Zeefuik wants derby winner as parting gift to Hearts

Genero Zeefuik scored in his last outing for Hearts against Rangers. Pic: Jane Barlow
Genero Zeefuik scored in his last outing for Hearts against Rangers. Pic: Jane Barlow
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Genero Zeefuik is targeting a winning goal in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby as a farewell gift to the Hearts support.

The Dutch forward is due to return to FC Groningen next month when his loan deal expires and wants a goal against Hibs before he leaves. He has enjoyed a fine run of scoring form since arriving in Scotland in January, with ten goals in 12 games for Hearts so far. That puts him in contention to finish the season as top scorer in the Scottish Championship despite only playing half the campaign.

Zeefuik, pictured, was left out of the team on Wednesday evening as Hearts beat Alloa 3-0, but is certain to return for Sunday’s trip to Easter Road. Head coach Robbie Neilson took the chance to give some key players a rest, with Alim Ozturk, Jamie Walker and Osman Sow also rested.

Zeefuik is now fresh and ready for the derby and is eager to make an impact in what he called “the game of the season”.

“Everybody talks about Hibs. They say it’s a great game to play in,” he said. “If I can score against the Hibs then it would be fantastic. If I can score and maybe we win 1-0, I will be very happy.

“I just want to play well for the team and for my team-mates. I try to do that in every game but if you are a striker then it is your job to score goals. Everybody says Hibs is the game of the season. I know it’s a big game. A lot of people will be in the stadium so we will see what happens on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, the Hearts captain Danny Wilson is facing a suspension after receiving his sixth league caution of the season against Alloa on Wednesday night.

He was yellow carded for a late tackle on Liam Buchanan in the 72nd minute of Hearts’ 3-0 win. That means he will now serve a one-game ban in the penultimate league game of the campaign at Cowdenbeath on Saturday, April 25.