First Team

Locke sees similarities to '98 Squad

20th May 2019

Gary Locke admitted he sees a lot of similarities between the 1998 Scottish Cup-winning squad and the current players in the Tynecaslte dressing room.

Speaking exclusively to HeartsTV, the club's principle ambassador reflected on the dressing room he was a part of, as well as winning the Cup for a second time as a member of the backroom staff in 2012.

"In '98 Rangers were the outstanding favourites," Gary said. "You look at the quality they had in their squad, they had world class players."

"We had a really good side as well. One thing about that squad was we genuinely had the belief in ourselves that we would go through there and win. We had that inner belief and a close-knit squad.

"I see a lot of similarities with this squad. It's a close-knit group of boys and on their day they're more than a match for any team in this league.

"If we can go through and replicate our early season form there's no reason why we can't go through there and win the cup again."

The Jambos faced their Hampden opposition last weekend at Celtic Park, with the hosts running out 2-1 winners thanks to a Mikey Johnston double.

Despite the scoreline, it was a hugely encouraging performance from a Hearts side that featured three teenagers.

"It will be difficult," Gary admitted. "Celtic, quite rightly, are league champions again because they've been the best and most consistent team in the league. Clubs are getting closer to them and I think it'll be tight next season.

"On the day, if all the lads turn up we are more than capable of winning the Cup."

You can watch Gary's full interview with HeartsTV by clicking here.