HEARTS

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Hearts head coach Rob­bie Neil­son in­sists he is de­ter­mined to cre­ate a Gorgie side ca­pa­ble of “dom­i­nat­ing” Celtic.

The cap­i­tal club claimed a cred­itable 0-0 draw in Glas­gow on Satur­day fol­low­ing a stoic de­fen­sive dis­play.

It was the first time Hearts have avoided de­feat at Celtic Park since Oc­to­ber 2009, when a team in­clud­ing the likes of Lee Wal­lace, Ian Black and Chris­tian Nade claimed a League Cup 1-0 win.

Neil­son’s men could have pinched the vic­tory when Sam Ni­chol­son scam­pered to­wards goal in the dy­ing em­bers, how­ever Efe Am­brose hauled him down to deny a clear goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity, re­ceiv­ing a red card for his trou­bles.

Neil­son said: “We are pleased with the point but, long-term, I’d like to build a team that can go to Celtic Park and get three points.

“That is our aim. We want to build a team that can go to Celtic and com­pete, play bet­ter football and dom­i­nate the game.

“That is the pro­ject and we are still a lit­tle bit away from it, but we are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“We could have nicked it but, all in all, a point is a de­cent re­sult.”

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