First team

Shanks: Ready for Hampden

03 November 2023

Lawrence Shankland says Hearts’ aim at Hampden on Sunday is simple: try and topple Rangers.


The Jambos head to Glasgow for a showdown with the Ibrox side, with a spot in the Viaplay Cup final within touching distance.


Asked what the key to beating Rangers is, the skipper gave a straightforward answer.


“Win. At all costs,” he told the media ahead of the game.


“The task is simple. A semi-final at the national stadium is always a big occasion and one we’re all looking forward to. In these games, it’s just about winning.


“There’s a lot of different factors, it’s probably the occasion more than the game. You can easily find yourself caught up in the noise around the game. We just need to focus on the task at hand: which is beating Rangers over 90 minutes or more.


“The last time I was at Hampden was with Dundee United. This is my first experience going with Hearts and it’s one I’m looking forward to. We want to go there with a fresh mind. We had a good performance at Ibrox last week, albeit, the last ten minutes didn’t go to plan.


“We’ll take the positives from that going into this. I’m really excited to lead the boys out at Hampden as captain, so hopefully we can go and get the right result.”