HEARTS boss Ian Cathro believes his side will end holders Hibs’ interest in the Scottish Cup when the teams meet in the last 16 next month.
The Tynecastle men eliminated Raith Rovers 4-2 after extra-time in last night’s replay to set up an Edinburgh derby with Neil Lennon’s outfit.
Hibs knocked out their age-old rivals at the same stage last season on their way to ending a 114-year wait to win the trophy.
Cathro stressed this year’s tie isn’t about vengeance, but insisted his team are focused on snatching the trophy away from their greatest foes.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it massively. I think it’s an absolutely huge game. Everybody’s excitement will be at a peak. Those are the games all of us love the most.
“We’ve earned it through last night’s fight and we feel good about that. I don’t know about revenge. I’m new here, so I don’t really quite have that feeling. For us, it’s about moving to the next round of the Cup.
“In doing that, if that results in us taking the Cup away from Hibs, then I’m sure that’s something everybody at Hearts would like to be able to do.”
Cathro praised his players’ character as they fought through a tough replay. The game was poised at 1-1 after 90 minutes thanks to goals from Bobby Barr and Rory Currie. The 18-year-old forward scored his first senior goal on his debut for the Edinburgh men.
Extra-time saw Malaury Martin score his first Hearts goal from the penalty spot before Ryan Hardie equalised for Raith. Jamie Walker scored another penalty before Bjorn Johnsen’s late goal secured victory.