Olly Lee believes the Tynecastle crowd can help spur Hearts on to victory when Celtic come to town this evening.
The Jambos take on the Glasgow side under the floodlights in Gorgie, having ran out 1-0 winners over the champions when the two teams met back in August.
With a capacity crowd expected tonight, midfielder Olly knows just how intimidating Tynecastle can be for visiting teams and he hopes his side gets off to a flier so as to encourage the Hearts support to get behind the team from first whistle to last.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “The crowd here is everything. I think if we can get them behind us and roaring us on then it’s like having a 12th man out there.
“We all know how much of a fortress Tynecastle can be and we’re determined to get it back to that.
“We need to make sure we get off to a fast start and get the fans flying behind us because that makes all the difference.
“There’s no team in world football that could come here and not be intimidated when it’s really buzzing and the crowd is going for it.
“If we can get that then we’re all confident for a good result.”
One of only three teams to have been victorious twice on home turf against Celtic since the Brendan Rodgers era began back in 2016, and came to an end yesterday, the Jam Tarts have a good recent Tynecastle record against the Hoops.
Olly acknowledges that recent results haven’t been up to scratch, but he insists there is no better game to try and get back to winning ways.
“I think there is no better opportunity for us,” he said. “Celtic are coming to town and we like to put a performance on for the fans. We did it last time they were here so hopefully we can do it again.
“We’ve got to put in a consistent run of good performances and the results that come with that. We maybe need a bit more confidence at the minute, but with a few more goals flowing then it will come.
“Football is very up and down and these things happen but it’s how you react to them and we’re looking to bounce back tonight.
“It’s the perfect game for us, to take on the champions and show them what we’re about. We know we’re a good side, we’ve proven that we’re a good side.
“We’re having a bit of a blip at the minute but what better way (to get over it) than by playing Celtic at home?”
Olly’s pre-match press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.