First Team

Robbie: This team has belief

14th October 2021

Robbie Neilson says his unbeaten side has belief ahead of Saturday’s trip to Glasgow.

The Jambos face Rangers, with the cinch Premiership’s top spot awaiting the victor.

Delighted to have the backing of 900 Hearts fans inside Ibrox, the manager knows how tough a test the champions will pose but he says his players head along the M8 full of confidence.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “First and foremost you have to have belief that we’re going to go and do it.

“We have to play the way we’ve played all season, which is on the front foot. We need to get our good players into good areas. That’s what we hope to do.

“Also, you need to carry a wee bit of luck when you go there. There’s no doubting that they will have possession within the game. They have some very, very good players and we have to try negate them.

“For me, it’s just about believing that we can go and do, and going out and carrying it out.

“Belief is probably the biggest thing when you go to these venues. It’s the biggest test.

“You can talk all week, you can work on the training field all week but when you step out there on the pitch and the intensity, the 52,000 fans that are there, good players playing against you, can you carry out the gameplan and get to our levels?

“It’s another test for our players and I believe that they can. They’re all good players and the majority of them are experienced in big venues as well. We give ourselves a good chance.

“It’s huge, to have a presence inside the stadium. If we can get a foothold in the game and we can do well then we get support off the fans as well. I think it’s great.

“Also, from the fans’ perspective there are a lot of them who have been desperate to get back to away games, so for them to get into Ibrox is great.”

Robbie’s press conference is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here.