Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told the Scottish Sun that the Hoops need to start scoring goals at home again as they look to move one step closer to securing the Scottish Premiership title.
The Hoops currently lead the way at the top of the table, but the goals have dried up somewhat over the past four weeks, with just four strikes in their last four matches seeing them drop points.
Their last home match against Dundee finished goalless, and Celtic can be assured that Hearts will provide another stern test as the Edinburgh side will look to frustrate the hosts.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Collins said that he believes that the Glasgow giants will have to start the game on the font foot and scoring goals will be key to restoring confidence and energy in the group.
“We want to put them under pressure, get shots on target, have players running into the box and taking them on instead of making too many backwards or sideways passes,” he told the Scottish Sun.
“It’s imperative we win at home. We’ve got to start scoring goals again at home but I see the energy a lot more in the group now.”
Celtic sit four points clear of Aberdeen with a game in hand on their rivals, but the league championship is far from over and the Hoops need to rediscover their threat in-front of goal.
Prior to the draw at home to Dundee, it took 55 minutes to break the deadlock against lowly Inverness and it may take a similar amount of time to break down a stubborn Hearts defence this weekend.
The 8-1 thrashing over Hamilton Academical now seems some time ago, and it has reached that stage of the season where grinding out results take on more importance than performances.