By Doug Ward

15th May, 2022 | 12:16pm

Michael Stewart rages on BBC Sportscene after Rangers smash Hearts at Tynecastle

Michael Stewart was raging with Hearts’ performance after they were beaten 3-1 at Tynecastle by a youthful Rangers side on Saturday afternoon (14 May).

Giovanni van Bronckhorst named a host of young players as he rested his stars ahead of next week’s finals in the Europa League and the Scottish Cup.

Cedric Itten, Alex Lowry and Cole McKinnon all scored in the routine victory for the Light Blues and while Stewart was less than impressed by his former club Hearts, he admits he thought van Bronckhorst’s youngsters did well.

“It wasn’t great, there’s no doubt,” said Stewart on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene on Saturday night (14 May).

“You can’t dress it up as anything other than a disappointing result and performance and Robbie [Neilson] was pretty straight with his comments there.

“But I think they’re going to get a lot of players back, there’ll be a much-changed side for Hearts and for Rangers in the cup final so I think they can take confidence from the fact they’ll have a strong side out next week and try to forget about that game there.

“Focus on the positives because it has been a very good season for them.

“There were passages in the game that were positive but over the piece, Rangers deserved the victory and [there were] a lot of positives for them with regards to the youngsters that started the game. They acquitted themselves very well.”

Heartbreak for Mike

Do we feel sorry for Stewart? Of course not.

He’s ridiculed and taunted the Gers for years now and now he has to sit and watch our B team pump his beloved Hearts in the Premiership.

And after he has to sit and watch Rangers play in the Europa League final next week, he’ll also have to sit and watch his former club lose in the Scottish Cup final.

If our youth team can beat Hearts, imagine what a full-strength side will be able to do when they have something massive to play for.

Rangers are on the up despite not winning the league this season.

If anything, we haven’t won the league because of our exploits in Europe because in February and March it kept feeling like every big display in Europe was followed by a dismal league outing.

Rangers will once again battle to win the league next season and we’re sure they’ll succeed – especially if they win the Europa League.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have made an approach to sign this “outstanding” attacker after a 14-goal season.