First Team

Robbie reacts to semi-final draw

15th March 2022

Robbie Neilson can’t wait for his Hearts side to run out to a sea of maroon when the Jambos face Hibs at Hampden.

The Edinburgh rivals were paired together in last night’s Scottish Cup semi-final draw, with either Rangers or Celtic awaiting the victors.

Having experienced semi-final success behind closed doors against Hibs not too long ago, the manager is eager to repeat the feat but this time in a national stadium full of Hearts fans.

Until the time comes, however, Robbie will have his focus fully on the Jam Tarts’ cinch Premiership campaign, which continues on Saturday when Livingston come to town.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, he said: “It’s an exciting tie for the club as a whole; for the players, the staff and the fans.

“Derby games are always huge and this one being in the final four of the Scottish Cup means that it will take on an even greater significance, but this team takes everything in its stride and we’ll relish the challenge.

“We had success against Hibs at the same stage of this competition a couple of years ago but it wasn’t the same without our supporters there, so to be able to play this game in front of tens of thousands of Hearts fans is something we’re really looking forward to.

“But there is a lot of work to be done before we start thinking about the semi-final. We’ve recently had some excellent results and we want to keep that going when we host Livingston on Saturday.

“The aim here is to win every game we play in, be it in the league or the cup, so while we’ll fully prepare for the semi-final when the time comes, all eyes are on this weekend’s match with Livi and trying to win another three points.”