Youth, winner & fan, Robbie Neilson now craves Scottish Cup success as boss|Hearts news
ROBBIE NEILSON has played varying functions in Hearts’ last 3 Scottish Cup success – now he is desperate to be the guy to lead the club to the popular flatware.
The Jambos employer was a youth player at Tynecastle when he took a trip to Parkhead to enjoy the 1998 victory over Rangers.
8 years later, the full-back played a crucial role as the Gorgie men lifted the trophy again after a penalty-kicks win versus Gretna.
When Hearts hammered sworn enemies Hibs 5-1 in 2012, Neilson was back at Hampden but remained in with the fans as a Dundee United player.
Now in his 2nd spell as manager, the 40-year-old is totally aware simply what it would suggest for everybody at the club if Celtic can be gotten rid of at the nationwide stadium.
He said: “I went to the 2012 last despite the fact that I was at Dundee United. I actually went with my father and we had a couple of beers before the game and sat with the fans. It was a brilliant day.
“I was at the 1998 last at Parkhead and the 2006 final I played in. I didn’t get to the 2019 last however I watched it on the TV.
“I understand what this suggests to the fans as I have been at this club a long period of time as a gamer and supervisor.
“If we can get an outcome in this video game the gamers will be remembered for a long period of time at this club.
“From a training perspective, it’s something I’m looking forward to, being able take the club into a cup final. There’s very few supervisors who have done that.
“Maturing, you wish to bet Scotland and you want to win a cup final. I have actually handled to do it and I’ve got men here who have already done it too.
“I have actually got others who are still wanting to do it and this is an opportunity for them.
“It’s about going into the last and making sure we win it. In ten years’ time, nobody cares if you’ve been to a final, they’re just interested if you have actually won, especially at a club like Hearts where we have not been to, or won, that lots of.