Hearts fired up for an Old Firm ‘double’

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Bullish Robbie Neilson insists on-song Hearts will head to Celtic Park for tomorrow night’s League Cup tie fully focused on completing a “Glasgow double”.

The head coach has tended to rotate his squad in cup ties so far this season, but has vowed that there will be no tinkering this time round as he aims to give his team the best chance possible of upsetting the Premiership champions on their own patch.

Hearts visit Glasgow’s east end having won five of their six league games, with the first of those victories coming away to Rangers on the opening day of the season. By contrast, Celtic have won only one of their past seven matches in all competitions.

With optimism levels already soaring at Tynecastle, Neilson knows victory over Ronny Deila’s stuttering team tomorrow night could illuminate Hearts’ season further.

“We want to go there and win,” declared Neilson. “I’ve decided already what I’m going to do for Celtic – it’ll be a strong team that goes there. The game’s getting beamed back to the Gorgie Suite, so that shows how much interest there is in it. We’ll also have a big support through there, so it’s important that we try and win.”

Celtic assistant manager John Collins was at Tynecastle to see Hearts hammer Cowdenbeath 5-1. Neilson insists his side have been totally focused on tomorrow’s tie since minutes after Saturday’s match finished. He added: “I spoke in the dressing-room after the Cowdenbeath game about starting to prepare for going to try and beat Celtic. It’s a great opportunity for the club. We’ve been to Glasgow already and won, so it would be great to do the double.”