Gary Mackay: Every Hearts game is like a cup final

James Keatings celebrates his goal. Picture: Ian Georgeson
James Keatings celebrates his goal. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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As Hearts supporters, we couldn’t have wished for any more in terms of how things have gone in the first half of the season.

It really is quite incredible to have gone halfway through the campaign having dropped only four points from a possible 54.

I think Hearts are now at a stage where it’s very difficult to see who is going to catch us.

You can’t say the title race is over because 15-point leads have been wiped out before, but it’s certainly ours to throw away. We will probably hit a bad patch at some point, but we’ve created so much momentum that you really can’t see it being bad enough that we lose our place at the top of the league.

We might lose key players to injury or suspension, but we’ve already proved on several occasions in recent months that we can get by without pretty much any member of the team.

When a team has a 15-point lead, there might be a tendency to take the foot off the gas, but that won’t be happening while Hearts still have this remarkable unbeaten record to protect.

Every game is like a cup final for Hearts at the moment because the players are desperate to make sure they keep this run going for as long as possible.

No team will be more fired up to end our run than our visitors this weekend. Hibs will come to Tynecastle in rude health themselves and will fancy their chances of putting a spanner in the works.

Both Edinburgh teams are flying at the moment and it’s certainly an exciting game to look forward to, even for the neutral.

If anyone was of a mind to sell their ticket for the match, they could probably command three times face value.

They will be like gold dust this week and hopefully the match lives up to its billing, with both teams having a go at each other.

I think Hearts still have the edge because at no point in the league this season have we shown any softness; Hibs showed their softness as recently as three weeks ago when they lost at Falkirk and Hearts will be confident they can exploit that.