First Team

MacLean's words of wisdom

22nd May 2019

Steven MacLean will look to pass on his experience to Hearts’ young guns as they bid to lift silverware on Saturday.

No stranger to Scottish Cup success, MacLean has twice lifted the world’s oldest football trophy and will look to do so again this weekend when the Jambos meet Celtic at Hampden in the Scottish Cup Final in the season’s showpiece occasion.

He’s not the only one with Hampden experience, with Christophe Berra winning the competition in 2006 and John Souttar a Scotland regular, and with Steven Naismith also sharing his wisdom, MacLean believes that the senior players’ experience will stand those unfamiliar with the venue in good stead for Saturday.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “If you’ve been there and you’ve done it then it definitely helps because you know what’s about to come.

“It’s important that we help the younger players and the players who haven’t been there and let them know what’s around the corner.

“If we can pass on our experiences to them then it can only help the squad.

“A few of us have been there and done it but we’ll still be excited and we’ll still be looking forward to it.”

The first team has spent the last few days at a training camp in St Andrews as they prepare for the big day.

The striker has been impressed with the standard of training as excitement continues to build both inside the squad and amongst the fans.

“I think the squad is quietly confident,” he said. “We’ve done a lot preparation and we’ll do more at the end of the week.

“We’re going about our business the right way and we’ll be ready for the game.

“We’re going to go into the game and we’re going to be very hopeful.

“We need to play well, first and foremost, and then we’ll need a bit of luck but we’ll be ready and we’ll be giving it everything possible to win the game.”

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