First team

Naismith: Back to Business

22 January 2024

Steven Naismith wants Hearts to reignite their blistering form as the Jambos prepare to welcome Dundee to Tynecastle Park tomorrow.


The Jambos returned from the winter break with a 2-1 win against Spartans in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Ainslie Park on Saturday.


Whilst the winter break brought some needed R&R for the men in maroon, Naismith wants his side to quickly get back into the swing of things when league action resumes tomorrow.


“We’ve built up some good momentum going into the break and results have shown that we’re doing really well,” he told the media ahead of the game.


“If we keep up that consistency as we have over the last few months, we’ll continue to pick up points as we have been recently.


“The break’s been good for the boys, but we need to pick up again as quick as we can. We’re through in the cup and now we’ve got two big games this week. Dundee are very organised and knowing Tony from being in Scotland – he’s a very good coach.


“They’ve reinforced early on in January and they’re a team that’s hungry to do well and progress. The first game against them this season was poor, we must be better in possession, and we know they have threats of their own.”


The boss also provided a team update ahead of tomorrow, with Lawrence Shankland set to return to action whilst several others set to remain of the sidelines for the foreseeable.


“Lawrence trained today and will be in the squad tomorrow,” he added.


“It’s good to have him back because he’s a top player playing some of the best football of his career, so it’ll be good to have him within the group.


“None of the absentees are quite ready yet. Boycie’s been back in training whilst Cammy’s back on the grass doing individual work. Barrie’s probably looking at February by the time he’s back on the pitch. That’s probably on the optimistic side and meaning on the grass rather than ready to play.”