Skacel set on Hearts exit
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cup final hero Rudi Skacel says he has probably played his last game for Hearts.
After scoring his side's goal in the Scottish Cup final, Hearts winger Rudi Skacel has revealed he expects to leave Tynecastle in the summer.
The Czech star opened the scoring in the penalty win over Gretna, but has seemingly played his last game for the club with Premiership sides interested.
Although Hearts recently bought up a two year option on Skacel's contract after initially securing him on loan from Marseille, the player is set on a move.
In a message to the SPL side's fans, Skacel revealed a t-shirt saying 'I will never forget. Thanks Jambos' after scoring in the first half, and the midfielder has admitted he is likely to move to The Premiership.
"The t-shirt was because I wanted to say thank you to the supporters and it was probably me saying goodbye," said Skacel.
"I will take some time to make a decision but I probably won't stay at Hearts, but I want to stay in the United Kingdom.
"I am very sad because it has been a fantastic year for me and the team. I have enjoyed my time but some things have changed in the last four months I'm not 100 percent happy about.
"But I don't want to speak about it now because I want to celebrate.
"I am very sad but everybody who knows me, knows why I want to leave but that's life.
"It is an emotional time for me, we came second in the league and won the cup but I'm sad because it's probably my last game for Hearts."
Hearts caretaker boss Valdas Ivanauskas also has an uncertain future at the side, although the former FBK Kaunas coach has now revealed he will be discussing his position with club owner Vladimir Romanov on Sunday after leading the Edinburgh side to club glory.
"I will have a discussion with Mr Romanov tomorrow when we will discuss the game and the future," said Ivanauskas.
"But I don't know whether I will still be here at the start if the pre-season.
"I don't know whether the job we have done is good enough for me to get the job. I want to speak before I go on holiday on Monday.
"It was great to win the cup for the supporters to cap a great season.
"But second place and a Champions League place was the most important thing to me."
Romanov himself has also had his say on Hearts' win, claiming it as a victory for the city of Edinburgh in what was the first final without a member of the Glasgow Old Firm for nine years.
"Edinburgh, the city, and the team deserve this and I am very happy for them," said Romanov.
"My ambition was to move the balance of power from Glasgow to Edinburgh and today was a massive step in that direction."