First Team

Irving: We can prevail

10th February 2020

Andy Irving knows Hearts will be underdogs against Celtic but insists the Jambos will go to Glasgow with belief.

The men in maroon resume league duty on Wednesday night when they travel to Celtic Park, hot on the heels of booking a Scottish Cup quarter-final slot by beating Falkirk at the weekend.

Paired with Rangers in the last eight, Andy cites the last meeting between the two clubs – which Hearts won 2-1 at Tynecastle - as evidence that underdogs can prevail and he’s looking for same kind of performance against the champions in midweek.

“We were underdogs against Rangers and will be against Celtic,” he said. “It'll be a tough game, no doubt.

“They're in good form but when you see what happened against Rangers we'll go there with belief.

“It'll be different at Celtic Park. It's a bigger pitch and we're not at home so it's maybe a bit more difficult.

“Obviously this is a different game and different atmosphere but we need to get back to that level as quickly as possible.

“We're scoring goals at the moment but we need to stop conceding as many.

"I hope so (that luck is changing) but we need to make it turn ourselves to be honest. It's down to us.

“The league is paramount. We want a cup run as well but it's paramount we stay in the league."

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