Hearts legend David Weir believes that Hearts can win at Easter Road for the second time this season when the final Edinburgh derby takes place on Sunday.
Weir played for the Hearts team which last achieved this feat 22 years ago, but he admits that it will be difficult for Hearts to defeat Hibs, but that ‘it’s possible’.
“You have to do both”
“You have to stand up for yourself and win the fight, and you also need to play well. To win derbies, you have to do both” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.
“The fact Hearts’ players have gone there and won already will help. They know it’s possible” he concluded.
Hearts won in December when the teams last met at Easter Road, a fine goal by Olly Lee the difference between the sides in a 1-0 win.
Hearts have stumbled since then however, and find themselves three points behind their bitter rivals in the league table.
Pressure on Hearts boss
The last match between the sides saw Hibs win 2-1 at Tynecastle earlier this month. A win for Hearts would relieve the pressure on manager Craig Levein, who has found himself under fire despite reaching next month’s Scottish Cup Final.
As Weir says, the players have got to stand up for themselves. That begins when they head to Easter Road on Sunday. If they don’t, it could be a long day for the Tynecastle side.