Club News

"Staying alive better than 1-5"

17th April 2014

Gary Locke reveals yesterday's positive news from Lithuania means more to him than famous Scottish Cup win.

Gary Locke has revealed that hearing yesterday's share transfer news felt better to him than winning the Scottish Cup Final 5-1 over Hibs.

The creditors committee of Ukio Bankas yesterday agreed the transfer of its shareholding in Heart of Midlothian FC to Bidco, the Ann Budge-backed company taking over the club. This development delighted the manager, who is confident that the club now has a bright future ahead.

Speaking at this morning's pre-match press conference, Gary said: "Yesterday's phone call (with the share transfer news) felt better than the 5-1 Scottish Cup Final because we now know that we've got an opportunity where we can get back to finals and get back to being successful.

"This time last week we were sitting here and that might not have been a possibility. There's no doubt about it that yesterday's news was fantastic. It was a day that is hopefully a new start for the football club and we can move forward again and rebuild.
"There's a lot of work to be done but with the nucleus of the players that we've got here, I think that the club has got a fantastic future.

"I spoke to Bryan Jackson yesterday and he said that we've still got a little bit to go but, certainly, the signs are positive which is fantastic for everyone."

While the club continues to take steps in the right direction, Gary confirmed that he's still focused on matters on the pitch as Ross County visit Tynecastle on Saturday.

"We're up against a really good side," he said. "It's been close between ourselves and Ross County this season. We've drawn and we've both won a fixture so it just shows you that there's not a lot between the sides. I think they're bringing down a few supporters as well.

"It'll be a great occasion to look forward to and hopefully we can get close to a full house. It's a big day for us in terms of thanking the supporters for their support all season.

"We've just got to go and put in performances like what we have done of late, and try and get positive results because that's the least that our supporters deserve.

"Paul McCallum is out. He's struggled for the last two or three weeks with an ankle problem and he's finding it very difficult to shift that. Callum Tapping is still out as he's had a little setback as well.

"Jamie Walker did really well the other night for the U20s. He got a couple of goals and I'm delighted that he managed to get 90 minutes under his belt so he'll come into contention. Everybody else is fit."

Gary's press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.