Hearts’ Harry Cochrane desperate to repeat Celtic exploits as Bobby Burns eyes Scottish Cup final history

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HEARTS kid Harry Cochrane admits lifting the Scottish Cup would be a dream come true as he bids to stun Celtic all over again.

The midfielder was just 16 when he sparked Hearts’ shock 4-0 hammering of Celtic at Tynecastle in December 2017.

The teenager’s opening goal sent the Jambos on their way to ending the Hoops’ incredible 69-game unbeaten run in domestic football under Brendan Rodgers.

Now 18, he has struggled with injuries and form since grabbing the headlines in his breakthrough campaign last season, but is back to full fitness and right in contention for a start at Hampden this afternoon.

And the highly-rated youngster is desperate to make the most of Hearts’ shot at glory.

ACHIEVEMENT

He said: “It will be brilliant and hopefully I do get the chance to play.

“Even if I don’t, just to be involved would be amazing for me, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“For me, it would be the best achievement of my life [to win], so hopefully we can go and do it, and I’ve got belief in the boys that we can.

“We’ve done it before [beaten Celtic], so we can do it again.”

Meanwhile, Bobby Burns is convinced Hearts can shock Celtic and write their names into the club’s history books.

The 19-year-old admits the prospect of games like today’s showpiece showdown with Celtic helped entice him to Tynecastle from his native Northern Ireland last summer.

And the left-back, who spent the start of the season on loan at Livingston, is in no doubt that the Jambos can upset the odds and deny Celtic the treble treble to get their hands on the trophy this afternoon.

He said: “The mood’s really good. There’s a feeling of excitement and anticipation, and we’re really looking forward to it.

HISTORY

“Obviously, it’s a big opportunity for all of us to make a mark on the history of the club and I think we’ve definitely got a chance of winning it.

“It’s going to be the biggest game of my career, and I’m sure it will be for a few others, but that’s what you thrive on, these are the games you want to play in.

“That’s one of the reasons I came to Hearts, to have these opportunities, and it would be a fantastic day for us if we could do it.

“The most important thing for us is to start well and start on the front foot, and if we can have a good first 10 minutes and make a good impact, then there’s no reason why we can’t go on to win the game.”

 
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