Robbie Neilson today insisted Hearts’ pulsating start to the new season means absolutely nothing unless they finish top of the Championship next May.
Saturday’s 4-1 win over Falkirk maintained a 100 per cent league record to keep Hearts top of the table on 12 points. Neilson, however, is adamant no-one will get carried away.
The head coach saw two Billy King goals, one from Jordan McGhee and an Osman Sow penalty dispense with Falkirk following wins over Rangers, Hibs and Raith Rovers. Confidence is high at Tynecastle and Neilson declared himself delighted with four wins from four league games. He also stressed Hearts would not relent in their quest to keep winning.
“It’s doesn’t mean anything at all. You’ve got to be top of the league at the end of the season. That’s all that matters,” he told the Evening News. “We need to keep working hard, keep demanding things every day from one another and keep pushing. We keep trying to get the perfect game. It will never come but we need to try and get as close as we can.
“We’ll change the team for every game we’re going to play. It depends on what we think we’ll need and the players know that.
“Nobody is going to be the one to carry the team right the way through. Everybody has to do their bit. If you want to win a championship then everyone has to play their part. Your part might be smaller than somebody else’s but everyone has to pull together.”
Aside from Prince Buaben’s second-half red card on Saturday, Neilson was disappointed Hearts conceded a late goal to Falkirk substitute Botti Bia-Bi.
“The players are unhappy because they know how much I cherish a clean sheet. They know how important I feel it is to work as a team so that we don’t concede goals,” he continued. “To lose one at the end did sour it a little but you need to look at the big picture.
“We’ve won four on the bounce in the league. We have a free weekend this week so we can work on some stuff. Then we go again next month and try to win all our games in September.”
Hearts have had Celtic’s Lewis Toshney on trial and could make a move for the defender if, as expected, he agrees his release from the Premiership champions today.