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Friday May 18 2007
on netting
eam are
all 3 points
THREE points, nothing less. That’s
what Hearts will be focused on
when they run out at Kilmarnock on
Sunday, says captain Craig Gordon.
Hearts currently trail Aberdeen by
just a single point with the Dons
having a slightly superior goal
difference of plus two.
If Aberdeen lose to Rangers by a
FORMER player, manager
– and the man who has
n the basis of helping anybody because
s not fair and it’
been tipped to become
“Hearts fans, knowing my Hearts
s not right.
Hearts’ new head coach
connections, would expect us to be as
in the summer. You could
professional as that.”
hardly find a bigger Jambo
three-goal margin at Pittodrie and
than Jim Jefferies.
been hindered. Key midfielder Laryea
Hearts’ preparations for the game have
Hearts earn a share of the spoils at
Rugby Park then it will be enough n
But it’s the Kilmarnock manager who
he battles to overcome the ankle injury he
s participation is in the balance as
to secure the UEFA Cup slot for Hearts. Cup ambitions.
ow stands in the way of Hearts’ UEFA
picked up in last weekend’
The on-loan Ghanaian, whose current
s derby.
However, if two clubs are level on
points and goal difference then T
And Jefferies has vowed that the
agreement expires after this weekend, has
whichever team has scored the this Sunday
ynecastle side won’t get any favours
been a revelation since joining Hearts in
most goals during the season will Jefferies has already
January and has a growing
be awarded third place. As it guided the Rugby Park
list of admirers, Jef
stands, Aberdeen have currently side into fifth place in the
scored six more goals than Hearts. SPL, which to all intents
Despite the various scenarios, and purposes renders
with Kingston. I’m not sure if
“I’ve been very impressed
Gordon says Hearts cannot leave their final league fixture
he’ll be available but he
a meaningless game.
seems to have genuine flair
and ability
his old club – just a point
But he has insisted that
“Having been a Hearts
,” said Jefferies.
behind third-placed rivals
Aberdeen – will not receive
I know what the club is all
, manager and fan
any goodwill.
about and that Hearts fans
have always appreciated
win has given Hearts hope
Last weekend’s 2-0 derby
the team winning with style
of leapfrogging the Dons,
and flair
who face a tough game
“Kingston is a typical
against Rangers at
Hearts supporter
GORDON: Must-win approach
He can see things, play the
’s player.
coupled with anything less
A Jambos win
killer pass and has the ability
than victory for Jimmy
to turn and win a game.”
anything to chance and will adopt a
must-win approach to the game at
European football return to
s men will see
to k
eep top scor
er Ste
Jefferies w
ven Naismith
ould like
last in blue and white for
Sunday’s clash could be the
Rugby Park.
Tynecastle next season.
Naismith, with the striker expected to
Killie’s own talisman Stevie
He said: “We’re going there to win.
That’s the only way we can look at
own club end the season on a high after
But Jefferies is determined to ensure his
attract of
it. We’ve done that over the last
consecutive victories over Hibs and Rangers,
border this summer
fers from north and south of the
four or five weeks. We’ve looked to
and laughed of
Hearts and Rangers have both been
win every game and we’ve started
a weakened side against the Jambos.
f suggestions he might field
linked with the talented 20-year-old and
the £1million-plus rated hitman has
to play reasonably well.
“I don’t think Sunday will be any
favours but it’
He said: “Some Hearts fans may look for
already had a trial at
different. We’ll go there to win and
be tough opposition as we’ll be trying to end
s always better to earn it. We’ll
hopefully events elsewhere can
the season with a third straight win.
a big future, we know that. Steven has said
talent like Steven Naismith. He’
feries added: “We don’t want to lose
s got
carry us into Europe.”
There’s been nothing between
accusations about lying down but it’
“You hear the conspiracy theories and
that another year at Kilmarnock wouldn’t be
Hearts and Kilmarnock in the three
of nonsense. Y
s a load
a bad thing, but we know that he’
meetings between the clubs so far
do well and if Hearts play well and beat us
ou want your old clubs to
this season. Both have a win and
I’ll be delighted for them.
vital financially as it could have been
“We’re in a position now where it’
s ambitious.
s not as
a couple of years ago.
played out a 0-0 stalemate the last
time they met at Rugby Park.
try just as hard as if it were any team. My
“But Kilmarnock pay my wages and we’ll
Killie have already secured fifth
job is to motivate them to win the game.
years so we’re in a strong position and it
“Steven’s under contract for the next two
spot but Gordon doesn’t expect to
receive any favours from former
accusations, so I’ll do what I think is right for
“If I didn’t put out my strongest side I’d get
chairman and the board to accept it.
will take an extremely good offer for the
Tynecastle boss Jim Jefferies on
Kilmarnock Football Club to win the game.
in the close season because he’
“I’d be surprised if there are no enquiries
“He wants to win every game
to finish of
“I’ve got to make sure our players try hard
outstanding, particularly lately. But I’ll be
s been
that he takes part in. He’s a great
sure Hearts would expect that.
f a great season for us and I’m
You can’t go
pleased if any of
I’d like to keep him here as long as possible.”
fer is turned down because
competitor and he’ll want to beat
Hearts if he possibly can.”
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