Hearts boss Craig Levein believes that a potentially daunting fixture list to end the season could benefit the Tynecastle side.
Should Hearts finish in the top six, they would face Aberdeen, Hibernian and Rangers twice, with one game against Kilmarnock and Celtic.
After watching his team lose 1-0 to Hamilton before the international break, Levein think that playing the bigger clubs could suit the Tynecastle side.
“It’s different when we are playing teams who are going to have a go. That’s a different thing altogether,” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.
“I think it could suit us better.”
Hearts’ results against the ‘bigger’ teams this season have been relatively indifferent. They have five victories in 10 games against the other members of the top six so far this season.
A lot could depend on how Hearts fare in the Scottish Cup. Should the Jambos defeat Inverness in the Scottish Cup semi-final and reach the cup final you would imagine that their priorities would change.
Hearts would no doubt concentrate on the cup final, and perhaps rest players for the league games in the run-up to the cup final.
Levein might be correct regarding how his team will fare against the sides in the top six. But a lot will depend on the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness, that game will define Hearts’ season.