Craig Gordon admits it’s bittersweet to be back home at Tynecastle without any fans.
The Scotland keeper returned to Hearts in the summer and has kept two clean sheets upon his Gorgie comeback in closed-door friendly run outs against East Fife and Partick Thistle over the past week.
While happy to be back at Tynecastle, Craig admits it’s not the same without the fans and he knows it’s up to the senior players to spur on their teammates to avoid any performances dipping with no supporters there to push them on.
“It is a great place to play although we would much prefer to have the backing of the fans and that definitely helps the players give that little bit extra,” he said. “You could see on Saturday that players were getting tired in the last 10-15 minutes but if this place is full then you tend to find that extra little bit of energy and without the fans that is something we are going to have to find ourselves.
“We will have to spur each other on in those moments when you need that lift and that little bit of help to deal with the situation.
“There are not many better places to play in Scotland when this place is full. The atmosphere is incredible.
“Ask any player who has played here, either for or against Hearts, and they will tell you it is one of the best atmospheres you can get.
“The stands are so close to the pitch and it is a miss not to have them full.”