First Team

Final focus

21st May 2019

Austin MacPhee believes the first-team’s training camp in St Andrews will play a crucial part in developing Hearts' game plan for Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.

The Jambos headed to the coastal town immediately after Sunday’s narrow Ladbrokes Premiership defeat at Celtic to kick off a four-day training camp.

Assistant Manager Austin thinks the chance to work with the players non-stop over this period will be beneficial as preparations continue for the showpiece Hampden final against Celtic.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Austin said; “It was great to come straight up here after the game at Parkhead.

“We wanted to try and get as much clarity with the players, in what we’re going to try and do at Hampden, at the start of the week so the last couple of days before the final is more their time to focus.

“To be able to be with the players for three-and-a-half days straight through allows us to do more.

“When we’re at the hotel and they’re off their feet we can still do a lot of work with them on how we want to prepare the team.

“It’s just a calm environment and it’s also (good) for the players to have a bit of time with each other.

“Hopefully when we leave here on Wednesday everybody is really clear about the game plan and how we’re going to try and go about winning the Scottish Cup.”

Austin’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.