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Sport Why Robbie Neilson won't make major changes to Hearts XI v Inverness - and why win is important

04:20  22 july  2021
04:20  22 july  2021 Source:   edinburghnews.scotsman.com

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  Stirling Albion v Hearts: team news, starting XI, how to watch Premier Sports Cup clash Hearts travel to Stirling Albion on Tuesday night in their penultimate Premier Sports Cup group stage match.Hearts lost 2-0 to Sunderland at the weekend in a pre-season friendly as Robbie Neilson made changes to the team. It provided fringe players and young stars crucial game time to get match fitness ahead of the start of the league campaign.

Robbie Neilson was happy with the win over Stirling. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group). The 17-year-old stepped off the bench to score the second goal in the team’s 2-0 win over Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium in the Premier Sports Cup. It was a result which sees Hearts top the group and Stirling Albion earned the praise of Robbie Neilson after making it difficult throughout for Hearts who face Inverness CT at Tynecastle Park next before they start their cinch Premiership campaign with a home clash against Celtic. The visitors required a piece of magic from Gary Mackay-Steven to set

Robbie Neilson admits he could bring winger Sam Nicholson back to Hearts as the new manager pledged to use the club's controversial relegation as motivation for next season. Former Hearts defender Neilson , who replaces Daniel Stendel, says he returns a better manager four years after leaving for MK Dons. "Down there it was a totally different culture," he said. "I learned a lot from the man-management side of it. "And then I had the pressure of the Dundee United job, who had been in the Championship for four years and I had to get them out last season."

The Tynecastle side have qualified for the knockout stages of the Premier Sports Cup with a game to spare having topped Group A.

Robbie Neilson in a blue shirt © Robbie Neilson doesn't anticipate making huge changes for the Inverness CT clash. (Photo by Mark Sca...

With Celtic first up in the league a week on Saturday the Neilson is keen to keep the momentum following the 2-0 victory over Stirling Albion on Tuesday evening.

So far, nine players have started in the wins over Peterhead, Cove Rangers and Stirling all three games.

“It’s good to get the three points, that’s us on nine now so that is us qualified for the next stage, which was the most important thing for us,” Neilson said.

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Dundee United have changed significantly since Robbie Neilson took charge in October. BBC Scotland looks at the numbers to determine the differences. The team have risen from fourth in the Championship - having just been thumped 5-1 at home by Ross County - to second. And they host another second-tier side in Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the last eight of the country's premier cup competition. Only three of the starting XI from the 5-1 defeat against County in September are likely to be involved on Sunday - Rachid Bouhenna, Pavol Safranko and Paul McMullan - as Neilson has

"Internationally, Kalenjin runners have won close to 73% of all Kenyan gold medals and a similar percentage of silver medals at major international running competitions," says Vincent O. Onywera, a professor of exercise and sports science at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Iten has become known internationally as the place where long distance champions are made . So much so, runners from around the world go there to train before major races. Running aficionado and author Adharanand Finn spent a lot of time in the town trying to find out the secret to Kenyan marathon runners.

“We will make some changes for Sunday but nothing major, we want to keep some momentum going and we want to make it four out of four wins.”

Hearts have had their moments in the League Cup in recent seasons but a fourth win can give them a chance of being seeded for the knockout stages as one of the three best group winners.

The draw for the next round will take place after the match against the Highlanders with Celtic, Rangers, Hibs, Aberdeen and St Johnstone entering the competition.

“I don’t think the manager will allow us to think of Celtic until Inverness is out of the way,” defender John Souttar said.

"We want to keep the momentum going. In the last few seasons against lower league opposition we’ve struggled at times gone by.

"We’ve done well the first few games, that’s got to continue to take it into the season.”

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Hearts are in Premier Sports Cup action this evening when they face Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium.Despite their League Two status, Stirling Albion have performed well so far in the tournament, defeating Cove Rangers before drawing with ICT, earning the bonus point via a penalty shootout win.

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