First Team

Levein: Players will enjoy Murrayfield

7th September 2017

Craig Levein believes his players will enjoy experience of BT Murrayfield when Jambos face Aberdeen on Saturday.

Craig Levein believes there's no better place than BT Murrayfield for Hearts to call their home for the next seven weeks.

The Jambos kick off the a three game run at the home of Scottish rugby on Saturday when they host Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Premiership, and Craig thinks the players should have no problem adapting to their new surroundings.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “It’s difficult, but going to BT Murrayfield on Saturday, I’ve been there before.

“I’ve got good memories and good experiences there.

“If you’re going to be away from home, somewhere that’s going to be called a home game, then is that not a brilliant place to go?

“It’s a wonderful stadium and the pitch will be brilliant. I’m looking forward to it.

“I think the players will enjoy it. It’s a neutral venue, it’s not a home match and it’s not an away match. As I say the stadium’s fantastic, the pitch will be amazing and there will be no excuses.”

With four points on the board after four games, Craig has outlined the importance of getting the team into a winning habit but first, some stability has to be restored.

“We’ve got a situation that’s a little bit unusual but there’s ways of coping with it,” he said. “I think its important that all of us realise that we need to keep our emotions under control, play with a focus and determination that enables us to win matches.

“It’s results initially, once you get results people want you to play well. I want to get to the point where people want us to play well.

“At this minute in time, all the things that have happened since the start of pre-season training have been quite stressful for the players, you could imagine.

“I’m just trying to calm everybody down and keep it simple, and make sure that we play with an energy and drive and passion that our supporters want.”

Craig’s pre-match press conference is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV.