First Team

Robbie: No pressure here

21st November 2014

Robbie Neilson expects tight affair tomorrow against Rangers, but doesn't think Jambos are under any pressure.

Robbie Neilson doesn’t think a lot separates his side from tomorrow’s visitors Rangers, but insists that the Jambos aren’t under any pressure.

The Ibrox outfit travel to Tynecastle for the first time this season, following a Hearts win in the opening game of the campaign in Glasgow.

A six-point cushion sits between the two clubs and although Robbie acknowledges the importance of the eagerly anticipated match, he’s reiterated that the Championship won’t be won tomorrow.

Speaking at this morning’s pre-match press conference at Tynecastle, Robbie said: “I don’t think we’re under any pressure. It’s up to Rangers to decide if they are or not. I don’t know what they think.

“We don’t look at it as a pressure game for us. It’s a great game. We look at it optimistically, that we can go into it, perform and hopefully get the three points. We’ll look after ourselves.

“I don’t think there’s any favourites. I think it’s a very evenly matched game. Both teams have gone on good runs. Both teams have got good players in it. It’s going to be a very tight game.

“I don’t think this game is going to have a huge bearing on the rest of the season, it’s another three points.

“From our perspective we need to go and use this as an opportunity to go and play and try and get three points. We’re going to go out there and try and pass the ball and do things right and play the same style of football that we’ve had this season.

“Every Sunday we come in, the next Saturday is the biggest test. That’s the way we’ve looked at it all season. We haven’t focused on the Rangers game until after the Falkirk game.

“Everyday is a test. Every time we come in the players are tested to give 100% and try and improve. If they come in one day and don’t improve then they’ve failed.”

Robbie revealed that there may be a change or two for tomorrow’s match and he’ll give Danny Wilson every opportunity to make it.

“Tomorrow there will be one or two changes,” he said. “We’ve got a squad that we need to utilise it for certain players that are combating things.

“Danny will train again today and we’ll make a final decision tomorrow. I don’t want to take a risk with him. He’s a big player for us and although tomorrow’s a big game for us, there’s another big game the following week and the one after that. It’s a long season and I don’t want to take the risk of putting him in now if he’s not ready and gets injured again. We could then lose him for three or four months.”

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