Craig Halkett has hailed the Hearts mentality, saying the Jambos are more than a match for any team in Scotland.
The JTs lock horns with Celtic at Tynecastle tomorrow night, with the tantalising prospect of cutting the gap on the second-placed Celts up for grabs.
Far from feeling the pressure of the occasion, our big centre-back reckons that the boys in maroon relish the opportunity of performing on the biggest stages.
“Hearts are a big club in this country; we feel like we can go out and compete with every team we face,” he told the media ahead of the game.
“We’re never going to play home or away and try and sit back and absorb pressure. Everyone within the squad believes we’ve got the quality to take our game to anyone.
“If you don’t think a club like Hearts should be at the top end challenging, then you’re not at the right place. This group knows it’s good enough to challenge for European places and try and get to cup finals. I think that mentality is reflected in the results we’ve gotten so far in the league.”
Fresh from penning new terms at Tynecastle, and fully recovered from a knock sustained in December, Craig is looking forward to continuing this sparkling season – saying that Hearts know Celtic are there to be had following earlier results.
“It’s a massive game. It was good to get the win in the cup at the weekend, but our attention turns back to league business now,” he added.
“I had a slight niggle I picked up during the boxing day game. It was a small injury but the winter break came at a good time. I was able to spend a bit of time recovering and I’ve come through ninety minutes well since then.
“That first win over them was massive and got us off to a terrific start. I think even in the two games against Celtic that followed - we were very close both times. That gave us the confidence that we could go out and compete, and even do one better and get three points.”