First Team

Robbie ready for Queens

4th December 2014

Robbie Neilson solely focused on QoS match and welcomes back captain into squad.

Robbie Neilson insists he’s moved on from the disappointment of last Sunday’s game against Celtic and is ready to carry on this season’s fantastic league form against Queen of the South on Saturday.

The Jambos host the Doonhamers at Tynecastle this weekend and head coach Robbie wants to draw a line under Sunday’s events.

Speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference, he said: “We’ve been trying to focus on the football side of it, to be honest. Ann put out her statement and I thought it was a great statement, and the club will stand by that.

“I spoke to referee’s supervisor John Fleming after the game and I was told that there would be contact but there wasn’t any. John said that either he would phone me or the referee, Willie Collum, would phone me but I’ve had nothing yet.

“It’s disappointing because we go along to the referee’s meetings and we talk about forming a relationship with the coaches and the players and referees but if there’s not going to be any conversations then we won’t have a relationship. It’s disappointing but not surprising.

“I still hold the same views from the game but to be honest with you, I’ve moved on. It’s not my focus any more. I was disappointed after the game but no matter what happens now, or what the fallout is over it, it’s not going to affect our game on Saturday against Queen of the South.

“My role here is to continue to try and keep the team winning. What’s done is done. We move on and we now focus on the game on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday, it should be a good game. Queen of the South are, for me, one of the top teams in the league. You got ourselves, Rangers and Hibs and I always thought Queen of the South would be there or thereabouts. They’ve got a strong squad, experienced players and they’ve been together for a few years.”

Robbie revealed he should be able to welcome skipper Danny Wilson back into the fold for the first time in over a month.

“We’ve still got a few injures but the majority of them are coming back,” he said. “I expect Danny to be part of the squad. It’s good to get him back. He’s a huge player for us and gives us an advantage both defensively and attacking as well.

“We’ve taken our time with him this time to make sure that he’s right because December and January are huge months for us.”

Robbie’s press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.