Hearts have landed a tough Premier Sports Cup last 16 draw against Celtic – despite completing the group stage section with a 100% record.

Robbie Neilson’s side will travel to Parkhead next month for the next stage of the League Cup. Hearts beat cinch Championship side Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-0 to make it four wins from four in Group A, not conceding a goal in the process. But they missed out on the seeded section by one goal and as a result, will face Celtic.

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Neilson’s side have a tough assignment. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Inverness frustrated Hearts at Tynecastle before Jamie Walker popped up with a second half strike to seal a narrow win. Here are three things we learned.

Not rewarded

Neilson guided his team through Group A with minimal fuss, but has still ended up with Celtic. 3-0 forfeits due to Covid-19 call-offs have wrecked havoc upon the Premier Sports Cup group stages and Hearts couldn’t have done much more in their games.. They’ll still back their chances of victory in Glasgow, despite the tricky assignment.

 

Walker impresses

The attacker popped up at the right moment for Hearts to seal another victory. Neilson said post-match that technically he is one of the best players at Tynecastle and that was evident against Inverness. He could be a big player this season if he manages to hit a consistent run of form.

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Walker shone. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Onwards

It’s been a decent start to the season for Hearts but now the real tests will come. Their return to the Premiership comes at home against Celtic next Saturday while the last 16 cup game against Ange Postecoglou’s team looms. Games against St Mirren, Aberdeen, Dundee United and Hibs in their opening five league matches provide big challenges.

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