First Team

Rock solid

16th February 2018

Michael Smith believes Hearts have solidified and are on the up, thanks to Craig Levein and the experience within the squad.

Michael Smith believes Hearts’ recent run of form has vindicated the decision to bring Craig Levein back into the manager’s role.

The Jambos are in the race for Europe and into the last eight of the Scottish Cup, and the Northern Ireland full-back points to the impact Craig has had on the team, along with the addition of some experienced players during the last two transfer windows, as one of the main reasons why the side are on the up.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Michael said: “It’s going really well. We’ve solidified as a team, we’re conceding fewer goals and we’re winning games. We’re in the quarter finals of the cup and it’s going really well.

“He (Craig) has done brilliantly well. I think all those people (who doubted him) are eating their words now. His record this season speaks for itself since he stepped in. I think it was the right decision and it has been vindicated. The results and where we are, it’s going really well and long may it continue.

“Some of the players that were brought in during the summer; Christophe, Kyle and myself, we’re experienced players and even the players who were brought in in January just shows you what sort of a club we are now.

“Everyone’s taking pride in the shirt and we’re bringing the club back to where it should be.”

Hearts travel to Ross County this weekend looking to close the gap on fourth-placed Hibs, and Michael states that the men in maroon are heading to Dingwall looking to bag all three points.

“We got a good result there last time,” he said. “They’ve been on a bit of a horrible run and we’ve been on a half decent run but it’s another game and they’ll be right up for it, as we will.

“We’re going there in the shape of mind where we’re going there to beat them.”

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