Hearts captain Steven Naismith is under no illusions that his side are second favourites going into Sunday’s Scottish Cup Final against Celtic.
Even though Neil Lennon’s side have been inconsistent this season, they are still aiming to win a fourth consecutive domestic treble. However, Naismith has been in the game long enough to know what it takes to win trophies in Scotland.
The 34-year-old has identified what Hearts must do to ensure that they have the best chance of pulling off what would be a cup final shock.
“Can’t be rushed”
“We get the basic side right, defend well, then be brave and composed on the ball. We can’t be rushed on it. We’ll get good chances” he said (Daily Record).
Naismith hopes that his side can frustrate Celtic during the game. He reckons that one way to do that is to not be wasteful in possession.
“Building the frustration is an element of it. But the best way to beat Rangers or Celtic is to keep the ball. So we can’t get sucked into just kicking the ball long. We’ve got good players and need to show that” he mused.
One aspect of the game is disappointing
The player did admit that there is one aspect of the game that is disappointing, in what might be the attacker’s last cup final. That is, that his family won’t be able to attend the match.
“It will be sad that my family won’t be there to see me play. But, if we win, I’ll get the cup home with me for a day. We can get it in the garden and play for the Scottish Cup!”