First Team

Manager eager for fans' return

12th July 2021

Robbie Neilson says he’s eagerly anticipating the return of Hearts fans to Tynecastle Park.

Hearts host Cove Rangers tomorrow evening in the Premier Sports Cup in what will be the first match played in front of fans in Gorgie in 16 months.

The manager believes having any number of supporters inside the stadium will be a massive benefit to the team as the Jambos look to build on last Saturday’s season-opening win at Peterhead.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference today, he said: “We’re back at Tynecastle and we’ll get about 2,000 fans in, which is brilliant just to get the fans back in again.

“Even just at the pre-season games, when we’ve had about 250-300 fans there, it makes a massive difference, so to get 2,000 will be brilliant. We’re really looking forward to hearing the atmosphere again.

I think we all miss it. Even just the build up coming up to the game when there are fans there, you start feeling the game and the passion of the game.

“Last season it was just difficult. You were going to games and they were like pre-season games.”

Gary Mackay-Steven and Liam Boyce goals handed Hearts a comfortable victory at Balmoor on Saturday. Robbie confirmed that he has no injury worries ahead of tomorrow night and could have the services of Armand Gnanduillet. 

“They’re all fine,” he said. “Gnanduillet will potentially be back in the squad. He’ll get tested before the game and if he’s not ready he will be for Saturday.”

Robbie's press conference is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clciking here.