Hearts manager Craig Levein admits that his side needs to be “better” against Celtic on Wednesday night – but insists the atmosphere at Tynecastle can help his side.

23rd January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Dundee; Heart of Midlothian manager Craig Levein and assistant Austin McPhee look frustrated as their team lags
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The Jambos suffered a surprise defeat against St. Mirren at the weekend, losing ground on the teams ahead of them in the league.

Levein believes that there was a lack of urgency from his side against the Buddies and hopes there isn’t a repeat against Celtic.

“We need to be better on Wednesday,” said Levein, as quoted by BT Sport.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic and Craig Levein, Manager of Heart of Midlothian F.C. prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC on October 28, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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“There are two big games for us. In some ways, the Celtic game will bring a different atmosphere and a different pressure which might help.

“And we need to do as well as we can in that game and pick up points and then we’ve got the game on Monday.

“We are usually good at getting off to a good start at Tynecastle and that usually gets the supporters right behind us but there was a lack of urgency, speed of passing resulting in what you’ve seen. So we need to do better.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 07: Heart of Midlothian manager Craig Levein reacts during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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The result leaves Hearts six points clear of Hibs and St. Johnstone but know that dropping more points could cost them their top six place.

Levein’s side face a tough run of fixtures in the coming weeks and a good result against Celtic could be a springboard for them.

There’s still an outside chance of European football next season for Hearts but they need to put together a solid run of results.

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