Hearts boss relishing derby towards former team-mate

Hearts supervisor Robbie Neilson is wanting ahead to locking horns with former team-mate and new Hibs boss Lee Johnson, however is set to make it possible for the derby bragging rights stay in Gorgie.

The pair lined up within the profitable Hearts workforce that cut up the Outdated Agency and gained the Scottish Cup in 2006 and have stored in contact since.

Johnson even despatched a tongue-in-cheek warning to Neilson throughout his unveiling as Easter Street supervisor final month, saying: “I’m coming for you curly toe’.

That comment was in reference to what Johnson claimed was the right-back’s dodgy crossing capability.

Neilson is in Spain with the Hearts squad at a coaching camp

Johnson’s assistant Jamie McAllister was additionally a part of that Hearts workforce 16 years in the past and they’ll go head-to-head within the second weekend of the Premiership season when Hearts make the journey to Leith.

Neilson, whose Hearts aspect are the workforce to beat exterior of the Outdated Agency after ending third within the Premiership final season, stated: “Wee Johnno, I do know him very properly. Jamie as properly. I performed with him for plenty of years.

“We’ve had a dialog right here and there however when the derby comes, the derby comes and everyone seems to be eager to win.

“I’ve stored in contact with Lee a wee bit since our taking part in days, going again and ahead.

“I’ve identified him since he got here up right here in 2006 and we’ve at all times form of stored in touch.

“It’s good to see him again in administration, however hopefully he’s not profitable!”

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The Edinburgh derby has already been pencilled into the diary by each units of followers however Hearts will likely be seeking to get the marketing campaign off to a profitable begin per week earlier once they host Ross County.

Hearts are in Spain for a coaching camp and Hearts will step up their preparations right now with a pleasant towards Europa FC of Gibraltar this night.

Nevertheless, Neilson, whose workforce may even enter the Europa League on the play-off stage on August 18, insists their full consideration is on the County match regardless of the joy of a derby simply eight days later.

He stated: “You wish to play in these large video games, however our focus has received to be on Ross County at dwelling and ensure we win that.

“We’ve received European video games after that which have to be put to mattress.

“The derby sure, you’re at all times eager about it when it comes however the first one’s received to be Ross County and be prepared for that.”

Neilson, in the meantime, insists he was glad Hearts signed Kye Rowles earlier than he enhanced his profile one the worldwide scene.

The defender joined from Central Coast Mariners on June 9, only a week after made his debut for Australia in a pleasant towards Jordan.

Rowles then impressed because the Socceroos beat the UAE and Peru to safe a spot on the World Cup in Qatar.

The 24-year-old will hyperlink up with the squad once they return from Spain after each he and Hearts right-back Nathaniel Atkinson got further day off following their exploits with Australia.

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Neilson stated: “We have been glad to get him in earlier than his worldwide profession took off. We knew he was participant who can be across the squad however he has clearly performed in each video games and executed rather well. I believe he will likely be a superb participant for us.”

We’ve got Atkinson there and Cammy Devlin, so this offers these guys a carrot to both keep in there or get within the World Cup squad. It’s nice for us as properly.”