Christophe Berra says that this Newcastle squad is full of players who last season thought they should have been playing in the Premier League.

The Scottish international defender says that Newcastle ‘are a team full of quality’.

The 32 year old actually played against Newcastle only four matches ago, Christophe Berra playing for Ipswich Town as they pulled off a 3-1 win, only for Newcastle to win promotion in their next game at home to Preston.

Leaving on a free transfer this summer, Berra has returned to Hearts who he left eight years ago, and he is looking forward to facing the Magpies once again.

Looking ahead to Friday, the defender says ‘Newcastle are a top team’.

Newcastle have sold all 1,300 away tickets and Berra hopes it is a big crowd, though with one stand currently closed, Tynecastle only holds around 13,000 fans.

With no new signings appearing to be imminent, Christophe Berra will no doubt see a very familiar opposition, with only Florian Lejeune potentially making his first appearance in a Newcastle shirt.

Christophe Berra:

Newcastle are a top team.

“Actually, in my last game against them (for Ipswich) we beat them 3-1 in the league.

“They are full of quality players who want to be playing in the Premier League and would have thought last year that they should have been playing in the Premier League.

“They are a team full of quality and we know it is going to be a tough game.

“It’s a game we need to work hard in, get that extra bit of fitness as well, work on tactical things, but our bread and butter does start on Tuesday night in the League Cup.

“I always thought of coming back…it is going to be a strange experience because half the stand is still not up yet, but it’s a great place to play your football.

“Hopefully it will be a big crowd and I’m sure all of the boys will be looking forward to it, and the new signing as well.”