HEARTS’ new Head Coach Ian Cathro has already crashed the language barrier at Tynecastle – now he needs to do likewise out on the field.
The 30-year-old Dundonian kicked off his managerial career with a disappointing 2-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
Brazilian defender Igor Rossi was impressed by his gaffer’s linguistic skills when he communicated with him in Portuguese during training.
That stemmed from Cathro’s time with Rio Ave, while the coach also learned Spanish while on Valencia’s staff.
Rossi is now targeting a first victory for Cathro over Partick Thistle at the weekend and declared: “The new gaffer has only been here for one week and we have talked every day.
“However, Ian needs more time to give his opinions on the team. The same 11 players as before started the game, but I think Ian needs more time.
“It has been good, because Ian speaks Portuguese. This, for me, is better. It is good for me to have someone who can communicate with me like that.
“I was surprised when he came in on the first day and started speaking to me in Portuguese. I was like: ‘What? You speak Portuguese?'”
Rossi looked back at the Ibrox defeat and added: “Every team, when they play at home, are different from when they play away.
“The way they play here, in front of all these fans, it is normal that Rangers will be more aggressive and pass the ball better.
“The next game for us is at Tynecastle and it is important to get three points because now Rangers are five points ahead of us and this is a little bit of a distance.
“We have a home game and our response together is the most important thing.”