First Team

Craig: Focus solely on Rangers

18th April 2019

Craig Levein believes his players are fully focused on the match in front of them, rather than looking ahead to the Scottish Cup final. 

"I've been thinking about Rangers basically. The cup final is too far away to worry about just now and things can happen between now and then," Craig said.

"We've done that, got to the final and that's put to bed for time being and we'll focus on this game."

Rangers are the only side that Hearts have not beaten this season and last time out at Ibrox, the Jambos suffered a 3-0 defeat.

"It's the one team this season I don't think we've performed well against on any of the three occasions we've played," Craig admitted. "We've shown moments in all of those matches where we did pretty good things but we invariably shot ourselves in the foot."

"We have given away stupid goals by individual errors and made it difficult to gain any sort of momentum in the match. My biggest focus this week will be on making sure we're concentrated, we start the game well and give ourselves the best chance possible of feeling good in the match."

A good result on Saturday combined with results elsewhere could see Hearts leapfrog Edinburgh rivals Hibs into fifth place, as well as closing the gap on Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

"That's our intention - to try and get as high up the league as we possibly can. We'll be doing out utmost to win the game on Saturday and the other four league games after that. We can only try our hardest."

You can watch all of Craig's press conference on HeartsTV by clicking here.