DARREN McGREGOR hopes playing before Hearts this weekend can give Rangers a chance to exert extra pressure on the Jambos.

The Light Blues host Alloa at Ibrox at 3pm tomorrow, with Robbie Neilson’s Edinburgh side not playing at Falkirk until 5.30pm.

That means the gap between the leading two sides in the SPFL Championship could be narrowed to just one point by the time play starts at Westfield.

Gers are on an eight-match winning streak at present and defender McGregor is keen to make that nine so that the heat can be turned up on the league leaders.

The former St Mirren stopper said: “Hopefully cutting the deficit to one point would flip the coin in a sense and put a bit of pressure on Hearts.

“I think they’ve done magnificently up to this point and I don’t think there has been this much pressure put on them up to now.

“Us kicking off before them will definitely help us and hopefully we can get three points so that they’re looking over their shoulders.

“The big question is whether they can cope with the pressure. We know we can so it’ll be interesting if we do get the points to see how they react.”

McGregor reckons Rangers are giving their best displays of the campaign yet after a convincing run which has also seen them keep seven clean sheets in eight outings.

While he is guarding against complacency when Alloa come calling, he’s relishing the fact Gers are impressing and thinks they’re coping with the pressure they’re under well.

The 29-year-old added: “The games have proved that. We’ve really settled into a rhythm in the last seven or eight games.

“We’ve really settled. Scoring goals and keeping clean sheets is a must if you’ve going to win games and we’ve done that.

“Hopefully we can carry on our momentum into the Alloa game but there’s no way you can bypass them.

“It’s these games against the so-called lesser teams that can be the most difficult and we really need to apply ourselves.”

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