Hearts star Stephen Kingsley reckons he’ll head to Hampden ready to play his own brand of football against Hibs.
The Edinburgh derby takes place this Saturday in a mouthwatering Scottish Cup semi-final. Originally due to be played last season prior to the curtailment of the 2019/20 season, the capital city’s big two will battle this weekend.
Victory would bookmark a Scottish Cup final spot against Aberdeen or Celtic. It would be Hearts’ second in succession after reaching the 2019 final whilst Hibs are looking for a final spot for the first time since they won the tournament back in 2016.
Jack Ross’ team will likely be the favourites, given they are the Premiership side and have started the season strongly, sitting third currently. Robbie Neilson will no doubt fancy Hearts’ chances though.
His Jambos team on paper are Premiership quality and have won every competitive game so far this term. With quality such as left-back Kingsley, it should make for an entertaining tussle.
Following his start to life in Gorgie after a move from Hull City, Kingsley is eager to get going in the derby. He says that he won’t reinvent himself for the Hibs meeting.
“You have to adjust your game a little bit in terms of your defensive responsibilities but I’m not going to fully change the way I play,” he said (Hearts). “We, as a team, want to try and get the ball and control the game, and I want to go and attack and be involved, and be creative in the final third.
“I’m not going to change the way I play. Me and everyone else need to make sure that we’re ready for it. I don’t think it will be hard to get ourselves up and ready for it. The occasion will build up during the week and the boys will be ready for it.
“We’ve had a good pre-season. I obviously came in a wee bit later but I know the boys have done a lot in pre-season and had a lot of games. I know Hibs have had a lot more competitive games than us but I feel like we’re in a great position to really go and compete next week.”