Hearts boss Daniel Stendel believes the Jambos have nothing to lose tonight when they face Celtic.
The Hoops travel to Tynecastle to take on a beleaguered Jambos side toiling near the Premiership’s basement. They’re joint-bottom with Hamilton but could move away from Accies ahead of their game on Saturday with a positive Gorgie result.
It’s a daunting task, however, for Hearts tonight but Stendel insists that there’s only one outcome Hearts can achieve.
“I didn’t expect that the confidence would be so low,” Stendel conceded to the Courier (page 51, 18/12/19). “I hoped I could change it quicker but they didn’t lose it the previous week, it was over a long time. I hope we don’t need so much time to change it.
“The advantage is the expectation on Wednesday is not so high. As we say in Germany, we can only win.”
Avoid a heavy defeat
The vast majority of people turning up to Tynecastle to watch this game will be expecting one outcome. It’ll be up to the German to make sure Celtic don’t run over the top of his new side.
Injuries and suspension will continue to hamper the Jambos, with key players like Steven Naismith, John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu definitely out whilst the likes of Jamie Brandon and Christophe Berra are currently running a fitness race.
Take all that into account and with recent home form, winning just twice in league action since March at Tynecastle, it points to one outcome. A defeat won’t be disastrous but a heavy one will dent their already shattered confidence.
It’s that scenario which Stendel must make sure Hearts avoid.