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LEVEIN WELCOMES PRESSURE

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CRAIG LEVEIN accepts he is under pressure to deliver when Hearts take on Inverness Caley Thistle in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden tomorrow afternoon.

However, the Tynecastle boss admitted he is feeling good about the situation.

Levein, who is hoping Uche Ikpeazu and Peter Haring will recover from minor injuries in time to play, was targeted for abuse by irate supporters following the side’s 2-1 defeat from Hibs at the weekend.

Defeat to the Highlanders, who are managed by his former Hearts team-mate John Robertson, will pile on the misery for the 54-year-old former Scotland international gaffer who returned to the dug-out in 2017 after a spell as director of football.

But Levein, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “I feel good about the pressure. You play football or manage in order to get into the position whereby you have pressure games.

“If you never get into pressure situations in your career, then what is the point?

“Coming into this game as favourites brings its own pressures. There is no doubting we have more pressure and Inverness have less pressure.

“That puts the focus on us as the favourites. The key for us is to deal with the pressure of being favourites. The rest is fine.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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