Callum Paterson is not expecting to coast to the end of the season despite Hearts clinching the Scottish Championship title on Sunday.
The 20-year-old full-back was on his way to meet up with the Scotland Under-21 squad when the Jambos’ league win was confirmed. It was the briefest of celebrations for the Gorgie defender, who said: “I was driving to meet up with the squad. When I got out my car I got a text from my mum saying congratulations. That was the end of my celebrations.”
And when he returns from tomorrow’s friendly in Hungary ahead of the home game against Queen of the South on Saturday, Paterson does not anticipate Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson going easy on him or the rest of his team-mates.
“There is no rest,” he said. “We have been doing double sessions and triple sessions throughout the season and that won’t cease, if anything that will probably increase to better ourselves.
“We have a long time to look forward to next season but we want to carry on, we don’t want to say ‘that’s it’. We want to go on and reach a couple of more milestones. We are on target for 100 goals and hopefully we can do that and carry on unbeaten until the end of the season.”
Paterson’s Hearts team-mate Billy King has been drafted into the squad by interim 21s coach Danny Lennon.