Hearts aim to secure top-three finish
Hearts could finally wrap up third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this weekend and help manager Jim Jefferies finalise his summer plans.Victory over Jefferies' former club Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday and a defeat for fourth-placed Dundee United at Celtic on Sunday would see Hearts take an unassailable 10-point lead with three games remaining, allowing the manager to step up his recruitment drive and pre-season preparations.Hearts have stuttered towards tying up their place as best of the rest behind title-chasing Celtic and Rangers in recent weeks, seeing a substantial lead of 15 points dwindle away.After one win and five draws in the last eight games, Jefferies said: "It would be ideal if we could get it tied up. We're in a great position and we know that win has been elusive for the last few weeks, but we've been picking up points."The most important thing for us is to go to Kilmarnock and get a result. Even though they've beaten us twice at home and had a great season, we managed to get a result against them down there."We'll keep our fingers crossed we can do it again."
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