Hearts boss Daniel Stendel expects a reaction from Rangers for their Scottish Cup quarter-final this weekend after tasting Tynecastle defeat last month.

The Jambos pulled off a stunning result against Steven Gerrard's men as Liam Boyce secured a 2-1 win for the home side - Stendel's only win from his 11 games in charge.

Hearts are rooted to the foot of the Premiership table and are six points from safety after St Mirren's win over Motherwell.

The German anticipates a different Rangers side this time round, but insists there's no reason why his side can't repeat their heroics - and go all the way in the competition.

He said: "I think Rangers will be more focused for this game - the cup is a good chance for everyone to win a trophy, and especially after the first game.

"But for us it's important that we know we can win, that we play at Tynecastle, that we have the support that we need against Rangers.

"The game will not change our situation in the league but it can give us a lift for the next couple of games, especially after Tuesday night we all know we have no time for better results - we need better results. We want to start on Saturday.

"It's a big chance to have positive thoughts in our head for everything we can do in the season.

"The league has not given us much positive thoughts but the cup is a big chance. There are three games left and if we can win, then we can maybe play next year in the Europa League.

"It's a good chance but we are focused on this game. Rangers are one of the biggest teams but we beat Rangers a few weeks ago and why not again?"

When Stendel was asked if he thought Hearts were capable of winning the Scottish Cup , he responded: "Why not? Yes."