First Team

Robbie: For the fans

1st December 2016

Head coach dedicates win to 'magnificent' Hearts support as Rangers are brushed aside.

Robbie Neilson hailed a very special evening for Heart of Midlothian, and dedicated it to the supporters, as Hearts comfortably brushed aside Rangers 2-0 at Tynecastle.

The Jambos leapt into second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership thanks to Robbie Muirhead’s double - his first goals for the club - and the head coach was quick to praise the players for the effort they showed.

“The players won the match, look at guys like Perry Kitchen, dominated Rangers in the midfield, that’s why we brought him here,” said Robbie. “Walker, Paterson, Liam Smith, boys like John Souttar and Robbie Muirhead who weren’t getting a game at Dundee United, they come here and we give them a chance. Jack Hamilton too. That’s what we’re all about.

“We’ll have ups and downs, winning five on the bounce, maybe going five without a win, but the ethos of the club is there for us to see. It’s all about the players, not the management, and tonight I was really proud of them.”

The Glasgow side were restricted to just one effort on target in the entire match as the Jambos recorded their second win on the bounce, and are now five games unbeaten in the league.

Having seen the dire situation the club was in less than three years ago, the remarkable rise and revolutionising of the club was not lost on Robbie.

“I thought it was one of the best performances I have seen in my time here. This club has been on a long journey from the Championship to second in the league. It is phenomenal. It’s a great night for Hearts.

“When you look at the situation this club was in two-and-a-half years ago, to beat Rangers 2-0 to go second in the Premiership is magnificent.”

Finally, Robbie paid tribute to the outstanding Heart of Midlothian support, as another sell-out crowd roared the team to victory under the floodlights on what will be a night long remembered around Gorgie way.

“The fans here are amazing, there is no other club in the world that backs their team like the fans here do. They put their hand in their pockets every month to drive the place forward, to build a new stand, to help us to get from relegation to the Championship back to where we are now.

“It will only get better from here. The finances will improve, the playing budget will increase and things will kick on again. Ann Budge and the Foundation of Hearts have brought finances and stability to this club. That is the key. The players, the fans and the owners drive this club.

“The fans were happy, the place was rocking. That’s what matters. We’ve had troubles in the past – now we’re back.”