First Team

Neil's maroon moment

30th June 2014

Neil Alexander can't wait to pull on the jersey of his boyhood heroes when the Jambos host Manchester City.

Neil Alexander insists he'll be a proud man to run out in a Hearts jersey when Manchester City visit at Tynecastle next month.

The English Premier League champions make the trip to Gorgie on July 18 to help celebrate the centenary of the Main Stand, and the new Jambos 'keeper can't wait to make his Tynecastle debut.

Speaking to HeartsTV, Neil said: "We're not worried about Manchester City, it'll be a nice easy start for us! It's fantastic for us that they're coming up for that game to acknowledge 100 years of the Main Stand, so fair play to them.

"Hopefully they'll bring a few of their top players with them. If we can get a full house then it'll be a fantastic atmosphere and hopefully we can put on a good performance.

"Running out at a full Tynecastle, I'm sure there'll be a few hairs standing on the back of my neck. It will be fantastic for me.

"I was a Hearts fan growing up. John Robertson was my hero and I was lucky enough to work with him at Livingston for three years. I got to know him off the pitch as well so that was fantastic.

"It's going to be great running out in the maroon of Hearts to a packed home of Tynecastle. I'm looking forward to it.

"I've never played a competitive game at Tynecastle. I've only played a closed-doors game there, during the winter. It's always been a very good ground. The atmosphere is fantastic and the fans are passionate. I'll be looking forward to running out a few times at home, hopefully."

Neil's interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.