Hearts midfielder Jake Mulraney firmly believes that the Tynecastle side can challenge for honours next season. Despite finishing in sixth place in the Premiership, Mulraney thinks that Hearts can take inspiration from their battling performance in the Scottish Cup Final.

“Next season we need to play with the same mentality against some of the lesser teams that we’ve shown against Celtic” he said, as reported by the Evening News.

“Really do well”

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“If we do that, and apply ourselves the way we did in the final, we could really do well next season.”

Hearts produced a performance to be proud of in the cup final. They stifled Celtic for much of the game before eventually falling to an agonising 2-1 defeat.

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Mulraney is correct in the sense that if Hearts perform as well as they did in the cup final they could challenge next season.

Need more consistency

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But they will need to be far more consistent on a regular basis. It will take a lot of changes for a team that finished sixth to all of a sudden challenge for the league.

The Jambos may well find success in the cups though, should they stick to the blueprint which brought close to success against Celtic.

Craig Levein seems to have found a formula which gives his team a chance against Scotland’s best. Should they keep to the formula next season, Mulraney’s claims could be correct.

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