Motherwell assistant manager Kenny Black says the Scottish Cup defeat to Albion Rovers is a warning not to underestimate Hearts.
The Edinburgh side sit bottom of the league, still on minus points, but Black doesn’t expect it easy at Tynecastle on Saturday.
He said: “The Albion Rovers defeat is still fresh in our memories and Hearts have a lot more quality than that.
“I‘m slightly surprised they’re still on negative points as they undoubtedly have talent, two wins against Aberdeen prove that.
“The problem is being unable to sign players means when younger players probably need taken out of the firing line they have to be left in.”
While Hearts face a transfer embargo, ’Well’s only business in the transfer window will be trying to keep Henri Anier for the rest of the season.
Black said: “Going out of both cup competitions before Christmas had a negative effect on the finances, but we are working hard behind the scenes to try to put a package together.
“We’ve already tied up Lionel Ainsworth for the rest of the reason and would love Henri to stay as well. We want to keep him and he wants to stay so it would be a perfect scenario for both parties, but it all comes down to finance.”
Meanwhile, Dan Twardzik’s loan from Dundee has ended with Gunnar Nielsen set to return in goal on Saturday.
Black said: “We are very grateful to Dundee for helping us out, Dan performed well and we’ll be keeping an eye on him in the future.”