Robbie Neilson says Hearts’ 3-1 defeat to Rangers in the final Premiership match of the season wasn’t good enough, and warned his players there needs to be a vast improvement in performance ahead of the Scottish Cup final.
The Jambos signed off the 2021/22 Premiership campaign in Gorgie this afternoon, but those of a maroon persuasion inside Tynecastle were left frustrated as Rangers secured a comfortable win.
Peter Haring’s first half goal was cancelled out by strikes from Cedric Itten, Alex Lowry and Cole McKinnon, and the manager knows his players need to quickly get back to their top level ahead of our trip to Hampden in a week’s time.
“The fans have been magnificent all season and the boys have been the same, apart from today. I was really disappointed with the display but I think in the back of everyone’s mind was the big one next week,” he told Hearts TV.
“We need to be back in Monday morning and be at it and make sure we give ourselves a chance. I was so disappointed with the display. It had a real end-of-season feel to it which just isn’t good enough. The players know that because we’ve already spoken to them about it.
“Like I said; we need to get on the training pitch on Monday morning and be at it, because if we go into the cup final playing like we did today, then we’re going to be turned over.”
Injury fears were realised when Liam Boyce was forced off early in the first half, but Robbie hopes that the Irishman’s issue will clear up with relative speed.
“Liam’s got a tight groin; he hopes it’s just a mild one and it’ll settle down in the next couple of days.”