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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 30, 2006

Hearts the next target for Rangers

Bob Malcolm insists the pressure is on Hearts now as Rangers begin to claw their way back up the Bank of Scotland Premier League table.

A battling win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle allowed the Ibrox club to leapfrog Hibernian into third place and they now have their sights firmly set on Hearts.

Hearts know they have a great opportunity to claim one of the positions usually occupied by the Old Firm come the end of the season and their aim is still to beat Celtic to the SPL title.

But Rangers are beginning to haul themselves back up the table and Malcolm reckons Graham Rix's men will soon be looking over their shoulders.

He said: 'Everything that has happened this season has been new to them, it is the first time they have been in this position, so now we will see if they can deal with the pressure.

'We need to deal with it as well in the coming games.

'They are the ones we need to catch now. We just need to keep trying to claw our way back.'

Malcolm knows Rangers made hard work of their victory over Inverness yesterday but he insists putting more points on the board is all that matters.

He added: 'The three points are the most important thing and it takes us back up to third place.

'Nothing is impossible and I am sure we have got players in the dressing room who are capable of pulling it back so we just have to keep winning games.'

A Kris Boyd double and a goal from Marvin Andrews secured the win for Rangers, although goals from Craig Dargo and Dennis Wyness ensured a tense finish to the game.

Caley Thistle claimed for a penalty, which could have given them a share of the points, when Ian Murray appeared to handle in the area.

Referee Alan Freeland ignored the pleas but Inverness defender Ross Tokely said: 'I had a really good view of it. Ian Murray put his hand out, dragged the ball, and it was definitely handball.


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