Anna Signeul admits she’s delighted that Scotland Women’s World Cup semi-final playoff against The Netherlands is taking place at Tynecastle, and she hopes to see the stadium packed with Jambos come matchday.
The National Coach has fond memories of leading Scotland out in Gorgie in the past and she believes a big crowd can help spur her side on to glory on October 25.
Speaking to HeartsTV at the squad announcement at Tynecastle, Anna said: “It’s fantastic to be back at Tynecastle again. Motherwell was very good to us and it was a great stadium to play at but Tynecastle, we’ve played here and we’ve been successful here.
“We absolutely love to come back here. I think it’s a great stadium. We have lots of good memories and a good feeling about this stadium.
“It would mean so much to get a big crowd. I think that if we could get a good crowd behind the players then these players will not get nervous, it’s the opposite; the more people that’s watching them then the more they will run and fight to win the game.
“Really, the spectators behind the team is like the old cliché; the ‘12th woman’. I really hope that we can fill at least the Main Stand.
“I know that Hearts themselves are doing some promotion amongst their own fans and I hope that we can convince a lot of them to come and make this a fantastic weekend of football in Edinburgh, first with our game on the Saturday then Hibs v Hearts on the Sunday. Book that in for football, I would say!”
Club owner Ann Budge has thrown her full backing behind the match, something that Anna is grateful of.
“I think to have the support of Ann Budge is absolutely fantastic.” She said. “I think that if we could qualify for the World Cup then we would have more supporters and more people who would want to invest in women’s football, not just in the elite level but in the grassroots level to make football available to everyone in the country.”