Hearts coach warns players not to ruin title party

Robbie Neilson

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Robbie Neilson is demanding a Hearts win this weekend to ensure Tynecastle’s title celebrations don’t fall flat.

The head coach wants three points against Queen of the South to kickstart the party after promotion was confirmed last Sunday as Hibs lost to Rangers.

Neilson said today he is looking forward to a carnival atmosphere on Saturday but admitted he has ordered his players to focus on the game. He is adamant celebrations should take place only after a positive result, and warned of the risks of a damp atmosphere if Queens spoil the day.

Hearts have won eight matches in a row since losing to Falkirk in January and Neilson stressed that the winning habit must continue through to the end of the season. A capacity home crowd on Saturday will be eager to acclaim their heroes for winning the league, but the Neilson underlined that they must not slip up on the day.

“It’s going to be a great day for the club and the players,” he told the Evening News. “We knew it was going to be a big day whether the title was already won or we had to go and win it on the day. Now that it’s done, I hope the players will enjoy it and I hope the fans enjoy it – but we still need to win the game.

“The be all and end all in football is winning. We need to make sure we prepare properly and we get three points.

“We can’t have a day where we celebrate winning the league and then it’s all flat at 4.45pm because we don’t put in a performance and we don’t get a result.

“Whenever you win a title it’s a great day and I’m sure the fans will be enjoying themselves. We have a period of time now to get ourselves ready for Saturday’s game. Hopefully we’ll have a good day at Tynecastle but, as I said, you only enjoy football when you win games. We need to make sure we do that.”