Igor Rossi targets Scottish Cup glory with Hearts

Igor Rossi is well aware of the importance of tomorrow's clash with Aberdeen
Igor Rossi is well aware of the importance of tomorrow's clash with Aberdeen
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HEARTS defender Igor Rossi today outlined his desire to lift silverware in Scotland after only one trophy win in his career.

The Brazilian will make his Scottish Cup debut against Aberdeen tomorrow itching for success in his first season in Edinburgh.

Team-mates have told him all about the tournament’s significance, although Rossi acknowledged the difficulty Hearts face against Derek McInnes’ side. Aberdeen have won both league encounters between the clubs so far this season and will be backed by 3400 fans at Tynecastle.

Rossi’s only success in professional football to date was winning Brazil’s Gaucho State Championship with Internacional in 2009. He is eager to add to that accolade after joining Hearts last July.

“The players have been talking to me about this competition. They say it’s very important and this game is important,” he said in an exclusive Evening News interview. “Aberdeen are a good team and they will give us a very hard game. I just want to win this match, that is important for me and for the club.

“I only won one trophy in my professional career, the Campeonato Gaucho. That was many years ago. It was a very nice memory but I didn’t play every game. Now I play in every game for Hearts and I want to win with Hearts. That is important to me.

“For the last few years, I have not been playing in every game. Now I look forward to every match because I am playing week after week and I am becoming stronger and better.”

The 26-year-old also thanked Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson for helping him feel at home at Riccarton.

“Robbie speaks to me every day. We talk about training, games, everything,” he continued.

“My English is not good but Robbie is a good coach and he always tries to talk to me before and after games. We watch videos and look at positions, passing and everything I do.

“It’s different football here but I could see it was very aggressive before I got here. I saw Celtic and Rangers on TV so I knew I wanted to go there and play. The games are very fast, the scores are 3-3 and 4-3 and it is good entertainment.

“I like Edinburgh, It is a nice city and the people are very friendly. Hearts has been a good time for me.

“At the moment, we are number three in the league but the next game is very hard against Aberdeen. I just want to win this one.”