Rangers make the short trip to Edinburgh to face Heart of Midlothian, or Hearts in the Scottish Premier League on Sunday 23 October 2011. The Glasgow giants are already well clear at the top of the SPL table.
Heart of Midlothian Football Club (more commonly known as simply Hearts) are a Scottish professional football club based in Gorgie, in the West of Edinburgh. They currently play in the Scottish Premier League and are one of the two principal clubs in the city, with the other being Hibernian. Russian-Lithuanian businessman and banker Vladimir Romanov has been the major shareholder of Hearts since he bought Chris Robinson's stake in 2005. Paulo Sérgio is the current manager of Hearts, having replaced Jim Jeffries on 2 August 2011.
The club was formed by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Dancing Club. The traditional story of the formation was that the group of friends bought a ball before playing local rules football at the Tron from where they were directed by a local policeman to the meadows to play. Local rules football was a mix of rugby and football as we know it. In December 1873 a match was held between Queens Park and Clydesdale at Raimes Park in Bonnington. This was the first time that Association rules had been seen in Edinburgh. Members from the dance hall viewed the match and in 1874 decided to adopt the association rules. The new side was Heart of Mid-Lothian Football Club. The exact date of the clubs formation was never recorded however 1874 is regarded as the year of formation as it was when association rules was taken on, although Tom Purdie claimed the club was formed in 1873. The earliest mention of Heart of Midlothian in a sporting context is a report in The Scotsman newspaper from 20 July 1864 of The Scotsman vs Heart of Mid-Lothian at cricket. It is not known if this was the same club who went on to form the football club, but it was common for football clubs in those days to play other sports as well.