First Team

MacLean staking claim for place

9th May 2019

Steven MacLean is doing "whatever he can" to be involved in the Scottish Cup final on May 25th - starting with another good performance on Friday night.

With fellow strikers Uche Ikpeazu, Steven Naismith and Aidan Keena all out injured, MacLean is expected to lead the line tomorrow night against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

"Obviously, there's big games coming up and I'm trying to stake a place to play," Steven said. "Everybody's got the same goal and I'm no different. 

"Hopefully I'm in the manager's thoughts and with my performances of late hopefully I can get there. I've got to do whatever I can and hopefully be involved on the big day."

The Jambos are looking to bounce back after a narrow loss against Kilmarnock last Saturday which was only settled by an 86th minute goal from Stuart Findlay.

"Saturday against Kilmarnock was a tight game. They got their goal from the set play. We had a couple of chances. If we'd scored first we probably would've won, it was one of those games. Fair play to Kilmarnock, they're good at what they do and they've done it again."

Despite the loss last weekend, MacLean insisted that he and his teammates are still optimistic about their chances.

"I think we're positive in the dressing room and we're looking forward to the games coming up.

"We've got a big game against Aberdeen on Friday and then Celtic in the league. It's important that we try and get a couple of good performances and then look forward to the Cup final, but I don't think they'll have any bearing on the Cup final."

You can watch all of Steven's press conference on HeartsTV by clicking here.