HEARTS midfielder Scott Robinson has backed his side to prove they are too good to be demoted from the Scottish Premiership by finishing within 15 points of their relegation rivals.
The Tynecastle outfit are destined for the Championship next term after failing to overturn the 15-point punishment they were handed for entering administration.
But they now trail Sunday’s opponents Kilmarnock in second bottom by just 14.
And Robinson insists that if the Gorgie men can maintain - or even cut - that gap, it will satisfy their own minds at least that they are not second-tier standard.
The 22-year-old said: “If we finish within 15 points then we can fairly say that without the deduction we were good enough to stay in the division.
“That is a point we really want to prove.
“If we can win every game between now and the end of the season that would give us a real high that we can carry on into next season.”
Gorgie boss Gary Locke admitted earlier this season that he feared the toil put on his youngsters by a gruelling top-flight season would stunt their development.
But last weekend’s 2-1 derby win over city rivals Hibernian - their fourth from five Edinburgh clashes this season - was their fifth match without defeat and Robinson claims that shows the Gorgie squad are now thriving.
“You have got to look at the recent results and say that is the case,” he said. “Everyone seems to be coping fine and are on a high right now.
“We’re getting better and better right now and the likes of Billy King, Jamie Walker and Dale Carrick have been brilliant recently. They are buzzing.
“Everyone just wants to get out there and express themselves.”