FORMER Hearts skipper Steven Pressley believes the Jambos can challenge for this season’s Premiership title.
The Tynecastle side sit top of the league with a 100 per cent record after four games. And former Falkirk and Coventry boss Pressley insists astute signings and solid foundations built at the club could swing things the Jambos’ way this term.
Pressley, speaking in his role as a Ladbrokes SPFL ambassador, said: “Hearts have been very creative in the transfer market. They’ve plundered Europe and made some astute signings. Under the guidance of Robbie Neilson, they can be a threat.
“Their recruitment has focussed on very robust players who can deal with the physicality of the British game and that could be crucial.
“Like Chelsea in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho, Hearts have built a solid foundation and they’ll be able to handle playing in the most difficult venues during the harsh winter months.
“Sometimes you have to dig out those 1-0 wins on poor playing surfaces. Pitches deteriorate in Scotland far more than south of the Border and you need a side that can deal with that.
“Even before the start of the season I really believed that Hearts can go the distance. There’s an energy and belief coming from the club that’s infectious.
“Robbie is a friend of mine and so is the chief scout. Every single person at Tynecastle is pulling in the right direction and that’s clear for all to see.
“Will their results against Celtic decide where the league title ends up? I don’t think so.
“It’s about taking care of the other teams and Hearts have done that in their opening four games.
“Their title challenge will come from being consistent over the course of the campaign.
“Regardless of whether Celtic get through to the Champions League group stages, they’ll be pushed all the way.”