JASON HOLT says the only way he will enjoy Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final is if it ends with a medal round his neck.
The midfielder was involved in Hearts 2012 victory over Gers weekend opponents Hibernian, as the Jambos inflicted a crushing 5-1 defeat on their rivals.
Holt doesn’t believe Hibs failure to get promoted will affect their build up though, he thinks Alan Stubbs’ men will be just as hungry to lift their first Scottish Cup since 1902 – they have been runners up 10 times since then.
The 23-year-old said:
“Cup finals are what you aspire to as players; you want to play in the biggest games.”
“They will be desperate to go and win it on Saturday, as are we and we just need to go into the game confident as any other game and hopefully we get the result.
“You only really enjoy these games if you win them though.”
“As a Hearts fan most of my Cup Final memories are with them; I attended the 2012 final against Hibs and the one against Gretna as well and have good memories of both.
“I was training with the first team in 2012 and travelled with the squad to take it in and see what it was all about.
“I really enjoyed the occasion and you enjoy it a lot more if you win the game and that was the case that day so I have fond memories.
“There is a difference between going to support the team and then actually playing in the game itself.
“The Hearts fans will have in their heads that I am a supporter and we’re playing Hibs, but for me it’s just about going out and doing well personally and for the team to make sure we get the result.”
It’s not just a 34th Scottish Cup that Rangers could achieve this weekend; the carrot of European football is dangling in front of Mark Warburton’s squad.
It means that the prize on offer is an extra incentive for the squad who will have had to wait 20 days to play the game, having finished their league season on May 1.
Holt continued: “The prospect of playing in Europe is great for any player and this gives us the chance to do so. If we could bring European nights back to Ibrox it would be unbelievable.
“We have seen the support we’ve had this season and if it was a European night it would be extra special.”
“There is obviously a bit between your last league game and the cup final but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We’re ready to go again, it’s a big game coming up and all the boys have clear thought in their minds over what is required.
“Our training sessions are tailored to keep our sharpness and intensity up.
“The trip down to spurs was a very high intensity game, they had a good team out and we all had to be at it and that will be the case on Saturday as well.”