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Winner's medal drives Adam

28th November 2014

Adam Eckersley out for career-first cup winner's medal.

Adam Eckersley insists he’ll be going all-out to go on a Scottish Cup run this season as he bids to win a maiden cup winner's medal.

The Jambos’ left-back admits that, while he’s won league championships, he’s never lifted a knockout competition trophy before, and believes now is the perfect time to rectify that when Celtic come to Tynecastle on Sunday.

“I think definitely, the club’s priority is to get promoted,” he said. “Then, for us, anything that comes on top of that is a big bonus. If you ask me personally, I’d love to win the Scottish Cup. But, first and foremost is promotion.

“To be fair, my cup history hasn’t been the best. I’ve never actually won a major cup. Hopefully this year that will change and we can maybe go on a bit of a run.

“I want to win some trophies throughout my career, so why not start now?”

Standing between Hearts and the next round is the formidable presence of Scottish Premiership champions Celtic. Having already faced the Glasgow side this season – losing 3-0 in the Scottish League Cup – Adam knows the size of the task at hand.

“Celtic have got some very, very good players,” he said. “Even when you’re stood next to them in the tunnel, the physicality and how well-built they all are is a different level.

“But these are the games that we want to play in. It’s going to be a good game on Sunday and we’re all looking forward to it.

We should just continue playing our own game. We play some really nice football. I think we’re quite a physical team, we’re a very young team but I still think we can match teams by putting our foot in.

“If we just stick to the plan and do what we’ve been doing most weeks to teams then I think it’ll be a tough game for them as well.”