Hearts Still Have Much To Play For
Updated Thursday, 10th May 2012
The season is not over till all prizes have been awarded and St Johnstone and Hearts are vying for the Europa League prize.
First-team coach Gary Locke said: "They've had a fantastic season. We know how difficult it's going to be. We've got to go through there and try to be well organised. The boys and the management staff all know what's at stake. If we get a point then we'll finish in fifth place and qualify for Europe. That's what we're looking for. Hopefully if we can get a result at Celtic Park that will get us into Europe. That was certainly our aim at the start of the season."
Hearts travel back to Glasgow a week Saturday for the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hibs and manager Paulo Sergio has already hinted at making changes at Parkhead. His side secured a two-point lead over Saints with a win at Tynecastle last Sunday. Hearts enjoy a better goal difference and could therefore finish fifth with a draw at Celtic, even if Saints beat Rangers. Players like David Templeton, Medhi Taouil and Arvydas Novikovas whoe were sitting on the substitutes' bench against Saints and will be targeting game time at Parkhead in an effort to break into the side for the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896 on 19 May.
Locke added: "A lot of these guys are pushing to get a starting place in the team. There are guys that are desperate to play and the more people we've got like that the easier the job is." Darren Barr, who has converted from defence to midfield this term, went off against the Perth side and may not be risked at Celtic. Locke went on: "He's all right. He thinks it's a dead leg, but he's worked with the physios in the last couple of days and he might have a chance for the weekend, if not, we'll look to get him fit for next week."