a relatively strong side against an under-strength Rangers outfit last weekend and still suffered defeat, so with the Gers set to name their strongest possible team on Saturday, the Jam Tarts could be in for a difficult afternoon.

Nielson's men will not make it easy for Rangers, but we feel that Van Bronckhorst's side will be hungry to bounce back from their midweek loss in Europe and they should have enough quality in their side to come out on top at Hampden Park.

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