Conor Sammon on 'frustrating' Hearts spell, Scottish Cup clash and 'nothing to prove' to the Tynecastle support

Hearts will face Conor Sammon in the next round of the Scottish Cup

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:48 am
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 1:59 pm
Conor Sammon is set to face his old club in the Scottish Cup. Picture: SNS

Ex-Hearts striker Conor Sammon helped Falkirk set up a Scottish Cup fifth round tie with his former club.

The Irishman netted the second goal in a 2-0 win over Arbroath on Tuesday. A result which will now see Daniel Stendel's men travel to face League One opposition for a place in the quarter-finals.

It was Sammon's tenth strike of the campaign for the Bairns having dropped down to League One in the summer.

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The Irishman has scored 10 goals for Falkirk. Picture: SNS

It will be the first time the striker lines up against Hearts in nine years, when he was with Kilmarnock, ahead of a move to then Premier League outfit Wigan Athletic.

Sammon moved back north to join the Tynecastle side in 2016 as Robbie Neilson attempted to build on the squad which had finished third.

Despite a man of the match award in his fourth appearance, a 2-1 defeat to Maltese side Birkikara, he played just 27 appearances before leaving the club in the summer.

The striker had three separate loan spells away from Tynecastle but doesn't feel he has to prove anything to a support which never seemed to take to him.

He told Deadline News: “My time at Hearts was frustrating. I was signed by Robbie Neilson and when he left a new manager came in and I was out.

“They are a huge club with a massive fan base. Hearts have so much potential so I am looking forward to coming up against them. It isn’t just me, but all the lads.

“I know Hearts have struggled a bit this season but they are a good side. Maybe the Rangers result will see them turn a corner.

“I don’t think I have a point to prove to anyone at Hearts. As a player, you are just looking to make a mark in every game you play in.

“We will be looking to cause an upset against a Premiership team."