Ryan Edwards believes Hearts can bounce back from Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final agony and become even stronger next season.
The Aussie midfielder looked set to be the maroon hero at Hampden after his 52nd minute opener had the Jambos deservedly in front.
Celtic got back on level terms ten minutes later when Odsonne Edouard dispatched from the spot after winning a penalty, before firing the winner with eight minutes remaining.
Putting in an all-action performance at the national stadium, Ryan hopes he impressed enough to earn another chance when the 2019/20 season comes around, and points to the strength of the dressing room which he feels will see his teammates come back from Saturday’s disappointment.
“The changing room is really good and strong,” he said. “We’ll try to keep them all together and bounce back from it next season stronger.
“That was my fifth appearance and I’ve been desperate to show the fans what I can offer.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for me. To start in the Scottish Cup Final makes me so grateful, as well as being at this historically prestigious club, and to start and score is the high but then within half an hour we’re 2-1 down so it’s difficult to process.
“I just wanted an opportunity and I hope I’ve done enough to earn another chance next season.
“Look at the start we made this season, and then a semi-final and a final.
“The club have said we don’t need a lot of signings, if we can strengthen key areas and re-sign Steven Naismith and keep our best players, then the boys can really push on next season because we need to be finishing higher and qualifying for Europe and challenging for trophies.”