Steven Gerrard should make two changes to Rangers’ starting line-up if he wants to name a side capable of smashing Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday

Daniel Candeias has had a woeful run of form lately and the mainstay should be axed from the line-up to be replaced by rarely-seen teenager Glenn Middleton, who has made just one Scottish Premiership appearance since Boxing Day.

In a bid to try and make Rangers harder to beat, Gerrard should also drop Steven Davis and hand Ross McCrorie a return to the side so that the midfield is a bit more rigid against a Hearts team that will be a much tougher challenge than what Motherwell were last time out.

Allan McGregor must start in goals behind an unchanged back-four of James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Jon Flanagan.

That defence kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win at Motherwell on Sunday, so keeping some consistency in that area of the pitch could bode well for the Gers as they enter the final few weeks of the Scottish Premiership season.

McCrorie should anchor a central midfield trio of him, Glenn Kamara and Ryan Jack.

Scott Arfield was the hat-trick hero at Fir Park and is a no-brainer to remain in the wide area, while Middleton should replace Candeias to take up a place on the opposite wing.

Candeias has made 47 appearances in all competitions for Rangers this season, but after a rather poor run of form, it is about time that Gerrard drops him and offers some more playing time for Middleton while Ryan Kent is suspended.

Alfredo Morelos is also unavailable against Hearts due to being sent off against Celtic, so Jermain Defoe seems like the obvious choice to start up front.