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Robbie Neilson: European football is massive for Hearts

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Hearts boss Robbie Neilson believes that European football will be massive for the club after they reached the Scottish Cup final. They are set to face Rangers after beating Hibernian at Hampden Park. Elis Simms and Stephen Kingsley put them ahead after 21 minutes before Chris Cadden pulled one back for the Hibs. After having secured third place in the Scottish Premiership, they are guaranteed Europa League football.

“It is massive for the club. Prior to the game, we spoke to the players about forgetting about getting to a final, forgetting about European football, it is about winning a derby. We won last week with 20 minutes where we could actually enjoy it,” Hearts manager Robbie Neilson said. “Now we have four or five months until the next derby, so we can enjoy the period. We have a few days off and then we have five games in the league that we want to win to set us up for the Scottish Cup final. It has been a good season. Today makes it a really good one. Can we make it a great one in the final? When you play in derbies it is about winning them, we have managed to do it back-to-back at home and now at Hampden.”

“I thought we started well, we got a two-goal lead and then lost a goal quickly, it knocked us out of our stride,” he added. “Hibs were the better team after that, even when they went down to 10 men. We had periods where we kept it but weren’t aggressive enough to go and kill the game and even to the last minute were almost hanging on. It is guaranteed money but we have to be careful how we spend that money, we don’t want to chuck it all in.”

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