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Hearts boss Sergio not getting sucked in to Edinburgh derby talk

Paulo Sergio will make sure his Heart of Midlothian players do not get too caught up in Edinburgh derby fever ahead of next month's Scottish Cup final.

The Jambos set up an all-Edinburgh Hampden decider by beating Celtic 2-1 yesterday and although Sergio is delighted to get through, he will not read too much into the massive derby event that is sure to sweep across Scotland in the lead-up to the May 19 final.

"For me, to play Hibs in the Final will just be the same as playing any other team," Sergio said after the dramatic win.

"It's just another game against an opponent who we respect and when the time comes we will be ready for it. But until then everybody at Hearts has to keep their feet on the ground because we have important things to do just now.

"Our next target is to make sure we finish in fifth position in the league so we have important games to play before the final comes.

"Around me the players have to be focused on the next game. If I feel that they are not focused they are not going to play and maybe they will lose their place in the team for the final.

"They have every right to celebrate tonight but tomorrow we start thinking about the next game against Rangers."

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Andrew Slevison
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