By George Overhill

14th May, 2022 | 12:59pm

Rangers loanee Amad Diallo delighted Andy Little with first-half intervention at Hearts

Rangers attacker Amad Diallo had pundit Andy Little “really happy and pleased” with is involvement in an early sequence at Hearts.

With the home side building an attack inside the opening 10 minutes the Ivorian youngster showed great endeavour to nip in towards his own penalty area and steal the ball for a counter-attack.

The 19-year-old from Manchester United struggled after his January arrival at Ibrox, but is taking his opportunity of late after scoring in the previous two league games, and former Ger Little was delighted by what he saw.

Speaking on the Rangers TV match broadcast early in the game (14 May, 12.15pm) he said:”Super to see that from Amad, we’ve seen it before.

“Great to see that… we spotted it earlier in the season… we were so impressed with his work rate off the ball.

“Really happy and pleased to see Amad with the work rate there, getting back in just when his team needed it, he has got that other side to him.”

Committed

In what is little more than a dress rehearsal for the Scottish Cup final next weekend, Giovanni van Bronckhorst made wholesale changes and kept only Alex Lowry from the previous outing.

In that context any result at Tynecastle should not be read into too deeply, as the line-ups at Hampden will be very different.

The visitors controlled most of the early exchanges but went behind against the run of play in the 24th-minute through Peter Haring.

Lesser-spotted striker Cedric Itten levelled the scores less than 10 minutes later when he headed home a corner.

Diallo should be looking to extend his scoring streak in the dead rubber against the Jambos, with the pressure off in terms of results as they won’t change any final league positions.

If he can make it three in three in the Scottish Premiership he will at least have forced his way into his manager’s thoughts ahead of two massive finals.

In other Rangers news, Ally McCoist was aghast at what Chris Sutton said about a Bears fan-favourite as the pair clashed on Friday.