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Dauda hopes Hearts can challenge

14th May 2016

Abiola Dauda prepares to bid farewell to Hearts support and hopes Jambos can go from strength to strength.

As he comes to the end of his loan spell at Tynecastle, Abiola Dauda insists he sees greater success in Hearts’ immediate future.

After netting the winner against Aberdeen on Thursday night, the Nigerian striker will bid farewell to the Jambos after tomorrow’s match with St Johnstone.

Joining on loan from Vitesse Arnhem in January, Dauda revealed he was pleased to have made a positive impact with the club having joined in search of game time.

“I came here to play and I’ve played. If I stayed at Vitesse, I don’t think I would have played as much as I have here. That’s the reason I came here,” he explained. 

“I’m happy the club wanted me to come and play and I’m happy I have made a contribution in my short time here. It’s a very positive thing for me because I’ve learned a lot. Scottish football is not the same as Dutch football.”

The Scottish Premiership will have a different look to it next season as Rangers return to the top flight, while Celtic are to appoint a new manager following this season’s title success.

WIth a strong Aberdeen side expected to challenge at the top again, Dauda believes Hearts - with some solid recruitment - will be well placed to take advantage of any chances they might get.

“They have the quality, they have a very good group and probably they will bring one or two players in,” he said. “The team is solid. Last season they won the Championship, this season they are in the Premiership and they will play in Europe. I think it is a big achievement for them.”

“They are going in the right direction to keep moving forward and I think they will be great next season. I’m pretty sure they can push on. You never can tell how football can turn and we can all learn from the Leicester story. 

“Celtic might have a very bad season. Maybe Aberdeen will struggle or Rangers might struggle. I think Hearts have the right resources in place to push for the top.”