First Team

Robbie's faith ahead of Hampden final

20th May 2022

Robbie Neilson says he has faith in his players to reach the finish line, as Hearts ready themselves for the climax to the season.

The JTs face Rangers at Hampden tomorrow in the Scottish Cup final as the boys in maroon aim to lift a ninth Scottish Cup and sign off a successful campaign in style.
 
The manager knows that opportunities to win silverware don’t come around often, as he savours another big occasion for the club at Hampden.
 
“It’s a great game to be involved in. The rest of the league is done and away on their holidays whilst we’ve got this massive game to look forward to with a chance to win a trophy,” he told the media in his cup final preview.
 
“We know it’s going to be a tough game and we need to be ready for it, but we’re all very excited for the weekend.
 
“There have been a lot of teams at Hearts over the years that have finished third, qualified for Europe, and gotten to cup finals. There’s been very few that have won it. We’ve got an opportunity to do it and what an opportunity it is.
 
“You always want your squad to be fully fit and with five, six, or ten games under their belt to be ready. It’s a case of seeing who’s in form, who’s fit enough to feature. There’s a lot of different aspects to look at.”
 
With so much work done in preparation for such a massive game – what’s the main message that Robbie is trying to get over to his team?
 
“The main point always is just to stay calm,” he explained.
 
“Sometimes players can try and play a different type of game than usual because they’re in a big environment, but we know exactly what we’re doing.
 
“I’m not going to get too high about anything. If we win this, it’ll be great. We’ll celebrate but then the focus becomes on next season and trying to do it again in Europe and maintaining consistency within the league.
 
 “We’ve been doing it all season. Now we need to trust the players to go and do it.”