CHRISTOPHE BERRA reckons Hearts players can ease the pressure on boss Ian Cathro by beating Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday.

The Edinburgh gaffer was booed after the weekend draw against Dunfermline at Tynecastle that saw the team flop out of the League Cup.

Berra, who returned to his former sidein the summer, revealed some harsh words had been spoken in the home dressing room following the dismal exit.

The Hearts captain, however, believes his side can silence their critics in the opening Premiership game at the home of the champions who went through the previous campaign without a domestic defeat in all three competitions.

Berra is determined to help the troubled club get off to a positive start in their matches against Celtic, Kilmarnock, Sevco Rangers and Motherwell away and then Aberdeen at home.

The defender said: “Everyone saw the reaction of the fans after the game. They were not happy.

“If you don’t win games, no matter who you play for, the fans are going to show their frustration.

“I understand it. We were the biggest team on paper in the group and we should have had maximum points. I’ve not watched all of the games back, but we should be winning. 

“At the moment, we are not getting the results against teams we should be blowing away, really.

“Tynecastle should be a place where visiting teams are on the back foot and we should be doing better.”

Berra added: “We know we have to improve our away record and the first four games are either going to be the making of us or not.

“We’ll be doing our best to go to Parkhead and do what no team has done in the past 12 months and get a victory.”

Hearts have subsequently sacked Cathro…see HERE

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