By Ray Livingstone

4th Nov, 2019 | 7:34am

Chris Sutton delivers verdict on Rangers after 3-0 semi-final win

Chris Sutton has said that Rangers are a “different team” under Steven Gerrard this season, after they beat Hearts 3-0 in the League Cup semi-final.

Centre-back Filip Helander scored the opening goal before a double from Alfredo Morelos sealed the win, and it could have been more but for some careless Rangers finishing.

Sutton said that Rangers were “excellent” on Sunday and added, “Different team this season under Steven Gerrard”.

The big difference is that there’s quality all over the pitch now. Helander has come good at the back with Connor Goldson.

Ryan Jack is controlling games in the middle and Ryan Kent is a talent on a different level to most in the Premiership.

In Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, Gerrard has the two best strikers in the Premiership.

It sets up, as Sutton said, a “mouthwatering” cup final that gives Rangers the chance to show that there has been a shift in power in Scotland.

It’s a massive game and one that would prove that Rangers have come back to the top for the first time since the financial implosion in 2012.

Before Sunday, Rangers had lost five consecutive semi-finals without scoring a goal. The game against Hearts was never in doubt.

The SPFL confirmed that the game would kick-off at 3pm on Sunday, December 8 in what will be the most eagerly-awaited fixture of the season so far.

In other news, Gerrard says the words Rangers fans have been desperate to hear