First Team

Robbie's raring to go

7th August 2014

Robbie Neilson knows his players want to win every game they enter in to as Jambos prepare for Ibrox trip.

Robbie Neilson has revealed that he's not putting his players under any pressure to win at Ibrox on Sunday because he already knows that they want to win every game.

The Jambos kick-off life in the Championship against Rangers this weekend, and although Robbie knows how difficult a game it will be, he's insists his players can handle the occasion.

Speaking to the media this morning at the Hearts Football Academy, Robbie said: "As a player you want to win every game. Every time we came in at the start of the season, no matter who it was in the league - Rangers or Celtic - we always had the ambition to try and win the league.

"You go as hard as you can and you go at it. As a coach, I'm trying to instil that into the players as well. You must have ambitions that, for every game, you must try and win.

"Rangers are still a huge club. There's still a big stadium to go to, a big crowd, a good atmosphere. There's the build-up to the game, the media interest and everything that goes along with a game like that.

"We have players who have played in big games. A lot of them played in them last year, a lot of them played in them abroad. We'll try and instil a confidence in them that they can go there and perform like they can at Tynecastle and every other ground.

"Everybody's under pressure but pressure is something you just put on yourself. It's important that the players are free and feel relaxed, and it's my job to try and take that pressure off them to go and play.

"If the players have the freedom to go and play - but with a structure - then they can go there and perform. I'm confident we can put on a good performance."

Robbie's pre-match press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.