Craig Gordon hailed the Hearts support, as the Jam Tarts gear up for a Scottish Cup showdown with Hibs.
A place in the final, and guaranteed European group stage football, is up for grabs for Hearts when we square off against the Leith outfit in the semi-final at Hampden on Saturday.
It’s already advantage-Hearts so far in the double header, having seen off Hibs 3-1 at Tynecastle in the Premiership last week. There’s no danger of complacency setting in within the squad however, with the skipper insisting the job is far from finished.
“It’s another huge game for us. We’re looking forward to it because we’re in a good place at the moment,” he told the press ahead of the semi-final.
“We need to go and do it again and perform to the levels, maybe even a bit better, that we showed at Tynecastle.
“We were down in the Championship when I first came in. We got back up and now things are progressing really well. We don’t want to stop here – it’s important to us that we make an impact and try and reach a group stage of a European competition.
“To do that, we need to keep winning games. If we don’t perform, as we saw in the first twenty minutes at Tynecastle, Hibs can hurt us. It’s up to us to put in the performance we know we’re capable of, if we do that then we know we’re capable of winning the game.”
Craig knows all about Hearts at Hampden, having been part of the fabled squad that hammered Hibs 4-0 in our previous semi-final meeting in 2006, and being in the stands as a fan to see the Jambos lift silverware in years gone by.
With over 20,000+ Hearts fans set to descend on Glasgow come the weekend – a sea of maroon will stretch across the national stadium.
The phenomenal support means so much to the captain, with Craig hoping the team can repay the favour.
“There’s going to be a good Hearts crowd just like there always is! No matter the form of the team, they always turn out in there numbers and back us,” he added.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to be part of a club whose core supporters come to every game around the country. It hammers it home to the players that we’re lucky to have that backing. Hopefully we can give them something to shout about come the end of the game.”
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