Hearts star Jake Mulraney has admitted that he’s trying to treat facing former club Inverness Caley Thistle as “just another game” when they meet in Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.
The Irishman left the Highlands last summer to move to Tynecastle and will go head-to-head with a few familiar faces and is expecting a “bit of stick” from some of his former team-mates.
Mulraney spent two years with Caley before his move to Hearts but insists he’s more focused on reaching the final than who the Jambos need to beat on the way there.
“I have to just treat it as another game. I’m just looking to get to the final, really,” Mulraney said, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.
“I don’t really care who we beat. We really want to get to the final.
“I’m sure I’ll get a bit of stick on the pitch from a few of the Inverness boys. Aaron Doran is a funny guy so I expect I’ll get one or two comments from him during the game.”
Mulraney has made 24 appearances for Craig Levein’s side so far this season and started the 2-1 defeat by Hibs at the weekend.
The 23-year-old has never been to Hampden before – either as a fan or player – and will be hoping to make his first appearance at the national stadium a memorable one.
With Celtic or Aberdeen awaiting the winners in the final, the Jambos have a tough task ahead to get their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2012.