Gary Mackay: ‘Right stuff’ on show from Hearts

Adam Eckerlsey, third from left, celebrates with team-mates after crossing for Genero Zeefuik to score the winner
Adam Eckerlsey, third from left, celebrates with team-mates after crossing for Genero Zeefuik to score the winner
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I think the biggest indication of the mood around Hearts just now is that we can expect to attract a crowd probably in excess of 15,000 for a home game against Cowdenbeath this weekend.

No disrespect to the Blue Brazil, but such a scenario for any club outwith Rangers and Celtic would usually be unthinkable.

As a club we are in a fantastic place and the supporters are lapping it up and appreciating the excellent work by the players and the management.

The large support who travelled to Dumfries were treated to a rip-roaring game in which Hearts showed once again why they are likely to be crowned champions.

Even this deep into the season, there is still a clear desire to dig out victories as, for the first time this season, we showed we are capable of coming from behind to win games.

That level of resilience is massive when you’re in the situation that Hearts are in.

Rangers had already won on Friday, while Hibs always looked a home banker, so when Hearts went a goal behind, a bit of self-doubt could easily have started to creep in, or, having seemingly done the hard work already this season, they could have downed tools. But this squad is clearly made of the right stuff and they showed that they won’t be derailed from their mission to win the title.

We’ve brought in 12 first-team players this season and the quality is there for all to see.

The strength of our bench alone on Saturday must send out a real message to our rivals.

To be able to go to Queen of the South and start with Osman Sow, Kenny Anderson, Sam Nicholson, James Keatings and Brad McKay, who is Premiership-bound, on the bench highlights the strength in depth we have.

In attack alone, we have brought in four strikers in Keatings, Sow, Soufian El Hassnaoui and Genero Zeefuik, who have all contributed goals, while Anderson is also a goal threat.

Given the success of our recruitment drive this season, if we go up, you can only envisage the squad getting stronger.

The narrative is all positive at Hearts just now.