First Team

Progress made

31st March 2016

Robbie Neilson thinks his side are ready for Celtic challenge thanks to experience gained.

Robbie Neilson believes his side is a better one now than the last time they played at Celtic Park.

The Jambos held Celtic to a 0-0 draw in Glasgow back in September, and the head coach thinks both his foreign and young players have gained a wealth of experience since, that will hopefully lead to the men in maroon taking all three points on Saturday.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “Obviously going to Parkhead is always tough. We went there and defended really well and had the opportunity to knick it at the end, but didn’t quite do it. It gives the boys confidence, that they can go there and get a result.

“We’ve progressed recently. The players that have come in have more experience of the Scottish game, the young players have got more experience of playing first-team football, so I think we’re in a better position than we were the last time.”

2009 was the last time Hearts picked up a victory at Celtic Park, but Robbie intends to use that statistic as inspiration for his team this weekend.

“When you’ve not won there in a while it just means that you’ve got the opportunity to be the first one to do it for a while,” he said. “The players are confident, they want to go there and win.

“We’ve got an idea of how we’re going to do it, hopefully we we’ll do it.”