First Team

Boyce getting back to his best

26th February 2020

Liam Boyce thinks last week’s postponed game against St Mirren has given him the best chance possible of facing Rangers this weekend.

The Jambos striker was struck down by a bout of tonsillitis that left him struggling to train.

With the Paisley encounter called off due to the weather, Liam was handed a period of rest and now feels in better shape for this weekend as he has one eye on leading the line against Rangers with a place in the William Shill Scottish Cup semi finals at stake.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “I’m brilliant now. I’m just getting back from having tonsillitis for a couple of days. It sort of went away cleanly.

“I had a sore back since the Falkirk game. At the penalty I flipped over and landed on my back and it aggravated something.

“If anything, the game being off on Friday, and the illness, gave me a couple of days off to let it settle down.

“I’ve been coming in and getting treatment and I feel good now.”

Hearts’ last meeting with Rangers was a baptism of fire for Liam. Signed the day before from Burton Albion, the Northern Ireland international was given an instant Tynecastle debut and fired in what proved to be the winning goal as the Jambos triumphed 2-1.

The 28-year-old admits that fixture was the perfect storm and believes everyone of a maroon persuasion will need to replicate that day in order to have a chance against the Gers on Saturday.

“I thought the way we played, I don’t think Rangers would’ve expected it,” he said. “They like to keep the ball and we were pressing high. It was toing and froing, obviously I had the goal that was offside and I think we ruffled their feathers a bit.

“We need to go out with the same intensity and aggressiveness in the game on Saturday because it’s a one-off cup match and anything and happen. We need to put our stamp on the game and obviously try and win and get to the semi final.

“We can only do what we do and the fans do it and we feed off each other. If someone makes a crunching tackle in the first five minutes it gets them going.

“When you hear that noise it motivates you to do it again and you keep trying to do the right things.

“They’re cheering even when you’re chasing down lost balls and win a thrown in or a corner. Its gets you to cheer and that sort of stuff needs to be happening.

“We both feed off of each other and hopefully we can do that on Saturday.”

Liam’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.