if a player needs convinced to fight and to scrap and to want to win the ball, then he won’t be playing for Hearts.
They say actions speak louder than words. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that people have being saying that - albeit in slightly different words - since the Bible was first written.
The bottom line though is, it's true, actions, do indeed, speak louder than words.
After Wednesday night's horrible capitulation, a few people within the Hearts playing and coaching staff have said some pretty loud words.
In the immediate aftermath of that Scottish Cup exit, head coach, Ian Cathro said "...if a player needs convinced to fight and to scrap and to want to win the ball, then he won’t be playing for Hearts."
Well, Mr Cathro, after yesterday's result against Partick Thistle, those words now, very seriously, need to be acted on.
I have a theory ... or, at least, I HAD a theory.
Anybody who knows me will tell you that, in terms of the build-up to Edinburgh Derbies I am, and always have been, incredibly pessimistic. Yesterday was no different. As usual, I told anybody who would listen that I saw us exiting the Scottish Cup at Easter Road last night but, this time, although still feeling the worst, I allowed myself a little hope.
That theory was the cause of my hope ... it will now be filed away under Don't be so bloody stupid, this is Hearts you are talking about.
Things, unfortunately, seem to have gone a little bit quiet recently in regards to the upgrading of Tynecastle - and the main stand in particular. The club had hoped to begin working on the area under the Wheatfield stand in April. Currently, the Edinburgh Council Planning Portal shows that a decision on that planning application has yet to be made. *update* planning permission for the Wheatfield stand undercroft was GRANTED on 28.07.2016 So, obviously we are going to see delays on the club's planned timescale to complete Tynecastle and increase her capacity to somewhere just north of 20,000. But this article isn't really about the existing plans. This article is about "What happens next?"
Seeing as I disagreed with more than just a few folk on social media last night - and took abuse from a handful - I thought I would take some time out, in more than 140 characters, to put my current thoughts about Hearts "out there" for people to maybe get a better understanding of where I was coming from. (I'm more than happy to discuss my opinion either in the comments section below or on social media). I'll do it by "answering" some of the points raised last night. So here goes...