First Team

Playing it cool

24th October 2017

Ross Callachan says cool heads can prevail in tonight's Edinburgh derby.

Ross Callachan believes cool heads will prevail in tonight’s Edinburgh derby.

Hearts head to Easter Road this evening for a mouth-watering capital clash against Hibs, and the former Raith Rovers skipper has plenty of experience lining up against the Hibees in recent years.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Ross said: “I’ve played against Hibs for Raith Rovers a few times, I think I played against them seven times in one season, so I know what they’re like, I know their players.

“I know what it’s like playing at Easter Road and I know what their fans are like.

“As a player, in the game you’ve just got to play the game and not the occasion. If you get caught up in the emotions then that’s when sending offs happen and it can affect your own game.

“As a player you’ve got to play with ice in your veins, a cool, calm and collected head.

“If you can do that and get the majority of the boys to do that you’ll probably come out on top.”

The Jambos moved above Hibs in the Ladbrokes Premiership table after Saturday’s win over St Johnstone. Ross admits he’d not paid much attention to Hibs’ form, instead preferring to focus solely on Hearts.

“I’m focused on Hearts and I know what we’ve got in the changing room,” he said. “If we can play with our heads tonight, play the game and focus on what we can control, focus on playing well and sticking to our gameplan then we’ve got a right good chance of winning the game.

“I know what it means, being a Hearts fan. But it’s not just me, there’s a lot of boys in there that know, that knows what it means. I think we’ll show that tonight.”

Ross’ press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.