Paterson: No easing off from Hearts at Ibrox

Hearts star Callum Paterson. Pic: Greg Macvean

Hearts star Callum Paterson. Pic: Greg Macvean

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CALLUM PATERSON insists Hearts will head to Ibrox seeking goals and points this weekend as they try to break the 100-goal barrier before the season ends.

The Edinburgh club aim to beat Rangers in Glasgow and edge nearer a century of goals with only five games remaining.

Hearts are currently 26 points clear of Hibs and Rangers in joint second place having already won the Championship and secured automatic promotion. They have lashed 86 goals in 30 league games so far and are eager to reach the 100 mark.

Having beaten Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox on the opening day of the season, Paterson said they are confident going into Sunday’s encounter and have no plans to relax despite being confirmed as champions.

“We go in and do exactly what we’ve been doing throughout the whole season. We play to win, like we have been doing every week,” he told the Evening News today.

“We want to hit that 100 goals mark and we’re on course, so we aren’t looking to slow up or take our foot of the gas at all. We’re looking to put our foot flat to the floor and hopefully we can get a couple of goals and beat Rangers at Ibrox.

“We’ve already been there and won. I wasn’t even playing that day but hopefully we can go there and do another job. We did well in the game that was postponed a couple of months back, so hopefully we can just carry on in the same vein.

“We can take confidence from winning last weekend against Queen of the South and use it this week against Rangers.”

Rangers are now competing for a play-off place alongside Hibs, Falkirk and Queen of the South. Raith Rovers, currently sixth in the table, are an outside bet to finish in the top four.