Robbie Neilson insists his side will continue to push Aberdeen for second place as he sets his sights on a strong finish to the season.
The Jambos’ recent 0-0 draw at Inverness CT was enough to secure a return to European football next season, but the Head Coach insists his team are fully focused on winning their remaining five games – starting with a visit to Fir Park on Saturday.
Speaking to Hearts TV, Robbie said:
“We’ve still got a chance of catching Aberdeen, yes it will be difficult given the points difference and the form they’re in, but it’s something we have to aim for.
“It starts with Motherwell on Saturday and they have been great since Mark (McGhee) came in. It took him a few games to find a formation that suited them well and they’ve been causing teams problems ever since.
“I expect them to cause us a few problems on Saturday, but I still think it’s a place where we should be picking up three points.
“We’ve had a wee rest from games and the players are ready to go. We’ve got a couple of suspensions but we’re prepared for the huge games we have coming up. “
A third-place finish would see Hearts kick off their European campaign on June 30th, meaning a relatively short close season for the players. Robbie is keen to hit the ground running, however, and revealed the players will be active during their break.
“The boys will be coming in once or twice a week during their break just to keep them fresh. European football is really important to us and we have to be ready to go,” he explained.