Gary Mackay: Hearts have spine for battle ahead

Danny Wilson
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It doesn’t get much better than yesterday as a Hearts fan – it was a magnificent performance and a superb result.

People will rush to criticise Rangers, but Hearts deserve all the plaudits going for silencing a big home support.

To lose an equaliser in added time at Ibrox and still have the audacity to go on and win the game is pretty much unheard of for Hearts during my lifetime.

It was an excellent team performance, but the spine of the team was crucial to our victory.

At one stage in the summer it looked like we might lose Danny Wilson, but thankfully we didn’t because he was absolutely immense.

Morgaro Gomis again looked a quality footballer and, as for Osman Sow, I hope he’s not just hit a purple patch over the past month, because if what we’ve seen so far is anything to go by, he looks like being a superb acquisition.

It’s too early to be talking about the win in relation to what it means in terms of the title race because there’s no doubt Rangers will come back and be in the mix come the end of the season. But yesterday’s game certainly let the Hearts supporters see what their team is capable of and it will also give the players massive belief.

Some people would have expected us to come away with a point at most yesterday, so in many ways we’ve got a bonus three points in the bag, which means we can afford to relax a little bit in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

It may even allow us to take a level of swagger and arrogance into our next game, although we can only have that if we’re able to back it up with our performance.

Sunday’s match against Hibs is another mouthwatering one to look forward to and Tynecastle will be absolutely bouncing.

Like ourselves, they have started the season well, which is brilliant for Edinburgh football.

There was a lot of enthusiasm among the Hearts support ahead of yesterday’s game and that was backed up by the fact we had 1700 vocal fans through there who gave the team incredible backing.

Optimism levels will go through the ceiling if we can win again on Sunday.