First Team

Alim: Big season ahead

25th July 2016

Alim Ozturk insits he and his teammates will regroup and come back stronger after Euro defeat.

Alim Ozturk admits the Hearts dressing room hasn’t been the happiest of places in recent days, but insists lessons will be learned from the Europa League defeat to Birkirkara.

Hearts’ Europa League campaign came to an end after a disappointing 2-1 defeat to the Maltese side last Thursday. The Skipper, however, insists he and his teammates are now fully focused on making a strong start to the league campaign.

Speaking to Hearts TV as he helped launch the brand new Hearts away kit at Dalmeny House, Alim said:

“The first few days after the game everyone was really, really disappointed. But you have to take these lessons board, for many of the guys it was their first experience in Europe.

“It’s important to get the boys going again and move on. Football isn’t just about one game, we have a long season ahead of us. Hopefully at the end of it we can get into Europe once again.

“We have a really important game against Celtic on the opening day to focus on. We will be ready for it.

“The fans were of course disappointed on Thursday, but they are always behind us and I hope they will continue to come out in numbers; first against Fleetwood on Saturday and then for Celtic. It’s always a big boost with the fans behind us.”

The Captain was joined at Dalmeny House by fellow teammates John Souttar, Igor Rossi, Faycal Rherras and Arnaud Djoum as they helped showcase the historic new away kit.

The strip is a modern take on the Scotland jersey worn by club legend Bobby Walker and features Rosebery racing colors.

“Hearts is a big club with a big history so it’s important to recognise that. These colours on the new strip play a part of that history,” Alim explained.