Head coach Robbie Neilson insists Hearts are gunning for Aberdeen’s second spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
The Tynecastle men’s goalless draw at Inverness in their last outing was enough to secure a return to European football next season but it left them eight points behind Derek McInnes’ side.
With the Dons in mind, Neilson stressed that his side are focused on winning their five post-split games which begin with a visit to Fir Park to play fourth-placed Motherwell on Saturday.
Speaking to Hearts TV, he said: “We’ve still got a chance of catching Aberdeen. Yes, it will be difficult given the points difference and the form they’re in, but it’s something we have to aim for.
“It starts with Motherwell on Saturday and they have been great since Mark (McGhee) came in.
“It took him a few games to find a formation that suited them well and they’ve been causing teams problems ever since.
“I expect them to cause us a few problems on Saturday, but I still think it’s a place where we should be picking up three points.
“We’ve had a wee rest from games and the players are ready to go. We’ve got a couple of suspensions but we’re prepared for the huge games we have coming up.”
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