Hearts players “need to take bookings” against Celtic says Cochrane

Hearts Manager Robbie Nelson earlier today previewed the match on Saturday when the high-flying Scottish Champions Celtic are the visitors to Tynecastle and the Hearts manager knows after watching the game at Fir Park last night that it is going to be no easy task trying to stop Glasgow Celtic from putting on a show.

“It’s a huge game for us, it’s one we’re looking forward to. We watched them last night against Motherwell and they were outstanding at times. We know there’s real quality, not just within the first eleven, but the whole group,” the Hearts boss said to Sky Sports.

“But we’re at Tynecastle, full house, we’ve had periods this season when we’ve played really well and we believe we can bring that to the game and have a really good chance.

“The place will be absolutely rocking so we’re looking for a really good performance from the players, but also a really good atmosphere for the fans.

“This is the first full week we’ve had to prepare for a game. We’ve managed to get a few guys back as well, which bolsters the squad a wee bit. It’s a great game to be involved in, there’ll be a great intensity to the game,” Neilson said.

And on watching Celtic taking care of Motherwell in such a convincing manner, Neilson had this to say about his weekend opponents.

“They have a lot of possession, in the wider areas, with the numbers eights breaking forward, we have to try and shut them off. But we also have to bring an attacking threat to the game. I expect them to be very expansive and we have to try and find areas to pick them off.”

And Hearts player Alex Cochrane saying he knows how to stop Celtic, insisting that Hearts players ‘need to take bookings’ against the Champions, no doubted aided by a lenient referee.

And here’s exactly what Robbie Nelson was talking about in his Sky Sports interview. It’s the Unique Angle from Celtic TV posted earlier today.

Don’t know what I enjoyed most watching this, the quality of the four goals or the brilliant celebrations that tell you all you need to know about how this group of players are loving playing for our club.

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