Liam Fox hopes a big Tynecastle crowd can spur his youngsters on to victory in Saturday’s East of Scotland Shield match against Hibs.
The young maroons host city rivals Hibs in the annual showpiece match, which will be contested at U18 level, and U17s coach Liam believes his players are determined to put on a good show and clinch the trophy.
Speaking exclusively to Hearts News, he said: “It’s nice to win Development League games but it’s not all about that, it’s about developing players and individuals.
“This is a wee bit different but it’s something that the boys, myself and the whole club has been looking forward to for a wee while now. The lads involved are really looking forward to it, what with it being played at Tynecastle.
“Hopefully we get a few supporters turning up and taking a look at the boys and giving them a wee bit of support. Hopefully it’ll be a decent wee atmosphere for them.
“The pitch at Tynecastle is in fantastic condition too and it’s a day we’re looking to.
“We don’t have the best record in this competition and it’s been brought up to me a few times! If we can change that then great but we’re going out there to do our very best.
“If we perform on the day, then nine times out of ten you’ll get a result and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”
Some of the club’s finest young talent will be on display and Liam is confident that whoever gets the nod will do the club proud.
“A few of the full time lads are still under 18 years of age so they’ll be involved, dependent on injuries and if Robbie wants certain players involved,” he said. “We could potentially have the likes of Sean McKirdy, Callumn Morrison, Leon Jones, Daniel Baur, Lewis Moore and Russell McLean involved, plus some of the U17s as well.
“It’s a good group of players and I’m hoping that whoever’s involved they’ll put on a good performance.”
The match kicks off at 11am on Saturday with the Main Stand open for supporters. Entry is £5 adults, £2 concessions and turnstiles open at 10am.
Home fans will be housed in the south section of the main stand, with visiting supporters in the north section.