First Team

Robbie: We've got quality within the ranks

10th March 2022

Robbie Neilson waved away suggestions that Hearts’ injury list would slow the Jambos down, ahead of a crunch quarter-final clash with St. Mirren.

The club’s medical department at Oriam are still assessing the extent of the damage for the injured players from last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Dundee United at Tannadice.
 
Even if the worst came to pass, Robbie says he’s relaxed about the situation and reckons Hearts have quality waiting in the wings to step up to the plate should they be called upon.
 
“Over the season, we’ve had very few injuries and now we’re in a position where we’ve picked up a number in a few days. We’ve got a good quality squad so we should be fine,” he told the media at press.
 
“I already have 90% of my team for Saturday in my head, and there are a few that are borderline and will be tested on the Saturday morning. We’re a small squad but a high quality one. Any one of our 18-first team players can slot in and still comfortably be a top four team.
 
“It’s the luck of the game sometimes to get injuries like that, we just need to deal with it.”
 
The Paisley Buddies arrive in the capital on Saturday night with a spot in the semi-final at Hampden on the line.
 
A night game, the floodlights on, and a rocking Tynecastle: all the ingredients for a cracking cup clash are there – and the manager admitted he couldn’t wait.
 
“They’ll be on a high after their late winner the other night. They’ve flitted between three and four at the back and stuck with four at Dundee. I’d imagine they’d stick with that going forward.
 
“This is massive for us. A club of Hearts’ stature: we want to win trophies, challenge at the top of the league and push for European football. Scottish Cup is a big opportunity for us: we’re in the last eight, home tie, and we want to try and win it.
 
“For me, Tynecastle under the floodlights is one of the best places to play. When all the fans come in and are there for kick-off, the place will be rocking. It’s always a good atmosphere and I’m sure we’ll be ready for it.”