Robbie Neilson sets team and individual targets for rest of season
Manager Robbie Neilson is targeting a maximum points haul from Hearts’ final three Championship matches so they can finish the league with a sizeable gap between them and the rest.
The Tynecastle outfit were crowned title last weekend after nearest challengers Raith and Dundee drew their games in the wake of Hearts’ 6-0 win over Alloa, meaning that the Jambos will play in the Premiership next term.
Hearts are currently ten points clear of Raith in second place and have matches with Morton (a), Inverness (h) and Raith (away) before the end of the season and Neilson wants his players to keep their foot to the floor.
"We’ll just train as normal this week,” said Neilson. “We’ve got three games to go and it’s really important that we pick up nine points from them. We want to create as big a gap as we can.”
Neilson also hopes that top-scorer Liam Boyce can finish the season with 20 goals. The Northern Ireland internationalist is currently on 16 strikes and has been a key part of Hearts’ team.
“Liam Boyce has got 16 goals this season and when you got and win a league, you need somebody that’s going to get double figures and nearer the 20-mark,” added Neilson. “I’m still hopeful that he can get to that. He’s been a key striker for us.
“I also thought [Armand] Gnanduillet played well against Alloa. He’s sitting on five goals from 12 games, which is great, and then we’ve got Hendo [Euan Henderson] contributing too.”