First Team

Play our own game, says Robbie

4th February 2022

Robbie Neilson reckons the Jambos are capable of matching Rangers on their own turf, as Hearts finalise their preparations for Sunday’s trip to Glasgow.

HMFC arrive in Glasgow thirteen points behind second-placed Rangers in the cinch Premiership, and the manager was asked by the media what it would take for the Jam Tarts to beat the defending champions in their own house.
“That’s the golden question, isn’t it?” he smiled.
“There’s a lot of things to it. Ibrox is always a difficult venue to go to and they’re coming into it off the back of an Old Firm defeat. It could go either way but, from our perspective, we believe can get a result.”
The manager underlined his belief, highlighting positive performances against Gers already this campaign – casting his mind back to Craig Halkett’s dramatic late equaliser against Rangers last time out in Govan.
With that in mind, Robbie reaffirmed his philosophy of constantly pushing up the way.  
“We got a draw at Ibrox last time and played well for periods during the game. We’re progressing and I feel like we’re getting closer and closer. People say they’re dropping off: I wouldn’t mind their form if that’s them “dropping off”; that was their first defeat in seven or eight I believe,” he added.
“We’re in a position now where, if we keep chipping away at them, we don’t need to worry about what’s behind us. It’s important to always try and be better rather than to just accept where you are.
“We want go there and try and get a result: that’s difficult, but we’ve already played well at Ibrox once already this season. Even in the home game I thought we played really well at times, we need to take that over to Glasgow now and try and implement what we do in the game rather than just letting it happen."

You can catch Robbie's full press conference on Hearts TV. CLICK HERE.