The first Edinburgh derby of the season takes place this afternoon as both sides look for a vital win. Hibs are currently tenth heading into this game whilst Hearts are bottom.
Dalglish reckons that both managers would be happy enough with a draw given recent results.
He wrote in his Sunday Post column (22/09/19, page 11): “The Edinburgh derby is vitally important today, if either side loses it could have an unfavourable outcome for the manager.
“Sure you want to win every game and you set out to do so, but perhaps Paul Heckingbottom and Craig Levein would both settle for a draw today. That may well give them a bit of respite.
“They haven’t had the best of starts and there is some supporter unrest.”
Hearts and Hibs need wins to appease the fans
A draw isn’t as bad as a defeat, but for Hearts and Hibs fans, only a win will lift any sort of pressure on their under-fire bosses.
This is especially the case for Hearts. Levein hasn’t guided them to a league win since March and even a win at Easter Road might not be enough to appease some fans.
Heckingbottom is under pressure too but a derby win may buy him time. A defeat or even a home draw against a struggling Hearts side would put him under serious pressure.
For fans, a point each simply isn’t good enough. Both sides are struggling and will be looking at one another as an opportunity to kickstart their respective campaigns.
With the heat on both managers, it’s unlikely that either boss can afford to drop any more points.