First Team

Sean ready for Sunday audition

17th May 2019

Sean Clare wants to give himself the best chance of playing in the Scottish Cup final with a good performance against Celtic on Sunday.

The 22-year-old has started three of the last five games and came off the bench in the semi-final against Inverness to score from the penalty spot.

"It’s still a big game," Sean said. "We’ll go into it with full focus and aim to come out there with a result. We need to play like that for us to be focused for the final.

"We can’t just chuck it away and think we’ll focus on the final – it doesn’t work like that. Everyone who plays needs to get the most out of it that they can."

Although Sean is fully focused on Sunday's game, when the curtain comes down on the league season, he admitted he is desperate for the chance to start his first professional final.

"It’s the same for everyone. Anyone who is fit right now wants to start that game, or play a part, and ultimately win it. It would be massive for the club as a whole.

"It would be my first professional final and it would be amazing. I’d obviously rather us win but personally I want to play in it too. It’s about weighing it up and putting myself in the best light before that game and giving myself the best chance of playing."

Craig Levein has already said that it will be a younger side facing Celtic on Sunday and Sean is aware that there is still a chance for some youngsters to claim their place at Hampden Park.

"It’s a game where we’ve got nothing to lose. If the team has been changed and there’s a few young lads, it’s a chance for them to stake a claim to the final.

"It’ll be a good side, whatever team Celtic put out. We’ve got good enough young and old players to play well. We aren’t chucking the game. It’s a chance for other people to be seen."

You can watch Sean's press conference in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.