Neilson: Hearts have mentality for title tilt

Robbie Neilson says there is a 'strong will' in the Hearts dressing-room. Pic: David Lamb

Robbie Neilson says there is a 'strong will' in the Hearts dressing-room. Pic: David Lamb

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Robbie Neilson is confident his Hearts squad is mentally strong enough to deal with the demands of sustaining a title challenge.

The Tynecastle side are nine points clear of Rangers at the top of the Championship, having won nine of their ten league matches so far.

Ibrox striker Kenny Miller, who has won league titles before, last week questioned whether Hearts would have the experience or the mentality to get over the line in pole position come the end of the season.

While refusing to make any grand boasts about how things will pan out, head coach Neilson believes he has assembled a group of players who would have enough steel to negotiate the business end of a championship challenge.

“We’ll see,” he said, when asked about Miller’s comments. “It’s for us to show people what we’ve got. I’m confident we’ve got a strong group here. There’s a long, long way to go and we know that, and that’s why we just take it one game at a time.

“You can’t start looking at what’s going to happen in April or May because you can’t deal with it just now – you can only deal with who you’re playing in the upcoming weekend. That’s all you can focus on.

“There’s a strong will in the dressing-room to win games and try and win the title. If they keep working hard and doing the right things, they’ll get their rewards at the end of the season.”