Billy Brown says Hearts cannot travel to play Celtic tomorrow still thinking about the demoralising 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Hoops at the start of the month.
The Parkhead side wiped the floor with the administration-hit Jambos – docked 15 points and barred from signing new players – in their one-sided Scottish Cup fourth-round clash at Tynecastle.
And with the length of the Scottish Premiership separating the two clubs, and injuries stretching the Gorgie squad to a “critical” stage, the signs are pointing towards another tough afternoon for the Edinburgh men who will be looking to prevent leaders Celtic making it 16 league games unbeaten.
However, Hearts assistant Brown, who celebrates his 63rd birthday today, said: “There is no good going through and thinking you are going to get beat 7-0 again.
“People like to paint a picture of doom and gloom but really, everyone is bouncy and still up for it.
“We are not thinking too much about that (possibility of another heavy beating) and will prepare as best we can.
“Celtic away is always a hard fixture and it is obviously more in the spotlight with the previous result in the Scottish Cup.
“It wasn’t very nice to be beaten like that but on the day Celtic were untouchable. Some of the good Hearts teams over the years would have struggled.
“It has obviously been difficult with the injuries and once we find out exactly what we have got we can prepare as best we can and we will be as positive as we can.
“We are certainly up for the fight and the challenge.
“We need a bit of good luck but we are going to Parkhead with the belief that we will do something.
“It is a great experience for these boys.”