Steven Naismith believes the ‘Tynecastle factor’ will have a big part to play when Hearts face Celtic on Saturday.
The Jambos, fresh off the back of a thumping 4-1 opening day win at Hamilton Accies, host the reigning champions in Gorgie in a hotly anticipated first home game of the Ladbrokes Premiership season.
Steven’s Hearts have hit 14 goals in the last three matches, with the forward bagging four for himself, and although he knows just how tough a test Saturday’s game will be, he’s banking on the Jambos’ support to play in a major part in the afternoon’s proceedings.
Speaking to HeartsTV, Steven said: “It’ll be tough. They’ve been the benchmark over the past years. Us, as a squad, we are moving forward and we want to compete with them.
“We know it’s going to be tough. They’re got their mind set on Europe as well, which is a tricky situation for them to be in, in terms of they’ve got two massive games and we’re sandwiched in between.
“From our side, as a club, fans, players, we need to recognise that and start with a good tempo in the game but also make it a tremendous atmosphere for us to push on.
“The Tynecastle factor is big. The form last season shows that but if we can go into every game and make it a place where players don’t want to come and play then it’s to our advantage.
“Maybe even if ten minutes go by and it’s been a slow, sluggish start the fans do really make a difference.
“If they can get behind the boys as much as they can then it definitely spurs us on.”
Steven’s interview is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV.