Hearts: Ryan Stevenson plots Edinburgh derby victory

Scottish Premiership

  • Venue: Easter Road
  • Date: Thursday, 2 January
  • Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

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Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson aims for an Edinburgh derby victory to help improve a "horrible" season.

The club began the campaign on -15 points for entering administration, and have accrued 13 points since then.

And Stevenson is relishing Thursday's derby at Easter Road following his return from a hamstring injury.

"It's been hard because you are sitting on the sidelines wanting to help. It's going to be a big month and, hopefully, we can pick up points."

Hearts have already earned two wins against Hibs this season, beating the Easter Road side 1-0 in both the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

I have been trying to push myself as hard as I can to try to get back as quickly as I can

Ryan Stevenson Hearts midfielder

And it was Stevenson's goal that gave the Jambos victory in the League Cup quarter-final. Following his return from a hamstring injury in Sunday's draw with St Mirren, the midfielder aims for a more enjoyable New Year.

"To be fair, the full season has been horrible for me," he said.

"There have been a few highs coming back in but, two games into the season and doing my knee and being out for so long, and then coming back and ripping my hamstring, it's been a terrible season for me personally.

"It's been hard because you are sitting on the sidelines wanting to help. And when things aren't going well you want to help the boys through it.

"I have been trying to push myself as hard as I can to try to get back as quickly as I can. Hopefully, now I'm back, I can stay clear of injury and we can pick up points."

Hearts manager Gary Locke says the chance to move onto a positive points total acts as added motivation for the clash at Easter Road.

"If we win the derby we go into plus points," said Locke.

"It would be huge, psychologically, for everyone here, just getting into positive points would be fantastic. That's been our aim."