First Team

Brad: It's not over until it's over

7th January 2014

Brad McKay insists Hearts can still defy the odds, and has strong words for any who doubt the Jambos' capabilities

A fired-up Brad McKay insisted any individiuals who expect Hearts to just 'roll over' would have to change their thinking as he spoke to the media in the wake of Sunday's defeat against Partick Thistle.

The 20-year-old centre half spoke honestly and frankly as he discussed Hearts' current battle against relegation, and batted away any suggestions that the season was finished.

"It's obviously difficult for us when we're not getting results, but we have to stay as positive as we can", he explained. "If you're going to sit with your head down and feel sorry for yourself, you're going to crumble and die."

"As long as it's mathematically possible, then we're not going to give up. If anyone is thinking of giving up, they don't deserve to be here, it's as simple as that. There's been too many games that have been 'missed opportunities' for us recently."

The big defender insisted the team hadn't lost their belief yet, but lamented the mistakes in defence that have sadly plagued Hearts all season.

"I know a lot of people are saying it's finished, that's it done, we're dead and buried, but I don't think there's anyone inside the dressing room who believes that yet. A few months ago, we had the chance to get right on Ross County's backs and they won the game with two late goals which was really turned the season for us."

"Mistakes cost a lot of players at the highest level, but we feel like every mistake is resulting in a goal just now. We just have to eradicate them from our game. I've been given a chance that I might not have had, if Webster or Zaliukas had stayed, but I'd extremely grateful for it."

When posed the question of whether this exposure to a highly difficult situation might prove counter-productive to the talented young squad from Riccarton, Brad was firm in his response, brushing aside any notion that playing football for his boyhood side could prove anything other than extremely rewarding.

"Damaging? Nah. It's not damaging me. I love Hearts, I love playing for Hearts. If I only had one leg and I was playing for Hearts, it wouldn't damage me. I can't speak for the other boys, I assume they feel the same, but I can only say it doesn't affect me."

"There's never been pressure at all, with the deduction. Obviously you feel pressure in certain games, pressurised situations, but everyone just expects us to roll over and die anyway. You have to believe. If any of them didn't believe, they wouldn't turn up for training. If any of them think this is over yet, they don't deserve to be here.

"There's plenty of games to go yet. We're not giving up. It's not over until it's over."