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Peter: "Even better than I imagined"

13th August 2018

Peter Haring admits beating Celtic in front of a packed-out Tynecastle was better than he could ever have imagined

Peter Haring admits playing in front of a packed out Tynecastle – and beating the reigning Premiership champions – was even better than he thought it would be.

The Austrian turned in another man of the match performance in the middle of the park, helping to keep Celtic at bay as the Jambos bagged a convincing 1-0 victory, thanks to Kyle Lafferty’s second-half strike.

Peter revealed that he’s never played in front of a crowd like that before, and was delighted to be able to do so in front of his family.

“It’s even better than I imagined it would be,” he said. “I’ve never experienced anything like it before.

“To beat Celtic like this, in front of a full stadium like it was today was probably the most special day of my football career so far.

“It means a lot to be named man of the match. It made me proud.

“My family got to see me play for the first time at Tynecastle. I saw my mum, dad, uncle, cousin and my nephew Maxi, they were all part of the crowd.

“To be honest, I didn’t know what the atmosphere here would be like.

“It was the first time I really saw a full Tynecastle Park, and the crowd helped to push us on.

“They gave us so much energy, and they were the reason we kept going, because we needed energy.”

Hearts have won their opening two games and sit atop of the Ladbrokes Premiership. Peter and his teammates aren’t getting carried away, instead insisting that they need to turn out performances like Saturday on a weekly basis.

“I don’t know if we can challenge Celtic long term, but on Saturday we could,” he said. “The season is still young, and we need to go game by game right now.

Firstly, we need to ensure we continue to play like this and do so week by week, with the same energy as Saturday.

“Our game is not difficult; we try to play simple, as simple as possible.

“We know what our strengths and weaknesses are, and on Saturday the manager’s message was to play with as much energy as we could give, and I thought we did this quite well.”