Neil Alexander: Hearts will lay down marker at Ibrox

Neil Alexander wants Hearts to perform at Ibrox. Pic: SNS
Neil Alexander wants Hearts to perform at Ibrox. Pic: SNS
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Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander insists he wants his new club to lay down a marker when he returns to Ibrox this weekend.

Alexander is now first-choice goalkeeper at Tynecastle after leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season. He intends to help Hearts achieve promotion back to the Premiership and believes they should aim to start with a bang in Glasgow on Sunday.

“The Rangers game will be a fantastic occasion for me. I had six great years with Rangers. It was the best time of my life on and off the park,” he said. “It will be strange going into the away dressing room and I just hope I find it. But it’s a big day for Hearts and we want to do ourselves justice at Ibrox.

“We want to lay down a marker as we are determined to get off to a good start in the Championship. We would want that regardless if we were playing Raith Rovers, Livingston or whoever. It just happens to be Rangers.

“It’s going to be a tough task away from home against Rangers but it will be a great test for us to see how far we have come and how far we have to go as a club. It’s not about me, it’s about the team and everything we have done in pre-season has been in preparation for the Rangers game.

“There is still a lot of work to be done but we are determined to get off to a decent start to the campaign and progress things from there.”