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    Stephen Simmons 

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015 4:52:30 PM

    Stephen Simmons was tonight guest in the boot room in “Peter & Rougie’s Football Show” on STV Glasgow & STV Edinburgh.

    He was asked about last night’s game v. Livingston – “Usual Tuesday night game, tough pitch, terrible conditions, it was a tough game as they always are against Livingston, I thought a point was fair in the end. I think we are playing well enough, just not taking our chances and stop conceding silly goals at the back but I think we have been unlucky in a few games and we sould have got more points than we have. Stephen was saying after hitting the post against his own club Hearts, he has now hit the woodwork on five occasions this season, we just need a wee bit of luck to hit the net and take our chances. Hearts are flying they are the best team in the division, the league does not lie – they struggled against us earlier in the season but they have been faultless other than the defeat by Falkirk but they are flying just now and I can only see them winning the league.

    We have played well against all the top sides in the division but in the end we need to beat the teams round about us that is the most important thing for us, the games against Rangers, Hibs & Hearts are freebies, we are not expected to get anything from these games, anything you get is a bonus, but you do need to be beating the teams who are round about you near the bottom of the league.

    Our main aim last year was to stay up knowing the teams who were coming down but it is a bonus for the lower leagues it has helped them with Rangers having played in the lower leagues, helping clubs earn needed cash. This season we have to avoid being in the play off’s, just trying to stay in the league, for a club like Alloa to come up to the Championship and managing to stay up last year, we would quite happily do the same again the year because the incentive to play the bigger teams is too good.

    I’m still enjoying my football, I’m 33 at the end of this month but I will keep playing as long as I can, as long as I’m contributing to the team, I’m not just going to turn up if I’m not involved or just partly playing, I want to play until that day comes. I can play a few different positions, some not as a well as others. At Hearts it was too easy for them to move me about and I never really complained, I have always said to any manager – Play me wherever you want to play me, John McGlynn at Raith Rovers played me at the back sometimes.

    Along with Hearts who do you think can be in the play off’s – Hibs are probably the second best team in the division, they move the ball about, you cannot get near them and they play some right good football as long as they stop conceding silly goals and tighten their defence up.

    Of the players that I have come up against in the Championship this season who have stood out, I would pick Scott Allan at Hibernian, he got on the ball for fun and was knocking it about and Morgaro Gomis and Prince Buaben of Hearts were different class.

    Were you surprised at Robbie Neilson going into Hearts and setting so quickly, I have been Robbie’s pal for years through youth level right through and I never thought he would have made that step into management and it’s funny seeing him, I had spoke to him maybe a month before he took the Hearts position and nothing was said and the next I knew he had the job, so I was really surprised but he has taken to it like a duck to water, speaking to Stevie Crawford and other people he is faultless at his work he is meticulous in everything he does, like going to Alloa and renting out the pitch prior to playing us. Robbie takes his work serious but he is a fun guy and he is totally different away from the media, I’ve been on holiday with Robbie so I could tell you quite a few stories about Robbie!

    I have done my B Licence in the coaching side but I didn’t enjoy it, I don’t know if it was too much too soon, I didn’t like the theory, loads of writing down but I enjoyed the actual coaching side but if the opportunity came along I would definitely do it, football is all I have ever done, so it is something I would definitely consider.

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