First Team

Robbie: Hearts can handle pressure

17th January 2022

Robbie Neilson spoke of his excitement for the return of fans, as Hearts gear up to welcome home capacity crowds against St. Johnstone tomorrow night.

Clubs voted to bring the winter break in Scotland forward to maximise the possibility of fans returning in response to the spread of the Omicron variant.

With the Tynecastle turnstiles set to click into life once again, Robbie was pleased that the decision to bring the break forward was vindicated.

"It's worked out well. There was always that doubt when the clubs decided to bring the break forward a wee bit; that even when we came back we might not have full fans in," he told the press ahead of Tuesday night's match.

"To have a full allocation is brilliant. The Ross County game was really difficult for everybody, so it'll be great to have them back."

A bumper fixture list awaits the boys in maroon in the coming month with the second half of league fixtures and a Scottish Cup campaign still to come.

Sitting pretty in third, the manager brushed off suggestions that the pressure was on Hearts to maintain their early-season form, insisiting that every match the Jam Tarts are involved in comes with pressure.

"I don't think there is, to be honest. When you play for Hearts, there's pressure on you in every single game. We're expected to win all our home games, tomorrow night included," he added.

"We're in a great position at the moment, but we're only five points clear. Our aim is to try and get as close to the Old Firm as we can. If we do that, and aim up the way, then we don't need to worry about what's behind us.

"There's a daily pressure on the players here to train well and get in the team, and when they're in it - to win games and three points."

You can click here to view Robbie's presser in full on Hearts TV.