Bragging Rights Will Be Something
Hearts have suffered on and off the field this season but a win in the final league derby game of the season may count for something.
Hearts welcome Hibs to Tynecastle on Sunday with 'keeper Jamie MacDonald wanting to make a disappointing season "slightly bearable" with a win against their traditional rivals. All three of this season's meetings so far ended in draws with both sides ending up in the bottom six of the SPL. Hibs did manage to get one over Hearts when they knocked Sunday's hosts out of the Scottish Cup on their way to the final against Celtic, which is to be played later on 26 May.MacDonald said: "It is the last game to get a win over them, we have not beaten them this season. We have had three draws and they have put us out the cup. So it is a chance to get a win and also we would be in pole position to finish above them in the league which I think after the season we have had it would make the season slightly bearable. We have won three out of our last four games and even the game we lost against Dundee, the red card for Webby (Andy Webster) changed the game and it was a deflected goal as well. So we have been on a decent run of form and have got a bit of momentum. If we can win the last two games of the season it would be a good end to the season and gives everyone a lot of confidence going into next season."MacDonald admits Hearts got the rub of the green in the last derby, at Easter Road, when a free-kick from Leigh Griffiths resulted in the ball crashing down off the bar and crossed the line but no goal was awarded. The Gorgie keeper insists his side deserved that bit of luck. He said: "At the time I couldn't tell you if it was in or not, I was facing the other way. It wasn't until Leigh was going mental at the referee and some of the other boys had mentioned it and after seeing the pictures afterwards - it was well over the line. It was a bit of luck but I think we deserved it, I don't think we have had much this season. There have been a lot of things went against us this season. I would point to the Scottish Cup game where it is a shot that is either going wide or I am saving it, that takes a massive deflection and goes in and Hibs win the tie. That is the luck levelled out so hopefully it is a straightforward game on Sunday."
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