HEAD coach Robbie Neilson today warned Hearts that “only winning will do” as his side target six points from their next two games to edge them closer to the league title.
The Edinburgh club sit 20 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship and are just six victories away from securing the title.
Neilson is keen not to look too far ahead and is concentrating on the two upcoming home matches against Cowdenbeath and Dumbarton. The Fife club visit Tynecastle tomorrow and Hearts then have a two-week break as they are not in Scottish Cup action next weekend. Dumbarton travel to Gorgie on Saturday, March 14, for the second of two fixtures which Neilson has labelled “must-win”.
He stressed that winning the league has come sharply into focus in recent weeks as Hearts have surged further ahead of closest rivals Rangers and Hibs at the top of the league. Rangers have three games in hand but Neilson knows his club can be champions by early April if they simply keep on winning. He said he will not accept anything less.
“We use [the league] as a motivation at the moment to win every game. If we want to win the title, we have to win these games,” he told the Evening News.
“At the start of the season we took it game by game but now we have a target. We need to win matches. We can’t come into Saturday’s game and just draw. It’s the same next week and the week after. We have two home games and we want six points. It’s getting that mentality into the boys that drawing isn’t good enough, only winning will do.”
Hearts will make a late decision on the fitness of midfielder Prince Buaben, who remains doubtful because of a toe injury.