Skacel bows out with Cup success

Sat, 19 May 18:52:26 2012

Rudi Skacel savoured a second memorable goodbye to Hearts with two goals in the 5-1 William Hill Scottish Cup victory over Hibernian.

Skacel's first spell at Tynecastle ended with a 2006 Scottish Cup winners medal with victory over Gretna and six years on he is set to depart Hearts for a second time with another triumph in the competition - this time after victory in the first all-Edinburgh final since 1896.

The 32-year-old Czech Republic forward said: "It was great. We have the trophy, we won the big derby and we showed everybody there's only one team in Edinburgh. Fantastic." "It's the best way to say goodbye with the cup in my hands - 99% it's my last game for Hearts," added Skacel, who was the club's top scorer this season with 18 goals.

"We were favourites. I think we deserved this win because we are a much better team and we showed that to everybody," he added.

Skacel returned to Tynecastle in September 2011 and signed a short-term contract extension at the start of the season which was renewed in January.

Now, with Hearts tightening their finances, fans' favourite Skacel is set to move on.

"Never say never, but it probably was the last game for me," he said.

Skacel's future is still to be determined, but he was relaxed as Hearts prepared to celebrate their trophy triumph.

"At this moment I don't have anything," he added. "I want now to switch off for a couple of weeks and then decide what will be the best for me."


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