First Team

Skipper wants 100%

1st April 2016

Alim Ozturk knows Hearts will have to give everything to take full points at Celtic Park.

Alim Ozturk insists Hearts will have to be at their best to take points from Celtic tomorrow.

The Jambos were flying high recently, with four wins and four clean sheets on the bounce, but were stopped in their tracks by St Johnstone two weeks ago.

Skipper Alim knows his side have to bounce back and give it their all if they are to take anything from Celtic Park this weekend.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “After four games with clean sheets and wins, to lose a game (against St Johnstone) like that, well we were flying but now we’re back on the ground.

“I think that we have to play every game and go 100% otherwise you can see what will happen.

“We’re not happy about the St Johnstone result but it happened and now we are looking forward to the Celtic game.”

It’s been honours even so far this season against Celtic, with the two previous encounters ending in draws. Alim is anticipating a different kind of match-up this weekend, as the Jambos head into a period of three games in six days.

“Yes we can take confidence from the two previous games,” he said. “They were two different games and I think it will be a different one on Saturday.

“The away games was 0-0, the home was 2-2 when we drew in the last minute. I think on Saturday it will be a different one.

“A tough week is coming. We play different teams this time, we play against Celtic and Aberdeen who are two teams above.

“But if you something this season then I think this week is really important. The gap between us and fourth is big, but between us and Aberdeen is not that big.

“This week will be important. To catch them we have to get results, so this week will be really important.”