Hearts manager Robbie Neilson is refusing to rule out his side maintaining a title challenge this season after going eleven games unbeaten so far – but the Tynecastle gaffer knows it is ggoing to be “very difficult” to break the Old Firm’s stranglehold on the title.

The Jambos are the only unbeaten side left in the Premiership this season after five wins and six draws so far and, while he knows he faces a near-impossible task, Neilson admits he’d rather aim for the top and fail than target “middle of the road” and succeed.


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“Our aspirations are to be at the top end of the league. We all know what Scottish football is; with the disparity in finances, it’s very difficult to get there.

“But our aim has got to be to try and get there. If we just aim for middle of the road, we’ll get middle of the road, so we’ve got to aim for that end.


“It’s going to be very difficult, but we’d like to be there.

“The boys have done very well to go through the games undefeated.

“There’s a tinge of disappointment that we didn;t pick as many points as we maybe deserved to, especially towards the latter end as we’ve drawn quite a number of games.

“It’s a good achievement, but it starts again tomorrow.”

Hearts take on Aberdeen at Pittodrie tomorrow afternoon with the Dons looking much more like their old self after a win at Dundee then the 2-2 draw with Rangers.

The Jambos will be hoping to head back down the road with three points though and leapfrog leaders Rangers ahead of their trip to face Motherwell on Sunday.

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