Hearts manager Robbie Neilson insists his players have to go to Ibrox on Saturday with belief they can beat Rangers and extend their unbeaten run to go top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Tynecastle side head across the M8 as the only unbeaten side left in the top-flight but know the champions have an incredible record at home in the league, not tasting defeat in G51 since losing to Hamilton in early 2020.

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Neilson is looking forward to heading to Ibrox and thinks that having visiting fans inside the 50,000-capacity ground is great with the Jambos fans  “desperate” to get back to away days.

“First and foremost you have to have belief that we’re going to go and do it,” Neilson said.

“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.”

Hearts have a full squad to pick from at Ibrox and Neilson will be hoping his side perform better than Edinburgh rivals Hibs after the Tynecastle boss made the trip to Glasgow to watch Rangers take on the Easter Road side before the international break.

If Neilson has done his homework well enough, he could well end the weekend with his side sitting two points clear at the top of the Premiership.

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