Frankie Kent can’t wait to test himself in one of Scottish football’s biggest games and is determined to come away with three points.
Hearts host Celtic in Sunday’s cinch Premiership encounter at Tynecastle Park. The Jambos are unbeaten in three games and take on a Celtic side in fine domestic form.
The 27-year-old admits it’s these types of games that enticed him to Gorgie over the summer, and the opportunity to pit wits against the top teams in the country.
However, despite the tough test that awaits, Frankie believes the boys in maroon have more than enough in their locker to take the game to the reigning champions.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Frankie said: “It’s going to be a good game, a tough game. We can go into it with confidence given how we’ve done in the last month or so. I’m looking forward to getting back into the groove of things.
“Everyone knows how they play. They’re a good footballing team. You’ve got to give them the respect they deserve but you can’t give them too much respect because we’re in to win the game as well. It’ll be a tough game and we’ve got to be on it.
“The bigger games are the ones you look at and look forward to. The next couple of weeks with the fixtures we’ve got it going to show that. With the derby a couple of weeks ago and leading into this one, it’s what you want to be doing, playing in the biggest and best games. It’s a good way to test yourself and I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s about testing myself and playing against those calibre of players. They’ve been playing Champions League and I think that’s a level that everyone wants to get to. So going up against that and against the team that they are is going to be good, but we don’t want to just be there to say ‘oh it was a good experience’ and come away with nothing. We know what we’ve got to do and we’ll be trying to do that.”