Andy Irving believes that Hearts need to think a result is possible against Celtic as top meets bottom in Premiership action.

The Jambos are going into the Celtic Park clash off the back of a 1-0 Scottish Cup win over Falkirk. They are on a decent run of results, having lost just once in their last seven, including a 2-1 win over Rangers.

Hearts recorded a big win over the Gers recently. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Irving has come back into the starting XI in recent times. The ‘Portobello Pirlo’ has started the last five games, having missed the previous eight matches.

Hearts’ midfield talent knows they’ll be up against it when facing Celtic but recent positives must serve as encouragement: “We need to make our luck turn ourselves.

“The league is obviously paramount for staying in it. I think we were underdogs against Rangers and we’ll be underdogs against Celtic. But it’ll be a tough game, they are in good form.

Hearts and Celtic will lock horns again
Hearts and Celtic will lock horns again as Daniel Stendel prepares the Jambos for a Glasgow trip. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“You seen what happened against Rangers. We’ll go into the game with full confidence and belief. It’ll be different at Celtic Park, obviously it’s a bigger pitch and perhaps a bit more difficult.

“But as I said, we’ll go there with full belief. We are scoring goals at the moment but we need to stop conceding as many. I got my chance against Aberdeen and I knew it was big with the winter break coming up.

“It’s been good. That’s key with the manager, he wants everyone to take responsibility. I think it’s something you’ve got to live with in football, especially playing for a club like Hearts, there’s a lot of pressure.”

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