Banks not concerned about visit to Celtic

Last updated : 11 October 2005 By Stewart Morrison

Steve Banks will on Saturday make his first start for Hearts on Saturday at Celtic Park, following Craig Gordon’s dismissal at Falkirk stadium a week past Saturday.

The experienced Banks, who has watched Hearts’ number one, Gordon play a blinding season so far, is determined to show the Hearts faithful that he is not just here to make up the numbers. 33 year old Banks, who has a wealth of experience, says he has no fears about going to a packed Celtic Park on Saturday. His first action for Hearts was to pick the ball out of the net after Gordon’s dismissal and Falkirk striker Darryl Duffy slotted home from the spot.

Hearts boss George Burley said “I have no fears about playing Celtic without Craig.”

"Steve Banks is an experienced goalkeeper and did well when he came on, and I am confident he can do a job against Celtic”

On the other hand, Burley is more concerned about the injury to midfield powerhouse Julien Brellier. He added “Julien's injury is a real blow because he's been a key player in recent weeks”

Hearts will have to sweat until the last minute to determine whether Brellier will fit to play Celtic.