Robbie: Home crowd massively important

22 June 2023

The sides meet for the second time in three days after a cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park saw Hearts compete for large spells before tiring towards the end of the 90 minutes.

This time however, the manager believes the Tynecastle crowd can play their part by helping his players through the latter stages and hopefully send them on their way to Hampden.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Robbie said:

“It’s always a tough game against Celtic, but it’s a game we’re really looking forward to. We managed to nullify them at times on Wednesday night. We probably brought one of our best games on Wednesday night, so we need to do that again, but this time we need to be more of a threat in the final third.

“The crowd is going to be massively important for us. We’ll have the Gorgie Ultras in the Gorgie Stand so the place will be rocking. Celtic will have the full away end, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere, almost like a derby game.

“You’re going to meet the Old Firm at some point, so, I’d rather meet them at Tynecastle. I think that gives us the best chance to beat them with the home crowd behind us, so, we’ll see how it goes.”

You can watch Robbie’s press conference in full on HeartsTV.