The time is Now! And the strikers are fit! Again!

The time is here, it's almost upon us. Hearts make their first ever venture into the UEFA cup group stages. Hearts could not have asked for a tougher group than group A. Every team in the 5 team pool have a bit of European pedigree....Exept Hearts!

Nevertheless, Feyenoord, Basle, Schalke04 and Ferencvaros know little or nothing about Hearts. Recent league performances by the boys in maroon will do little to frighten any of the pool A opponents. Take Celtic on Saturday for instance. A weakened Celtic team at Parkhead were the oponnents from which a good few Hearts fans made the pilgrimage, only to be met once again by one of the most negative line-ups Hearts can manage. Celtic were missing two of their most effective players in recent seasons in Bobo Balde and playmaker Alan Thompson. This being, one would think Hearts would make a go of it. Not to be. 5"5' 20 year old striker Graham Weir was put upfront on his own. Hardly attack minded, when the obvious came to some minds, Weir was replaced at half time, by a defender...

The 3-0 defeat by Celtic could not have put the Hearts players on a very positive frame of mind going into Thursdays UEFA cup opener agains Feyenoord. The Dutch outfit once again won easily at the weekend beating Roda JC away 2 goals to nil. Their goals came from Kuijt (60) and Kalou (90).
Hearts desperately need their strikers to be fit for Thursday, my sources tell me that Mark DeVreis will definatley start, and Ramon Pereira will have a last minute fitness test. This strike partnership have not played together AT ALL this season. When one is injured, the other is eligable, and vice versa. But more often than not this season, both players have been ruled out with injury.

Conspiracy theory. Strange how Both Hearts strikers are always injured when it comes to run-of-the-mill league matches, but seem to be fit enough for the Euro adventure. If there is some sort of cover up just for European games, then this is just not good enough. Us Hearts fans have sat in the stands all season (exept from one game) watching the most dire, boring and downright rubbish on the pitch due to a lack of strike force.

If we win in Rotterdam, or even draw, then we'll let you off Mr Levein! (this time!)