Heart of Midlothian advanced to the Scottish Cup semi-finals courtesy of a 1-0 win away to Greenock Morton.

The cup tie looked to be going to extra time before a late Kenneth Vargas strike sealed the victory for the men in maroon, who will face Rangers in the next round at Hampden Park.

Here's everything Steven Naismith said to the media after the win at Cappielow. 

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What did you make of that?

It was as expected. Coming away from home at one of the toughest grounds you can go to, we knew what it was going to be like. It was about taking the emotion out the game, having a clear picture out of possession when they are a bit direct, and every throw-in and corner was going to get a reaction from the crowd. It was about understanding that and not panicking, which we did really well. Their main chance comes from a foul on our centre-half and the ref doesn’t give it, and then we should score earlier. But the key tonight was patience. Our control of the ball was really good, especially in the second half, which ultimately creates the three or four good chances that we had.

Did you think the game was going to extra time?

No. For the last 20-25 minutes the game was mostly getting played in Morton’s half and they were getting a bit tired. When they went forward the game became stretched, and then we made the right passes and the right runs forward. That’s what gave us that calmness and then we control the game once we take the lead.

What are your thoughts on the draw?

It will be a tough game but every semi-final is going to be tough. On top of that you have got the occasion but fortunately we have already been in a semi-final this season, so we have got to use that. And we will look forward to it. We have worked hard all season to get through the rounds to these later stages. We have had a good bit of progression from the last semi-final and we want to progress again in the cup to give ourselves that chance to win it. You’ve got to have that demand and hunger to win trophies and we are building that. Hopefully we can have a good day.

The players will believe they can go all the way?

Yeah. The performances over the last three months have been consistent, good, and we have won the games in different ways. We have got a real control and patience, and an understanding of what we are doing. That’s the key behind the good run and that’s why we have got everyone in the squad coming onto the pitch and understanding what they have to do. We have got a brilliant group who are demanding and who want to get to the next level individually, but also be successful as a team.

Do you need to learn from the last semi-final?

Yeah, I think we do. At this stage, the three opponents you could have got, but you’re dealing with the occasion on top of that. It is just another game. I think in most of the games against Rangers we have competed well. In the last game we lost five goals but arguably we were at fault for all five. Rangers didn’t have to do loads. We have to use those disappointments to put up a better fight and ultimately get through in the competition.

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Thoughts on Craig Gordon?

I've said it all along, he's back to where he was before. He's worked really hard, got a drive and his experience in coming for balls and taking the pressure off is invaluable. But it is brilliant to have two great goalies.

Do you think he will be in the Scotland squad?

We'll see. I think the manager's got some big decisions but he's a really smart manager. He'll know what he needs to do in this camp and going forward. The biggest thing he is honest. Players in this squad have all given themselves a good chance to be in the squad for this next camp.

Was the decision to start Alex Cochrane on the bench tactical or to do with fitness?

It was down to their height and their physicality and I knew the first half of the game there was not going to be loads and loads of football played. It was going to be a bit of a fight and a battle. I thought he was brilliant when he went into the middle of the pitch and controlled the game and had a big part to play in the last 30 minutes of the game but it shows the guys who are in the squad they have all got a chance of playing, we need them all. Denholm came on and done really well, Atkinson came on and done well. We've got a good group.