First Team

Souttar: Club and fans deserve big day out

14th April 2019

John Souttar insists reaching cup finals should always be a target for Hearts after the Jambos booked their spot in this season’s William Hill Scottish Cup Final.

The Scotland defender was in typical outstanding form at the back, helping to keep a cleansheet, before popping up at the other end to rifle home a right-foot volley which helped to see off Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Delighted to score a rare goal, John revealed that club owner and chair Ann Budge visited the dressing room at full time to pass on her congratulations, leaving John in no doubt that he wants these types of occasions to become the norm for a club like Hearts, so the fans can enjoy their big day out.

“It was good to get a goal,” he said. “It wasn’t like me. I haven’t scored in a wee while to score on an occasion like that was brilliant, especially as we were under pressure at the time.

“I didn’t feel we were under pressure at any point in the first half. It was just a case of moving the ball and not feeling that pressure because obviously the fans were going to get a wee bit stressed.

“As long as we kept our composure. That’s what we said at half time - don’t panic.

“If we kept moving the ball we thought it would come.

“When you score it makes the difference. We took our chances second half, I think that was the only difference.

“It didn’t feel like we were bad first half, we had most of the ball, we created chances and then as soon as you score a goal it’s going to look a bit brighter.

“Ann came in at the end. How much she has done for the club, and the gaffer, too. There are a lot of demands on this club. It’s not easy to play for and I’m sure it’s not easy to manage or own. I was delighted for both of them.

“Ann said she was delighted and you could see it. Where this club has been - to now get to a cup final, it’s sort of a fairytale story.

“It’s happened so quick and it’s great for everyone involved.

“Everyone knows that Hearts need to be in cup finals and finishing high up the league.

“We have got to the cup final and that’s now something for the fans to look forward to.

“They have done so much too and hopefully we can give them a day out they will never forget.

“We had to give the fans something to look forward to at the end of the season. Hopefully they will enjoy their day.”