First Team

Christophe: 200 is an honour

13th December 2018

If Christophe Berra takes to the turf at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Friday night, he will be doing so for the 200th time in a Hearts shirt.

It's a massive milestone for the captain who came through the youth academy at the club before going on to become captain at the age of 22 in August 2007.

His pedigree soon attracted English Premier League clubs and Christophe enjoyed spells at Wolves and Ipswich but after eight-and-a-half years away, the skipper came home at the start of last season.

"I’m obviously really proud of that, especially when I’ve been away for over eight seasons," Christophe said.

"I’ve been lucky – apart from that one there – to be injury free most of my career and it’s a great honour to represent this club with hopefully over 200 appearances."

The centre-half has been quite clear about where he sees the next few years of his career - in the Capital.

"I’ve said before, you don’t realise that it [Edinburgh] is such a great city to live in first and foremost. All my family are here, my relatives and my partner.

"I always wanted to come back. Hearts, being such a big club in a big city - it can’t be more appealing. I started my career there and hopefully I’ll finish it there – and hopefully I’ve got many years ahead of me."

But before any personal achievements comes football, and the game against Livingston is at the forefront of Christophe's mind.

"We know it’s going to be a tough game. Livingston have done exceptionally well this season. They’ve been very hard to beat and they’ve won a lot of games. Their home record is very good as well. They managed to draw with Celtic, beat Rangers, beat Hibs.

"We know that going there is going to be one of the toughest games of the season. We’ll respect them and we won’t fear them."