Former Hearts manager Craig Levein says a contrast in mentality could lead to a Jambos shock over Celtic in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.
His former side take on Celtic in the 2020 final, a repeat of the 2019 showpiece where Levein fell short against Neil Lennon’s men. Robbie Neilson’s side will look to go one better.
While perhaps not turning in blockbuster performances every weekend, Hearts have been racking up plenty of wins in the Championship, their most recent an impressive 6-1 thrashing of Queen of the South. Celtic meanwhile have stumbled.
Recent wins against Lille and Kilmarnock have alleviated some pressure, but there is still plenty mounting on Celtic as they fall behind in the race for 10 Premiership crowns in a row.
Levein reckons that a ‘fragile’ state at Celtic Park could lead to the Tynecastle outfit sneaking a shock victory at Hampden this weekend (BBC): “I’m not so sure if Celtic are over this fragile period.
“I think if Hearts can get in front in the match or if the match goes any length of time without a goal and it becomes a bit nervous, then I think the way the Hearts players are feeling just now is probably a fair bit better than the way the Celtic players are feeling just now.
“If it’s a tight game and goes the distance then I think nerves may play a part with some of the Celtic players. Hearts are firing on cylinders and really have the bit between their teeth at the moment.
“Other than the Dunfermline match a couple of weeks back they have been sweeping away all before them. I think they’ve got a better chance than people think. If Celtic have any thoughts that this should be easy because Hearts are in a lower division then I think they’re making a huge mistake.”