Hearts manager Robbie Neilson says his players anticipate ‘a totally different atmosphere’ away to Celtic in the Premier Sports Cup round of 16.
The Tynecastle side defeated Celtic 2-1 in new manager Ange Postecoglou’s first Scottish Premiership match. Neilson will hope his side extend their six-game winning run to seven at Parkhead this weekend, with a place in the League Cup’s last eight at stake. But he knows things are different.
Neilson said: “Whenever you go from a home game to an away game, especially going to Celtic Park it’s a totally different atmosphere. The pitch is big and they have 50,000, 60,000 behind them so we know it’s going to be a different game.
“The actual team hasn’t changed a lot. You are looking at Tom Rogic and Kyogo Furuhashi so other than that it’s the team we played but obviously at a different venue.
“If you lose a game the mindset is different, you win a game it changes quickly. Celtic have had a couple of good results recently as we have so we know it’s a different ball game when you go to Celtic Park.
“We want to go there and win. We are in the cup with a chance to go and progress into the next round. I think we have a really good team here. We need to make additions we know that to give us more strength and depth but the actual first eleven or 14 players here are very very good so we go into the game with a lot of confidence.”
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