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23rd Feb, 2018 | 4:00pm

Barry Ferguson delivers crunch Rangers verdict on potential season-ender v Hearts

Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson believes that his old side have to beat Hearts this weekend in the Scottish Premier League and failure to do so will spell an end to their title ambitions for this season.
The Light Blues are currently nine points behind their Old Firm rivals but the Hoops have a tough trip away at Aberdeen to contend with on Sunday whilst the Gers face fifth-place Hearts at Ibrox.
And Ferguson believes that this visit of Craig Levein’s side is critical for the team’s potential title success and they need to show better form at home where they have struggled at times this season.
The ex-midfielder pointed out that were it not for their poor record at Ibrox, they could have been so much closer to the pinnacle of the SPL.
Writing in his column in the Daily Record Ferguson said: “Rangers must grasp the chance to pile the pressure on Celtic this weekend or talk of a title challenge is over for another year.
“Rangers have the best record on the road in the Premiership this season, but a failure to win more than six games from 13 at Ibrox should really have compromised their championship ambitions by now.”
It is not only the former captain who is talking about Rangers as potential champions, Gers winger Daniel Candeias pointed to the Bhoys difficult run in as well as an Old Firm derby in March, as to reasons why they weren’t yet out of the race.
Bobby Russell, ex-Light Blues ace also felt that his old team had an opportunity to win the SPL but Celtic’s presence in the Europa League was tantamount to any title ambitions for Rangers.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton delivers brutal Rangers put down after Celtic drop out of Europa League.

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