Sport Hearts set for title celebrations after Inverness CT clash next Saturday in penultimate game
Ross County v Inverness Highland derby kicks off Scottish Cup weekend as Staggies reveal No.1 priority
Scottish Cup third-round weekend is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the domestic football calendar and despite no supporters being able to attend, this year’s competition is no different. © Ross County and Inverness go head-to-head in the Scottish Cup. The rest of the tournament will be crammed into April and May, with the prize of silverware enhanced further by the lure of a Europa League Play-Off round berth and guaranteed continental football until Christmas.The action kicks off on Friday night as Highland heavyweights Ross County and Inverness clash in Dingwall, live on BBC Scotland.
The Highlanders fell to a late 2-1 loss in Paisley, Marcus Fraser netting the winner.
Neil McCann will now bring his side south in what will be the final Tynecastle Park clash of the season.
If Inverness had progressed the Championship fixture would have been rearranged due to next weekend’s Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
Now the celebrations are expected to take place following the match as Hearts return to the Premiership at the first time of asking.
The trophy lift has prompted much consternation amongst some fans with acalling on the team to collect their medals but leave the trophy on the stand.
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The under-fire manager took a small step towards the title in a goalless draw with Dunfermline but was unimpressed with official Colin Steven. Hearts continued to take baby steps towards the Championship title with a goalless draw at Dunfermline.
They feel it would be a message to the SPFL and others clubs following the vote which sawconfined to the second tier having been bottom when the league was finished due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Robbie Neilson speaks on Hearts' trophy win, Neil McCann spat, Peter Haring injury and Finlay Pollock debut .
Robbie Neilson praised Hearts for winning promotion at the first attempt and outlined the development plan for teenage debutant Finlay Pollock.“We understand the frustration of the fans,” said Neilson. “A group didn’t want us to lift it but another group did. We felt as a club that we have to respect the competition and the league. There is still anger and hurt at the way things happened last year but as a club we had to rise above that to a point.