First Team

Ross relishing opportunity

22nd March 2021

Ross Stewart admits he’s excited at the prospect of getting the chance to impress between the sticks when Hearts meet Brora Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Tueday.

With Craig Gordon on international duty, the goalkeeper’s jersey becomes vacant for the Jambos’ long trip north.

On-loan Livingston keeper Ross wants to savour every moment should he be selected by manager Robbie Neilson at Dudgeon Park.

Speaking to Hearts TV, Ross said: “Just to get out there and get playing again, I’m really excited.

“I’ve been working really hard in training and going to games on Saturdays and midweek and you get to go on the pitch but my opportunity has come along and I’m going to just enjoy every minute of it.

“I won’t prepare myself any differently for this game. I’ll just come in and do my normal things every day. I prepare myself every day like I’m going to play.

“Of course, nothing beats getting out there and playing. That’s what we all aspire to do every week.

“We train hard every week, every day to get back out there and play on Saturday. You can’t beat it.

“It’s going to be a tough game. We need to be right mentally and make sure we’re at it from the first minute until the last.

“They’re going to make it tough. A big name like Hearts coming up to theirs, they’re not going to just let us win.

“I think they’ll sit in, make it a tight game and we’re going to need to try and break them down.”