Hearts have been warned to beware former players returning to Tynecastle to prove a point with Raith Rovers this weekend.
Christian Nade, Calum Elliot, Jason Thomson and Liam Fox are all ex-Jambos, as is their manager Grant Murray.
Rangers’ win over Cowdenbeath on Tuesday evening reduced Hearts’ advantage at the top of the SPFL Championship to four points. Neilson is eager to avoid any slip-ups with the Glasgow club due at Tynecastle in two weeks.
Raith’s array of former Hearts players makes them dangerous opponents, according to Neilson. He believes the fact Rovers lost 4-0 last time the teams met at Stark’s Park will give them extra motivation this time.
“We had a really good performance against Raith at Kirkcaldy and they will want to come here and put that right,” said Neilson today. “These guys are coming back having left the club a few years ago so it’s important we approach it properly.
“I remember Christian from my time playing here. I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and I know he’s had an injury so I’m not sure if he’ll play. They are all hard games in this league and every match is different.
“Teams will come to Tynecastle and relish the atmosphere so it’s important we don’t just expect to turn up and win. We need to do the right things to try and win the game and we know it’s going to be difficult.”
Meanwhile, Hearts’ Scottish Cup home fourth-round tie with Celtic has been moved to Sunday, November 30, kick-off 3.15pm, and will be shown live on Sky Sports.