By Jack Cunningham

10th Oct, 2021 | 9:10pm

Derek McInnes believes that Hearts will be confident they can beat Rangers next week

Former Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes that Hearts will travel to Rangers with a lot of confidence next Saturday.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday [via the Daily Record], the 50-year-old insisted that the Edinburgh-based club would have a lot of confidence as they are unbeaten in the league.

McInnes compared this Hearts team to his former Aberdeen side and thinks they will have a lot of “swagger”.

He said: “Hearts, unbeaten in the league after eight matches, will fancy their chances against Rangers next Saturday.

“They have to go to Ibrox feeling like a big club. They should go into the game with a swagger.”

Interesting claim.

There is no question that the two Edinburgh-based teams in Hibernian and Hearts are much more competitive this season.

Hibs sit in third place four points behind the Gers, while Hearts are in second, just one point behind the Bears.

Steven Gerrard’s side saw off Hibs before the international break, and they now have to do the same to Hearts, who have early title ambitions.

Another win at Ibrox on Saturday would be a real statement of intent from the Gers and could move them well clear of their early title rivals, which would be good.

However, McInnes makes a good point and Hearts have every right to be confident, and it should be a fascinating game between two of the league’s strongest sides.

McInnes makes some good points, though, and Gerrard will have to be prepared to deal with what Hearts have to throw at his side.

In other Rangers news, Kenny Daglish issues his verdict on Steven Gerrard and Newcastle United.