Craig Levein has said that his Hearts players are not safe from being dropped as he vows to make changes to his side.
Their latest setback came this weekend, losing 1-0 to Kilmarnock at Tynecastle for the third consecutive match in Gorgie. A first half Chris Burke strike was enough to do the damage for Killie.
Levein is furious with his players and has issued a strong warning to them.
He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “We’ve got some light at the end of the tunnel with getting players back from injuries and my point to the players today was ‘don’t come knocking on my door if you’re not selected in the upcoming matches’.
“Because there’s been plenty opportunities handed out. That wasn’t acceptable today. Whatever the stats say, it’s still not what I want us to do at home.
“If they want to stay in the team they need to have enough to win the game. Lots of people have had opportunities because of injuries and if they want to stay in the team, they have to do better than they did today.
Hearts players must take some accountability for recent results
Levein has had some pretty stinging criticism aimed at him in recent months and rightly so in some cases. Decisions like opting to play without a natural striker at home to Kilmarnock were bound to annoy fans.
Similarly though, the Hearts players must come in for some criticism. All too often at times over the past year have they went into hiding and left their manager in the firing line.
Hearts just don’t seem capable of stringing together consistent results. A win over Killie would’ve seen them go into the international break undefeated in four, but instead, they go into it on a whimper.
After a positive run of games, it’s back to the drawing board for Levein.