First Team

Craig wants perfect send-off

2nd May 2019

Craig Levein wants the perfect send-off for side before the Scottish Cup final as they play their final home game of the season ahead of the Hampden showdown.

The Jambos take on Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon in the final Tynecastle Park match of the season.

"We're trying to win," the gaffer said. "We need to put on a better performance than we did against Rangers. There were much better signs on Sunday against Hibs and I'm hopeful we can put on a good show."

They face a Killie side in good form, sitting fourth in the table after another fantastic season under the management of Steve Clarke.

"Stevie's done a remarkable job with them," Craig said. "They set up well in their shape and they're very much a counter-attacking team which can suit going to Celtic Park.

"They beat us at home earlier in the season, and we have to be wary of them setting traps for us to over-commit. I'm a huge admirer of Stevie's and what he's done there."

Craig also revealed why he had made changes to the starting eleven in the Edinburgh Derby last week - including throwing in 17-year-old Connor Smith for his first ever start.

"I wasn't happy with the performance against Rangers so I made changes based on that. Players managed to play well and give me food for thought - that's a good thing so we'll see what Saturday brings.

"I thought we did reasonably well so I won't stray too far from what we did last week."

 

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