By Will Butcher
Chris Sutton has ridiculed Rangers chairman Dave King’s hopes of finishing second in the Scottish Premiership season, claiming the Gers are “miles away”.
The 54-time Scottish champions were brushed aside by Hearts on Wednesday night, as Robbie Neilson’s side secured a 2-0 win on Tynecastle.
BT Sport pundit Sutton claimed on his personal Twitter account that Rangers were not even going to finish second this season, and to rub salt in the wound, Old Firm rivals Celtic look to have already secured first place.
.@btsportfootball Dave King talked about wanting Rangers to be a strong 2nd…. Miles away on tonight's evidence. Hearts terrific ⚽️?
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) November 30, 2016
King had told the Daily Record that he had expected the Gers to currently be in second, rather than fighting for second place: “I would have liked us to be a strong second at this time whereas we’re still fighting for second.
“But from a squad point of view, given the work Mark has done and will do in the transfer window, then we should get to where we should be.”
Mark Warburton’s side lacked an attacking edge as Hearts secured an impressive three points at home to leapfrog the Gers into second in the Scottish Premiership.
The third domestic loss of the season for the Gers means the pressure has intensified on the shoulders of Warburton, as his job security continues to deteriorate.
Former Leicester City striker Joe Dodoo did have a goal disallowed with the score still at 1-0, with replays showing Harry Forrester to have become active in front of Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.
But the loss leave the Gers in third place, as they face another difficult task at Ibrox against Aberdeen on Saturday.
Sutton, a Celtic striker between 2000 and 2006, scored 86 goals in 197 league and cup appearances during a successful spell at Parkhead that saw him reach the final of the 2003 UEFA Cup.
In other Rangers news, these are the player ratings of the Gers players after the loss to Hearts.