First Team

Craig eyes another Hampden trip

11th March 2022

Craig Gordon says the hunger to make it to Hampden remains as strong as ever, with Hearts preparing to welcome St. Mirren to Tynecastle on Saturday.

A great deal of chat around the game has been centered on the health of the Hearts squad after a curious spate of injuries saw six players pick up injuries at Tannadice last weekend.
Scotland’s number one insists there’s no reason to be worried, as he praised the depth to be found in the maroon men’s squad this season.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good position at this stage of the season,” he told the media ahead of the match.
“The important thing is to keep putting in performances between now and the end of the campaign, to take it from a good season to a special one. We’ve done well up until now, but there’s still a way to go and it’s up to us to finish the job.
“We’re still assessing those injuries so we’ll see who’s available for the weekend. We’re still hopeful on a few and, if they’re not ready, we’ve got strength in depth with players who can come in and take the opportunity and run with it.
“There’s no need to panic about anything. We’ll find out more about what’s happening come Saturday.”
Craig has enjoyed more than a few trips to the national stadium during his glittering career with the JTs, and now, still going strong at 39, the big man insists he remains just as hungry to see maroon and white ribbons on the cup once again.
“I’m always motivated to try and get to cup finals! We have to get through this one, but we’d potentially be only two more games until the final. It’ll be difficult, St. Mirren are in a good place after Dundee, so we need to be focused.
“We’ve obviously had a few trips to Hampden over the years, some good memories and some results that weren’t. I think if you keep getting yourself to those positions, you’re more likely to win one.”