Hearts centre-back Craig Halkett has revealed that he and his Tynecastle have been thinking about a Scottish Cup Final since they started pre-season training.

Of course, last season’s tournament was brought to an early half in March, as Scottish football went into lockdown. When the tournament resumed in October, Hearts defeated Hibernian 2-1 in the semi-final to reach a second Scottish Cup Final in a row.

Second final in two years

Just like last season, Hearts will take on Celtic in the final, this time looking for a better outcome than last season’s 2-1 defeat.

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Craig Halkett makes a tackle in Hearts’ Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hibernian (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Now the 25-year-old has disclosed that getting to the final was always in the player’s minds, although getting promoted back to the Premiership remains the first priority for the team.

“It’s been a heck of a year but this game has always been in the back of our heads, even when we started pre-season” he said (Edinburgh Evening News).

“Now it’s here”

“The main target was always the league but the Scottish Cup was also a big one. Now it’s here” he continued.

Halkett has never played in a cup final before, and he has confessed that he does not know what kind of game it is going to be like. A situation that is not helped by the fact that the game is being played in December instead of May, and no fans will be in attendance.

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Craig Halkett at Hearts’ training ground (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It’s hard to say you will treat it as a normal game because it’s not. It’s a Scottish Cup final, It’s my first experience of a final, so you have to just take it all in and enjoy it” he concluded.

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