30 Nov Robbie’s last stand?
Robbie Neilson could be taking charge of Hearts for the last time in Wednesday night’s Ladbrokes Premiership game against Rangers at Tynecastle.
The 36-year-old Jambos head coach, who has been in charge of the Edinburgh club since May 2014, has reportedly travelled south to open talks with MK Dons about their vacant managerial post.
The Gorgie club confirmed Monday’s official approach by the English Football League side in a statement.
However, Hearts will not comment further until after the match in which they can leapfrog Rangers and Aberdeen into second place with a win.
Midfielder Arnaud Djoum believes the fixture is a good benchmark for their league ambitions a nd the 27-year-old Cameroon international is looking forward to facing Rangers for the first time.
He said: “This kind of game you can show you are a good team and a contender to get second or third place.
“We want to have a great season, better than last season. We will do everything to do that and finish as high as possible in the league.
“It’s a very important game for us. Everybody knows that to play against Rangers is always special, like Celtic games.
“Every player wants to play in this kind of game.
“For me it will be the first time so I’m really excited about it, because I know Rangers are a big team.
“For the fans it is really important as well and also for the competition because they are three points ahead of us so it’s important to get a good result against them.
“We have to be really focused and play our best football to win the game.”
Hearts have not lost at home since a narrow opening-day defeat to Celtic and Djoum believes the Tynecastle atmosphere can help them overcome the other half of the Old Firm.
“Our fans, for me, are the best in Scotland,” he said. “They help you a lot when you are on the pitch.
“For sure, they help you play better and get a better result. Sometimes when you are struggling they help us to come back in the game.”