Craig Levein hopes Hearts’ Spanish winter training camp will stand the team in good stead for next week’s Livingston match because his side “have got some making up to do”.
The Jambos jetted out to Spain this morning and trained in their new surroundings for the first time this evening.
As the players prepare for a week of double sessions, Craig believes the warm weather training will keep fitness ticking over and help integrate the new players into the squad, while looking ahead to next Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie against Livi.
Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “It will be a week of hard work. I think its important because we’ve got a really critical match coming up against Livingston a week on Sunday so we have to be in good shape for that.
“We’ve only had a week off so we won’t lose a hell of a lot of fitness in all honesty, but I just want to make sure that we’re back up to full speed by the time that game comes around.
“There’s a bit of both, in terms of fitness and team bonding. Fitness is a little thing; having been off a week you don’t lose too much fitness so that’s part of it and it’s a small part of it.
“Bonding is a part of it as well, getting them to do some work on the training ground is another part of it and we’ve got a game at the end of the week as well. All of those things will, hopefully, put us in a good spot for Livingston.
“We can never guarantee anything but I feel that after the last performance against Livingston that we’ve got some making up to do.
“There is something to prove and we’ll use the time over here as well as we can to give us the best chance possible to win the match.”
Craig’s interview is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV by clicking here.