It’s every lad’s dream to turn out at the home of your heroes in their famous colours just once in your life as a professional footballer.
Lifelong Hearts fan Lewis Coult will get the chance to walk onto the Tynecastle turf in maroon and white in a few weeks - but it will be for visitors Arbroath, not Robbie Neilson’s Championship champions.
We’re definitely going to try and get through. All the pressure is on Hearts.Lewis Coult
Coult was jumping for joy after the Lichties were drawn to face the Premiership new boys in the first round of the Scottish League Cup this week.
The tie was originally set for Saturday, August 1 but with Hearts in action in the Premiership the day after, the cup game has been moved forward to Thursday, July 30 at 7.45 pm.
Despite his feverish joy Lewis said the most important thing for the squad is to go there and enjoy themselves in what is a massive occasion for the Smokies.
The Edinburgh lad said: “It’s a fantastic draw. I couldn’t believe the draw when I first saw it, I had to double-check it.
“First and foremost it’s massive for the club and it’s going to be a big day out for the whole squad.
“It’s great to get Hearts down at Tynecastle to have that atmosphere.
“As for me as a Hearts fan, I couldn’t have asked for a better draw and I can’t wait to get down there.
“I’m an Edinburgh lad and any day off the football I’ve had I’d be at Hearts. I’ve got a lot of friends there but when the time comes, it goes out the window.
“I was there as a youth before I went to Hamilton. It’s good to be in the maroon and white. I’m a lifelong Hearts fan so it’s going to be a fantastic day.”
Hearts will be heavy favourites for the tie against the Angus club but Coult is adamant the visitors will be heading to Tynecastle with their sights firmly set on progressing to the second round despite the size of the task in front of them.
He added that the pressure is all on the hosts, and that he’s eager to help the Lichties get whatever they can out of the game.
Lewis continued: “We’re definitely going to try and get through. All the pressure is on Hearts.
“We’re going to go there and enjoy ourselves for the 90 minutes.
“If we can get a replay or sneak a win then that’s fantastic but first and foremost, we’re going to enjoy the day out.
“I want to help the club to get as much as we can out of the game.”
Arbroath began their run of pre-season friendlies this week against Dundee United and Exeter City and Lewis said he’s feeling fitter every day.
The striker - who joins Martin Grehan and Kane Hester as Todd Lumsden looks to bolster the squad’s attacking prowess - believes he can score the goals to fire Arbroath to league glory.
He added: “We’re doing well in pre-season.
“I’m getting fitter every day, I feel great myself and I feel if I can keep myself fit I’ll score goals.
“Hopefully I’ll score the goals to help get the club out of the division.”