Scott Brown can’t wait to hear the booing and abuse that always ‘welcomes’ him to Tynecastle.
The former Hibs skipper generates a special kind of welcome whenever he ventures down Gorgie and tends to pull out his best performances in front of the natives.
Craig Levein struggled to get Brown out of his head before and after clashes between the two sides with the fact that the midfielder has now won more in his career than Hearts have in their history a particular source of angst.
Besides the personal attacks there is business to be done tonight at Tynecastle with Celtic looking to go five points clear in the title race.
Hearts have only taken seven points from eight home matches in the SPFL this season but that won’t dampen the red hot atmosphere that will greet Brown when he leads Celtic out in the capital.
Speaking to The Sun he said:
I love going to Tynecastle with the fans right on top of you. You hear every single thing they say. It’s lovely!
There’s always a lot of them saying nice things about me but that good atmosphere is what it’s all about, so hopefully the fans turn up.
I just go there to show them what I’m about and hopefully they’ll keep singing about me the next time but we want to go there, play well and win the game.
Staying in Edinburgh myself I know a lot of Hearts fans, so I don’t want any of them having bragging rights after the game.
If I’m out in Edinburgh, out at the Christmas markets or something, I always get a bit of that friendly banter, depending on what the result is. That is one of the good things about the Edinburgh clubs.