Burley Banks on Steve
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hearts manager George Burley believes Steve Banks is an able deputy.
Hearts manager George Burley is in no doubt that goalkeeper Steve Banks will act as an able deputy to Craig Gordon at Celtic on October 15.
Hearts dropped points for the first time in The SPL with a 2-2 draw at Falkirk, a match which saw Gordon receive his marching orders in the first half for bringing down Darryl Duffy.
The Scotland international will now be suspended for his side's early-awaited trip to Parkhead, however Burley had no complaints about the dismissal and believes he has the right man waiting in the wings.
"If a forward is going through on goal and the goalkeeper doesn't make contact with the ball, then he's going to get a red card," said Burley. "Those are the laws of the game.
"But I have no fears about playing Celtic without Craig.
"Steve Banks is an experienced goalkeeper and did well when he came on."
Jambos captain Steven Pressley echoed the sentiments of his manager, recognising Banks can call on a wealth of experience.
"Craig has had an outstanding run in the side and it's disappointing he can't make it," Pressley said.
"But we've got a very able deputy in Steve Banks who is a fantastic goalkeeper with great experience so we have no fears."
Pressley picked up a dead leg at Falkirk on Saturday but is expected to be fit for Scotland's World Cup qualifier with Belarus at the weekend.