First Team

Robbie: "We're ready"

15th February 2016

Robbie Neilson says his players are ready for Hibs challenge, despite enforced rest at the weekend.

Robbie Neilson doesn’t believes his side has gained an advantage by not playing on Saturday past, ahead of tomorrow night’s Edinburgh derby.

The Jambos head to Easter Road to take on city rivals Hibs in tomorrow’s William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round replay, having had a free weekend following Saturday’s called-off Premiership game against Partick Thistle.

Hibs drew 0-0 away to Livingston on Saturday night, and though the Hearts head coach was glad that some of his stars got the chance to rest their legs, he’d rather have had the chance to gain even more momentum heading into tomorrow night’s replay.

Speaking to Hearts News, he said: “I don’t think we’ve gained much of an advantage by not playing at the weekend.

“We wanted the Partick Thistle game to go ahead, so we could have the chance to continue our good form and continue the momentum that we built up with our win in Dingwall last week.

“It would’ve been good for some to get more game-time under their belts, but it’s given others the chance to rest up after what’s been a very busy schedule.

“Regardless, the players have trained well over the past couple of days and we’ll be ready for Tuesday night.

“We’re really looking forward to it and want to send the fans home happy.”