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'Anything can happen': Liam Boyce gives Hearts a fitness boost ahead of Scottish Cup clash with Rangers



Liam Boyce

Liam Boyce

Liam Boyce

Hearts striker Liam Boyce has declared himself fit for the Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with Rangers tomorrow night after overcoming injury and illness.

The former Cliftonville hero was struggling with a back injury before being struck down by a bout of tonsillitis, but now he is raring to go as the Tynecastle club prepares to host the Gers for a second time in just over a month.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international scored the winner in the last meeting, a 2-1 Scottish Premiership clash late last month that blew the title race wide open and gave Hearts a glimmer of hope in their grim battle against relegation.

"I feel good now," said the Belfast man ahead of the Cup tie, which has a 5.30pm kick-off.

"I’m brilliant now. I'm just getting back from having tonsillitis for a couple of days and I've had a sore back since the Falkirk game.

"At the penalty I flipped over and landed on my back and it aggravated something.

"If anything, the game being off (against St Mirren) and the illness gave me a couple of days off to let it settle down.

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"I've been coming in and getting treatment and I feel good now.

"Against Rangers we need to go out with the same intensity and aggressiveness in the game on Saturday because it's a one-off cup match and anything can happen.

"We need to put our stamp on the game and obviously try and win and get to the semi-final."

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