First Team

Manager demands improvements

25th March 2021

Robbie Neilson knows that standards must improve heading into the final stages of the Championship season.

Sitting 16 points clear at the top, the Jambos were knocked out of the Scottish Cup in midweek by Highland League side Brora Rangers, a result the manager branded as ‘unacceptable’.  

Resuming league duty with the visit of Queen of the South on Saturday, the manager stated that everyone, from players to staff, must look to improve their performance so that there is never a repeat performance like the one in the Highlands.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Robbie said: “There is nobody more upset than me after Tuesday night’s performance.

“After a result and performance like we had on Tuesday night I would expect any manager to be under scrutiny.

“You accept that when you come in to the job.

“I carry the can for the team and we didn’t get anywhere near the levels expected of us.

“I have been here for a number of years as a player and a number of years as the manager and I know the standard we have to get to.

“When you wear the maroon jersey you are expected to give everything and get results and we didn’t do that.

“There will not be anyone driving harder than me to make sure that gets put right.

“We have to look at ourselves in the mirror, all of us in the football department – manager, coaches, players and staff – and see where we can improve to move forward.”