The two Scottish rivals will lock horns at Tynecastle overnight tonight.

Hibs sit in sixth place on the Scottish Premiership table, eight points below league leaders Hearts.

This will be Milligan's his first Edinburgh derby since joining Hibs in the off-season.

But he said his side will need to control their emotions if they are to come away with a crucial victory.

"I think the way the league is at the moment, we know this is a very important match," the Socceroo told The Edinburgh Evening News.

"The start of these games are usually intense and fiery and it is the team that settles first that usually comes out with the result. That will be our main goal.

"I think there is enough emotion to go around from all the outside influences, in the lead up and at the start of it.

"You have to win the battle early on and generally if you are able to do that and get a hold of the game, while it doesnโ€™t guarantee the result, it takes you a long way towards it.

"In the lead up there is all the media stuff and there is always a lot of emotion around it but it is important for us to control that, especially being away from home."

The 33-year-old said: โ€œI think the way the league is at the moment, we know this is a very important match. The start of these games are usually intense and fiery and it is the team that settles first that usually comes out with the result. That will be our main goal.

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