Hearts' Rudi Skacel wants to stay until the summer

Hearts hat-trick hero Rudi Skacel
Rudi Skacel claimed the match ball after his hat-trick for Hearts

Hearts hat-trick hero Rudi Skacel told supporters he wants to stay until the end of the campaign after he sparked a spectacular comeback against St Mirren.

Skacel is out of contract at the end of the month but, as specualtion over his future heightens, he indicated he would like to remain at Tynecastle.

"I would like to stay until the end of the season," he said after the 5-2 win.

"We have to talk over some things but I hope we make a solution to extend my contract for another five months."

Skacel is in his second spell at the club and has become a cult hero with the supporters.

"It's a great place to play," he said. "We have great supporters. It's somethng special and they probably give me special power. I've scored a lot of goals, especially at home.

"It's nice to score a hat-trick, but important we have three points."

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas scored a first-minute goal but was then sent off for a professional foul in the box, Paul McGowan levelling from the resulting penalty.

Steven Thompson put the Buddies ahead but Skacel's three thunderous left-foot strikes put the hosts back in command before John Sutton completed the scoring late on.

"We had very good teamwork and waited for our chance. It came, and we scored some lucky goals," said Skacel.

"My third one took a touch from the defender so sometimes you need some luck. It will hopefully give us a good lift.

"Hopefully it was not my last game at Tynecastle."

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