Rix wants fans to rock Tynecastle for first home game

HEARTS head coach Graham Rix is anticipating a “rip-roaring atmosphere” at Tynecastle for his first home game in charge of the Jambos against Livingston in the Bank of Scotland Premier League.

The former Portsmouth and Oxford manager took over from George Burley just after the Gorgie men had beaten Dundee United at home last month and since then he has guided his new charges to draws at Aberdeen and Motherwell.

Tynecastle is heading for a sell-out for the visit of the Lions and Rix has been encouraged by the vibes from the Hearts fans he has met this week.

He said: “I understand most of the tickets have been sold and I’m looking forward to the game. I want it to be a rip-roaring atmosphere and I want my boys to respond to it which I’m sure they will.

“We’ve had two difficult away games and came through them relatively unscathed and the impression I get from speaking to the Hearts fans is one of excitement. I’ve not been to any supporters’ meetings but I have bumped into the fans, they have come up to me and said, ‘I can’t wait until the game.’

“They want to go to Tynecastle and cheer the boys on against Livingston.”

Rix played down the significance of the return of striker Michal Pospisil who was left out of the squad to play Motherwell last week despite Hearts being short of recognised attackers.

Subsequent reports suggested that the Czech striker, who scored for the reserves in midweek, was heading out of Tynecastle.

However, Rix said: “People have misunderstood the situation. I spoke to Michal, told him what I expected from him and said it was up him whether he reacted positively or negatively.

“To be fair to the boy he has reacted brilliantly and I’m delighted for him.”

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