First Team

Kingsley: We'll be ready for Hampden

25th October 2020

Stephen Kingsley believes Hearts will focus on their gameplan at Hampden next week and let the opposition worry about them.

The Jambos meet Hibs at the national stadium on Saturday with a place in the William Hill Scottish Cup Final up for grabs.

Kingsley and co have enjoyed a terrific start to the 2020/21 campaign, winning all five domestic matches to go unbeaten.

The men in maroon face their capital counterparts, who have enjoyed a much earlier start to the season. However, the left-back feels that his side are in a very good place just now and they’ll go to Hampden focused on playing the way that they want to play.

“You have to adjust your game a little bit in terms of your defensive responsibilities but I’m not going to fully change the way I play,” he said. “We, as a team, want to try and get the ball and control the game, and I want to go and attack and be involved, and be creative in the final third.

“I’m not going to change the way I play. Me and everyone else need to make sure that we’re ready for it.

"I don't think it will be hard to get ourselves up and ready for it. The occasion will build up during the week and the boys will be ready for it.

“We’ve had a good pre-season. I obviously came in a wee bit later but I know the boys have done a lot in pre-season and had a lot of games.

“I know Hibs have had a lot more competitive games than us but I feel like we’re in a great position to really go and compete next week.”

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