{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hearts","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/midfielder-don-cowie-handed-contract-extension-by-hearts-1-4534588","id":"1.4534588","articleHeadline": "Midfielder Don Cowie handed contract extension by Hearts","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1502968811000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts have extended the contract of midfielder Don Cowie by an extra year.

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The 34-year-old’s deal at Tynecastle will now expire in the summer of 2019.

Cowie has been an integral part of the Hearts team since arriving in January last year.

The ten-times capped Scotland internationalist is currently vice captain of the club and has made 57 appearances in a maroon shirt.

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Interim Hearts coach Jon Daly insists Jamie Walker is focused and ready to start against Rangers having overcome the uncertainty over his future.

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Daly revealed that the winger’s performance in training has vastly improved and, consequently, he is a strong contender to play at Ibrox on Saturday.

Rangers had transfer bids for Walker rejected by Hearts last month but are expected to return with another offer before the signing deadline in two weeks’ time.

Their interest led to coaching staff leaving the 24-year-old out of matches against Dunfermline and Celtic in recent weeks, claiming he was not in the right frame of mind.

Walker, whose Hearts contract expires next summer, returned to the squad last Saturday at Kilmarnock but was an unused substitute in his club’s 1-0 win. Daly has monitored him closely at Riccarton this week and has no fears over selecting him against the club coveting his signature.

“No fear, not at all. In the last couple of days, Jamie’s training levels have gone up again so he’s definitely in contention for a starting spot,” Daly told the Evening News.

“If that continues then he’s got a chance. He’s a top player and we’d be delighted to have him at the club for as long as we possibly can. He gives you the opportunity to win games with his quality.

“I’d imagine he’ll work as hard as he can if he plays because he’s a Hearts player and he has to do his best for the club. I’m sure that’s the mindset he would have. We spoke about the transfer rumours unsettling him but I think he’s got past that now. He’s fully focused again.

“Whether he plays against Rangers or anyone else, it doesn’t matter. There will be more than just Rangers interested in signing Jamie Walker.”

Daly praised the player for his response after being told he was not reaching the required standards in training or matches. “It’s great that he’s taken on board what we’ve said to him,” explained the Irishman.

“There’s no doubt he’s one of the best players at the club. On his day, he can win a game of football out of practically nothing. To have a player like that back focused and playing to the levels we know he can produce gives us more firepower and more options going to Ibrox.”

Hearts travel to Glasgow hoping to emulate their Capital rivals Hibs, who beat Rangers 3-2 there last weekend. Daly stressed that result should imbue his own players with belief.

“I think it gives the lads a level of confidence that they can go there and get a result,” he said. “Obviously Rangers will want to bounce back from a home defeat, but we have to look at it as an opportunity to get a positive result ourselves to build on our win last week.”

Coaching staff at Riccarton have studied video footage of the Hibs-Rangers match.

“We’ve watched the Hibs game but after 30 minutes it’s kind of irrelevant because of the red card [for Ryan Jack],” said Daly.

“We saw the whole game but we’re focusing our analysis on the first 30 minutes when it’s 11 men against 11. We’ve tried to identify the areas we feel we can get at Rangers and where we have to be wary of them.

“We’re working on that just now so we’ll make sure the lads are ready to go and know what we’re after come Saturday.”

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Steve McClaren insists he’s still open to an offer from Hearts or any other club after turning down a consultancy role in Israel.

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The former England national team boss was thought to have been ruled out as a potential candidate to replace the sacked Ian Cathro at Tynecastle after it emerged he was ready to take a consultancy role with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

However, he’s since declined that opportunity, and could be set for a surprising U-turn should the Gorgie Road side wish to hold formal talks.

McClaren told the Scottish Sun: “I am not committed to going anywhere.

“I’m still an out of work manager looking to get back into the game.

“I’m open-minded as regards any offers that come my way.”

READ MORE - Alan Pattullo: Jon Daly is far from Craig Levein’s patsy

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Eyes, ears, TV cameras, photographers’ lenses and mobile phones will be fixed on Hearts winger Jamie Walker at Ibrox this weekend. Rangers’ pursuit of the 24-year-old isn’t over, meaning he inevitably becomes the focus of everyone’s attention when the two clubs meet.

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Hearts have taken a hard line with Walker in recent weeks by leaving him out of matches against Dunfermline in the Betfred Cup and Celtic in the Ladbrokes Premiership. Even last weekend at Rugby Park, he remained an unused substitute. He may just return on the perfect stage to prove his point and underline his credentials as one of Scotland’s leading talents.

Hearts’ approach has been strong and uncompromising, designed to prompt a reaction from someone they felt wasn’t performing in training or games. Walker is known to respond to tough love and is now pushing hard for a starting place by impressing in Hearts’ training sessions this week.

He will doubtless see the grand Ibrox arena as something of a theatre in which to perform. Whether a move to Rangers materialises or not, how he reacts to three weeks without playing is certain to fascinate most observers.

“I think it could be the right approach Hearts have taken here,” said Darren Murray the former Riccarton youth coach who worked closely with the winger during his formative years.

“Jamie is that type of character who can look at times like he’s maybe not trying or giving his best. I’m a great believer with Jamie that you should show him that tough approach. I think he feeds off trying to prove people wrong to an extent. That’s what I got from him.

“It was a difficult process getting to know Jamie because he’s not the most vocal guy. He’s quite within himself but he’s a really good lad. I coached him for about a year just before Hearts sent him on loan to Raith Rovers [November 2011]. Nobody could get near him in the games we played. He was just sensational. His work rate was fantastic, everything about him at that time was bang-on.

“He had the right mentality and his fitness was top drawer. Whether Hearts have handled him correctly, we’ll find out come the weekend but I hope he does something special for Hearts. He gets fans off seats because you think something’s going to happen when he gets the ball. These are the types of players you want to see.”

Murray provides a unique insight into Walker’s character which perhaps illustrates why Hearts decided to omit him from their squad.

“I think the world of Jamie but he is sometimes difficult to get to know. Once he gets over that, he repays the trust you put in him with performances on the pitch,” added Murray.

“However, if you compliment him too much, I don’t think it’s the greatest thing for him. I was quite tough with Jamie, day in and day out. Sometimes that tough approach inspires him to do better. A lot of praise isn’t good for Jamie, I think he needs a bit of tough love at times and that’s what responded to with me. We had a great relationship.”

Murray has no doubt the winger will respond as the centre of attention amid a fervid atmosphere at Ibrox. “He’ll thrive on that, absolutely. This is the ideal opportunity for Jamie to go out and show everybody how good a player he is.

“He is strong enough to handle the attention now. Maybe a couple of years ago he wouldn’t have but he’s got a young son now so he’s definitely grown up a lot in the past year or two. I think he’ll handle Ibrox fine.

“If Jamie was playing to his maximum – and I mean his maximum in terms of fitness, mentality, everything – there isn’t a club in the country that wouldn’t take him. He is so talented. He’s probably Hearts’ best attacking threat when he’s 100 per cent. He’s a game-changer who scores goals, creates and sees things some other players don’t.”

The only decision appears to be whether Hearts’ interim head coach, Jon Daly, should play him from the start. Murray is unequivocal in his views. “As long as his mentality is good and his fitness is good, Jamie should always be in the Hearts team. There’s absolutely no doubt about that whatsoever,” he said. “If both of those things marry up, that boy would not only walk into the Hearts team but he could go anywhere.”

He would certainly hold down a place at Rangers but first they must submit an offer deemed acceptable by Hearts, who have made it clear they want a seven-figure sum for their prized asset. It is the most delicate of situations.

Rangers will return with another bid for Walker before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month. So far, their best proposal has been a deal worth around £600,000 in total but offering just half that amount in up-front cash. Hearts are determined not to sell themselves short after recent experiences with Callum Paterson and Sam Nicholson, who both left on freedom of contract.

Like thousands of other Tynecastle regulars, Murray is keen to see one of his finest Riccarton academy graduates stay in Edinburgh.

“Jamie has to make sure he knuckles down and works extremely hard. He’s got to a point in his career now which is a really important stage,” said Murray, who is now head coach at Box Soccer training development programme. “He’s in the final year of his contract and we’ll need to wait and see whether he leaves 
in this transfer window or not.

“Being a Hearts supporter myself, it would be great to see him stay at the moment. Especially from now until Christmas because we all want him to pick up from where he left off in the middle of last season. He was absolutely flying at that point and scored so many goals from a wide midfield position.

“I like to see Jamie in the No.10 position. I think that’s what he’s really good at, playing in between the lines and picking up little bits of space. That’s only my personal opinion so it all depends on what structure Hearts are going to have at the weekend. We’ll see if Jamie starts or not.”

Whenever he makes an appearance, everyone’s gaze will be transfixed on the maroon No.7 with the jet-black hair. It may just inspire him to take centre stage.

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Hearts coach Andy Kirk fully expects Dario Zanatta to continue his first-team involvement this season after watching the Canadian play an instrumental role in Hearts Colts’ dramatic 3-2 extra-time comeback at Formartine Utd in the Irn-Bru Cup.

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The Wee Jambos trailed their Highland League opponents 2-0 at the break but Zanatta reduced the deficit early in the second half. The 19-year-old then won a penalty that Rory Currie had saved, but Zanatta equalised deep in stoppage time and compatriot Harry Paton won it with two minutes of extra-time remaining.

A broken hand suffered in a pre-season closed-doors game against Cowdenbeath cost Zanatta valuable game time and the opportunity to take part in the first team’s week-long training camp in Dublin and Belfast.

Now fit again and having enjoyed a successful loan spell at Queen’s Park last term, Kirk believes the Canadian Under-20 internationalist will be afforded further opportunities by whoever takes the top job at Tynecastle.

“I expect he’ll be involved,” said Kirk. “Time will tell, but Dario’s got fantastic ability and when he’s at it, he’s a handful. I’m looking at Dario in games like Tuesday night’s and he should be standing out. He did do – second half especially.

“There were a lot of good performances second half and it was night and day compared to the first. Extra-time, we didn’t really get our rhythm going but they’re young lads and they’re starting to tire. The mental energy and strength they needed throughout that, they carried on and totally deserved the win.”

Kirk was far from pleased with the Wee Jambos’ first half showing in Pitmedden, but acknowledged they were up against more experienced opponents in a higher intensity encounter than his players are used to in the SPFL Development League.

“Maybe the fact that it was a cup game and it was against a men’s team, we seemed to be a bit edgy and not doing the things that they usually do,” he reflected. “We were getting time on the ball but were putting it long, making poor decisions and I don’t think we competed well.

“We had a wee word with them at half-time, sorted a few things out and I thought second half we were by far the best team. There’s a lot of quality in this team – it’s just about getting them to believe in themselves to keep doing it regularly. I said after the game to them that it’s important to enjoy the moments like this, but also at this stage of their career that they learn from the first half, because it wasn’t acceptable.”

Kirk himself is enjoying taking charge while Jon Daly is on first-team duty. “I’ve been involved for a period of time, working with Jon during the week and putting the team on the pitch,” he explained. “But it’s great when you get a chance to actually lead it and do it yourself. For every coach who wants to be a manager, that’s important.

“I’m just delighted that the boys have responded. Last we week we played Stenhousemuir in a closed-doors game and they were excellent in winning the game 3-1. We’re progressing and starting to get the ideas across, so it’s great.”

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Dougie Freedman is the new bookmakers’ favourite for the Hearts job after Steve McClaren pulled out of the race for the vacant manager’s role at Tynecastle.

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Former England manager McClaren had been the frontrunner for the role for the best part of a week after expressing interest in replacing sacked Ian Cathro as head coach, but the 56-year-old is set to join Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel as a consultant.

Ex-Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Bolton boss Freedman, who declared his interest publicly two weeks ago, is now the 2/1 favourite with Ladbrokes. He said in a newspaper interview on Sunday, August 6 when asked about the Hearts job: “Whatever the manager profile is Hearts are looking for, I’d like the opportunity to sit down and speak to them.

“I have a good pedigree having managed big clubs in England and I’ve worked with some top players.

“I’m all about developing local youngsters for the first team. I think that’s vital, especially at a club like Hearts. And in the past I’ve helped produce international players at the likes of Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

“I’ve bought players for very little money who have then been sold on for a healthy profit. Hopefully that’s the kind of manager Hearts are looking for.”

Steven Pressley is next in the betting at 3/1, with Paul Hartley at 4/1. Both men – who are former Hearts captains – have been spoken to by the club’s directors in regard to the role.

Current Hearts director of football Craig Levein is 8/1, with interim head coach Jon Daly at 10/1 and current Falkirk manager Peter Houston at 12/1.

Odds to be the next manager of Hearts (Ladbrokes): Dougie Freedman 2/1; Steven Pressley 3/1; Paul Hartley 4/1; Craig Levein 8/1; Jon Daly 10/1; Peter Houston 12/1; Billy Davies 14/1; Michael O’Neill 16/1.

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Whether Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley, Dougie Freedman or AN Other is named head coach of Hearts, their ability to gain the trust of owner Ann Budge will be critical to their success.

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All of the above are in contention to replace Ian Cathro at Tynecastle and Budge will have the final say on the appointment.

She wants an experienced and knowledgeable figurehead to manage first-team matters and isn’t prepared to gamble. Director of football Craig Levein previously had authority to appoint Robbie Neilson and then Cathro, both untried young coaches when they took charge. Neilson was a success but Cathro lost his job at the start of the month after only eight wins in 30 matches.

Budge now wants to put a leader in place who can motivate players, captivate media and, most importantly, garner results on the field. She wants a man she and the board can trust, with a realistic approach to finances and a strong personality.

Whoever she chooses must also have the ability and desire to co-operate with the person in overall charge.

Former Hearts chairman Leslie Deans knows the importance of the understanding between club figurehead and first-team figurehead. “The rapport between manager and chairman/owner/chief executive needs to be strong. If that goes, it undermines a lot of other things at the club. It’s important for Ann and for the whole club to get that right on this occasion,” he told the Evening News.

“The most important relationship inside a football club is the one between owner and manager. It’s the axis on which the club revolves. Having an experienced man at the helm, who enjoys a good relationship with the board, is essential. That’s as relevant today as it was 20 years ago.

“There was a trust between myself and Jim Jefferies when I was chairman of Hearts and I like to think that trust helped the club. I think the limited success we were able to achieve in the late 1990s was down to that link and rapport between manager and chairman. It was a very strong one and is spread through the club.”

With former England manager Steve McClaren no longer in the running for the Hearts job, the case for other contenders strengthens. Former Scotland striker Freedman has managed Crystal Palace, Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest in England and earned himself a solid reputation in the process.

Pressley may not be too popular with a section of fans who still haven’t forgiven him since his return to Tynecastle as a Celtic player more than ten years ago. However, there is no questioning his knowledge of Hearts and Scottish football. Nor is there any doubt about the former club captain’s leadership qualities.

Hartley made a huge success of previous jobs at Alloa and, initially, Dundee. He was sacked at Dens Park in April this year after a poor run of results, but is productive strikeforce of Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart had been sold just as the season started.

All three are now serious contenders to replace Cathro. “I didn’t know Ian Cathro personally. I’ve heard lots of good things about the guy’s coaching abilities and, like everybody, I was genuinely sorry that it didn’t work out,” continued Deans.

“I would be delighted if the club bring in an experienced manager. I believe that’s exactly what we need. It’s far less of a risk than taking on somebody who is a rookie. I’ve heard the names being bandied around – Steve McClaren and Michael O’Neill to name but two.

“I think this is the way forward. It would unite the fans. The club has a lot of good things about it at the present time. The board are reconstructing the stadium, the fans have bought around 14,000 season tickets and are showing their support.

“We have an awful lot of positives so the right man to unite the fans, the club and the players is important. We need someone to get the best out of people. In some cases, players perhaps haven’t been performing as well as they could have given their talent and ability.

“I sincerely hope we get the right man for the job and, as I said, I believe experience is an absolute pre-requisite. It’s a key appointment for the club because the right manager creates the feel of the club. He creates the balance for moving forward.”

Supporters, including Deans, are waiting with baited breath to see who is given the task. Hearts are expected to continue with Under-20 coach Jon Daly in temporary charge for this weekend’s trip to Ibrox. The new appointment could then be announced the following week – a decision which will be key to the Edinburgh club’s fortunes for the remainder of the season.

“The wrong appointment would concern us all greatly,” said Deans. “Fans have been magnificent, buying season tickets and pumping money into their club through Foundation of Hearts. However, fans won’t put up with failure forever and a day.

“People will drift off if the club is not going in the right direction. I’m old enough to remember back to the days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Hearts were a yo-yo club at that time and attendances were regularly down to 6000, 7000 and 8000. We certainly don’t want to see a return to those days.

“Hearts are in a good place in many respects but we cannot be blasé and assume success will just happen. We’ve got to give the fans what they want, and that’s a winning team.”

Success, of course, is much easier to come by if there is genuine harmony between dugout and boardroom.

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Don Cowie has emerged as an injury doubt for Hearts ahead of Saturday’s league visit to Ibrox.

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The midfielder hasn’t trained so far this week due to a hamstring problem which forced his substitution at Kilmarnock last Saturday. Coaching staff are hopeful he will return to training at Riccarton later this week and prove his fitness ahead of the key meeting with Rangers. Teenage winger Lewis Moore is also nursing a hamstring complaint and is similarly doubtful.

“Don came off with a tight hamstring towards the end of the game at the weekend and Lewis still hasn’t trained yet. We’re hopeful they’ll both be training towards the end of the week, but with hamstrings you just never know,” admitted Jon Daly, Hearts’ interim head coach.

“The plan is for them to train over the next couple of days and then be involved at the weekend. Unfortunately, you can never tell how quickly hamstrings will loosen off, but we’re hopeful.”

The experience of 34-year-old Cowie could be vital if Hearts are to garner a result in Glasgow. “Don has great experience and energy levels. He’s been an important player since he came to Hearts so he’s one that we’re really keen to get fit so that he’s available,” said Daly.

Club medical staff are also monitoring injuries to defenders Jordan McGhee and Ashley Smith-Brown. Both players have missed the opening two Ladbrokes Premiership matches against Celtic and Kilmarnock with sprained ankles.

“Jordan and Ash are both out with ankle sprains. I think they’re just minor injuries so, again, we’re hopeful that they will be back training in the next few days,” explained Daly.

“We’ll monitor their fitness and see what is the best way to deal with them. Potentially, they might be available for the weekend but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4532795.1502869674!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4532795.1502869674!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Don Cowie","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Don Cowie","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4532795.1502869674!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/formartine-2-hearts-colts-3-aet-wee-jambos-fight-back-for-win-1-4533053","id":"1.4533053","articleHeadline": "Formartine 2, Hearts Colts 3 (aet): Wee Jambos fight back for win","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1502832836000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts Colts left it late, but ultimately did enough to progress in the Irn-Bru Cup after a 3-2 extra-time win over Formartine United in an entertaining game at New Lodge Park.

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First-half goals from Archie MacPhee and Max Berton has Formartine two to the good before Dario Zanatta reduced the deficit early in the second half. Rory Currie’s penalty miss looked to have proved costly before Zanatta scored again deep in to stoppage time.

In a frantic period of extra time, Hearts found the winner with just minutes remaining when Harry Paton fired home the winner.

The hosts were unlucky not to take an early lead when Berton created space for himself and fired low past Kelby Mason, only for Hearts captain Daniel Baur to kick his goal-bound effort off the line. Mason then got an early touch of the ball when he comfortably gathered Calum Dingwall’s first-time effort that lacked the accuracy to seriously trouble him.

Some twisting and turning from Callumn Morrison got the winger free from his man on the right, and his cross-come-shot had to be palmed away by Greg Sim.

MacPhee found himself with an opportunity when Paul lawson’s free-kick from the left found his feet, but Mason stood up well to block from with his legs from close range.

The Formartine number six made no mistake moments later when he enjoyed a fortunate break of the ball before curling a wonderful effort past the diving Mason in to the far corner.

The lead was doubled ten minutes before the break when Dingwall delivered a fine in-swinging cross from the right, and Berton stole a match on his marker at the back post to dispatch first time in to the corner.

It should have been 3-0 and game over five minutes later when Scott Barbour spun in behind, but again Mason used his legs to keep it out.

Zanatta was inches from reducing the deficit on the stroke of half-time when he beat Sim to Morrison’s free-kick delivery, but could only watched as his header drifted agonisingly wide of the empty goal.

An early second half Formartine corner was met at the back post by Stuart Smith, but the full-back couldn’t keep his header down when anything on target would’ve likely gone in.

The visitors responded by going up the other end and scoring. Zanatta played a clever one-two on the edge of the box with Euan Henderson before sliding coolly past the on-rushing Sim.

The Wee Jambos then spurned the chance to draw level after Zanatta was felled, somewhat softly, in the area. Rory Currie stepped up but his low spot-kick was saved by Sim.

Barbour went close to re-establishing the Highland League outfit’s two-goal cushion when he sent a snapshot just wide of the post before Zanatta saw an effort cleared off the line at the other end.

Angus Beith was inches from a stunning leveller when his free-kick clipped the outside of the post with Sim rooted to the spot. Henderson then should have equalised with a free-header from Morrison’s cross, but nodded wide.

Just when it looked like Hearts would be heading back down the A90 after the regulation 90, some brilliant interplay ended with Zanatta striding through on goal and rolling past Sim to force extra-time.

A tiring Formartine had their workload increased after Ferries was shown a second yellow for diving in the penalty box.

Another late goal for Hearts looked likely, and it came when Paton and Currie executed a perfect one-two, putting the latter through on goal to fire home.

That prompted a celebratory pitch invasion from the Hearts bench. Referee Dan McFarlane didn’t enamour himself to anyone in the ground when he subsequently booked everyone who ran on, which meant a second yellow for Hearts defender Kyle Smith.

Formartine Utd: Sim, Michie, Smith, Lawson (Rodger 56), Lawrence (Gethins 77), MacPhee (Crawford 105), Dingwall, Burnett, Berton (MacKintosh 89), Ferries, Barbour.

Hearts Colts: Mason, Hamilton, Sandison, Baur, Smith (Reid 114), Beith, Morrison, Petkov (Paton 111), Currie, Henderson (Irving 79), Zanatta.

Referee: Dan McFarlane

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Steve McClaren is out of the running to become the new head coach of Hearts, leaving Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley and Dougie Freedman amongst the favourites.

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McClaren’s name was initially on Hearts’ shortlist to replace Ian Cathro and he was installed as the bookies’ favourite. However, he is now being strongly linked with a consultant’s role at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

Hearts will now move on by focusing on other candidates for the role. Pressley, Hartley and Freedman are among the leading contenders as the Edinburgh club seek an experienced successor to Cathro.

They want a figurehead who knows British football and who can help them challenge for European football this season.

Others who have declared an interest in the position include former Hearts managers Paulo Sergio and Csaba Laszlo, plus Fabrizio Ravanelli.

Jon Daly is in temporary charge at Tynecastle until a new man is appointed. The club’s Under-20 coach is expected to be in the dugout for this weekend’s league match against Rangers at Ibrox, assisted by fellow coaches Austin MacPhee and Liam Fox.

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The Portuguese striker is facing an automatic two-match ban for violent conduct after being ordered off at Kilmarnock on Saturday, but Hearts have appealed the decision.

An SFA fast track tribunal will convene at Hampden Park on Thursday to discuss a range of disciplinary issues, including Goncalves' claim for unfair dismissal.

He scored the only goal of the match in Ayrshire before being sent off along with Kilmarnock's Kirk Broadfoot midway through the second half. The centre-back appeared to pull Goncalves' hair after the players collided and Broadfoot was then seen holding his face. Both men were issued straight red cards for violent conduct by referee Stephen Finnie.

Hearts are appealing to the SFA in the hope of having the decision overturned, which would free Goncalves to play against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday. If the appeal fails, he will be suspended for that match and the following week's trip to Motherwell.

Interim head coach Jon Daly is likely to be in charge at Ibrox whilst Tynecastle officials continue their search for a new head coach. Daly wants Goncalves available if at all possible given the player has scored three goals in his last three games.

He explained Goncalves' value to the Evening News before he had reviewed video footage of the Broadfoot incident. "We're obviously disappointed to have Isma sent off," he said. "Going to Ibrox without a goalscorer like him is tough. He's scored three in three games for us now, and he scored last time he was there. He's a player you want in your team going to places like Ibrox and Celtic Park."

" ,"byline": {"email": "barry.anderson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Barry Anderson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4532323.1502791091!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4532323.1502791091!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts striker Esmael Goncalves will have his appeal heard by the Scottish FA on Thursday","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts striker Esmael Goncalves will have his appeal heard by the Scottish FA on Thursday","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4532323.1502791091!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/ex-hearts-forward-osman-sow-reunited-with-robbie-neilson-at-mk-dons-1-4532245","id":"1.4532245","articleHeadline": "Ex-Hearts forward Osman Sow reunited with Robbie Neilson at MK Dons","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1502787115000 ,"articleLead": "

Former Hearts former forward has been reunited with Robbie Neilson after signing a two-year deal with MK Dons.

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The Swede was instrumental in helping Hearts win the Ladbrokes Championship, netting 11 goals in 22 league appearances, including a memorable stoppage-time winner against Rangers at Ibrox on the opening day. The 27-year-old played 23 times for Hearts the following season before securing a move to the Chinese Super League with Henan Jianye.

He has linked up with his former head coach at Hearts in League One, having signed as a free transfer subject to international clearance.

He told MK Dons’ official website: “I’m very happy and I’m looking forward to getting going.

“Robbie spoke very highly of the club and it’s a big opportunity for me to come back to England, which is the best country in the world to play football in.

“I like to create chances and I like to score goals but, for me, the big thing is winning football games – I want to win and that’s what makes me sleep well at night!”

Milton Keynes is another destination on a peripatetic career with stops in Sweden, Moldova and United Arab Emirates for the striker, who was Neilson’s number one transfer target.

Neilson said: “He’s been the number one target all along for us. We tried to get him in January but it didn’t work out for one reason or another. We’ve worked really hard on it and it’s taken a little bit of time to get over the line but we’re delighted it’s now done.

“I know the player from my time at Hearts. He did phenomenally well for us there so when the opportunity arose for us to bring him here, it was something we wanted to get done.

“He’s a very good player. He’s got pace, he’s got physicality and he scores goals – he ticks a lot of boxs.”

“We need a little bit more up front. We’re still looking to recruit a number 10 and a wide player as well. We’re still looking at left-back. We’ve still got a lot to do but we’re pleased to now have Osman in gives everyone a lift.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANGUS WRIGHT"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4532244.1502787083!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4532244.1502787083!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Osman Sow reunited with Robbie Neilson. Picture: MK Dons","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Osman Sow reunited with Robbie Neilson. Picture: MK Dons","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4532244.1502787083!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/jack-hamilton-speaks-out-on-his-hearts-goalkeeping-future-1-4531941","id":"1.4531941","articleHeadline": "Jack Hamilton speaks out on his Hearts goalkeeping future","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1502775036000 ,"articleLead": "

Jack Hamilton has kept his counsel all summer as rumours over his Hearts future gathered pace. He has no intention of going anywhere.

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Be clear on one thing: Any goalkeeper arriving at Tynecastle faces an almighty fight to oust this defiant 23-year-old.

Hearts’ desire to sign a more experienced keeper was clear from the first morning of pre-season training, despite Hamilton being their undisputed first choice throughout last year. Speaking for the first time since having the No.1 shirt taken from him, he is philosophical but utterly determined to prove his point wearing No.13.

Former head coach Ian Cathro told Hamilton he wanted a new goalkeeper on the day Hearts players reported back to Riccarton in June. All that did was motivate the Scotland squad man to improve his game and fight for his place – the place he dreamt of for years whilst progressing through the club’s youth academy, and which he had waited so patiently for since turning professional.

Hamilton was prompted to first choice a year ago under Cathro’s predecessor Robbie Neilson. It is a privilege he has no plans to relinquish, particularly with Cathro now gone and no goalkeeper signed as yet. He has played every minute of Hearts’ six competitive matches so far this season and kept a clean sheet in Saturday’s timely victory at Kilmarnock. If possession really is nine tenths of the law, Hamilton is exactly where he wants to be.

“Obviously, you want to be No.1. I just want to be on the park,” he said in an exclusive interview. “There’s no point having a No.1 on your back if you aren’t going to be playing. It shows I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot of improving to do.

“When you come in on the first day of pre-season training and you see that, obviously you’re disappointed. You think: ‘Right, I’ve got to really up my game here and get better. I need to push to keep my place’.

“I won’t give it up without a fight, not at all. It will be good if somebody comes in because they will obviously be of a really high standard. It might be somebody I’ll learn from and it’s going to be more competition. I’ve just got to concentrate on myself and take things one game at a time – or one minute at a time – and try to get myself better.”

Cathro’s words had a profound effect on Hamilton despite the shock of being demoted with no superior in place. “I spoke to the manager on the first day I came back in. He was really open and honest,” revealed the goalkeeper. “He told me he wanted to bring in another goalkeeper, which is fair enough. That’s football and it happens all over the world.

“He was honest and told me a lot of positive things and gave me positive things to work on. It was good of him to do that.”

At no point did Hamilton feel his Hearts career might be over. He immediately set about working extra hours with the club’s goalkeeping coach, Paul Gallacher.

“I didn’t feel my time was up. I realised I had to go away and work hard to improve. You play football to play for clubs like Hearts; big clubs with big supports and big expectations. I don’t take that lightly. I want to fulfil that ambition and keep it going.

“I’m just going into training every day to concentrate on myself, work hard and try to remain in the team. I just want to play games and I want to be the No.1 goalkeeper for Hearts. That’s what I’m continuously working on.

“Gall, the goalie coach, has been tremendous with me and he deserves a lot of credit. The hours we put in are a hell of a lot and he doesn’t need to do it with me. He’s been a brilliant help. Hopefully the two of us working together can keep me progressing.”

He may still count the hours until the transfer window closes at the end of the month, though. “That’s it but, if it happens, then it happens,” he said. “I’ve just got to get my head down because I can’t control what goes on. I can only put in performances which help the team and help us progress.”

He did precisely that at Rugby Park at the weekend. Hamilton’s clean sheet included a stunning double save in the second half to deny Rory McKenzie a certain equalising goal. His contribution was duly noted by Hearts’ interim head coach, Jon Daly.

“Jack pulled us out of a hole with that fantastic double save,” said Daly. “Apart from that, he didn’t have an awful lot to do. He had a number of long shots to deal with and he held on to them really well. He came and took crosses and his distribution was good.”

The Irishman is genuinely happy seeing Hamilton thrive after a mentally tough summer. Fans criticised his performances last season and during July’s short Betfred Cup campaign. The response has been a strong one.

“He’s a young goalkeeper who we have high hopes for,” continued Daly. “He’s probably been under a little bit of pressure and taken a bit of criticism. If you’re a goalkeeper and you make a mistake, it generally leads to a goal. Saturday will do his confidence good, especially making that double save when he did.”

The ongoing goalkeeping hunt is an added distraction. “To deal with that as a young goalkeeper is always going to be difficult. You come back for pre-season and you get the No.1 jersey taken off you when there hasn’t actually been another keeper brought in. That’s another situation which doesn’t help your confidence.

“I’m delighted for Jack because he’s a good kid. He works so hard in training every day with Paul Gallacher and Viktor Noring and the under-20 goalies. For Jack to keep a clean sheet and help the team get three points, I’m extremely happy for him.”

Victory in Ayrshire was crucial to Hearts. They lost at Celtic Park on the Premiership’s opening weekend and won’t play at Tynecastle until November while the new main stand is completed. “We knew we had to go and put a marker down at Killie,” said Hamilton.

“To get a clean sheet and a win is a great result for us. It lifts our confidence big time. Winning brings that spirit together, although there’s no point talking it up if we can’t go and do it next week as well.

“John Souttar was brilliant for us in his first 90 minutes since his injury. Christophe Berra has played against the best in the world at international level and down in England. Having him in the team brings that experience you need and it really helps the rest of us round about him.

“There are a lot of difficult games coming up. [Playing at] Murrayfield will be good but it’s away games, though. Nothing beats playing at Tynecastle. That’s our home.

“It’s going to be hard playing elsewhere but if we can grind it out and get over this wee period then we’ll have a lot of games coming up at home later in the season.”

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Andy Kirk will take charge of Hearts Under-20s tonight as they begin their Irn-Bru Cup campaign away at Formartine United.

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With Under-20 coach Jon Daly temporarily coaching the club’s first team, youth coach Kirk is in command of the youngsters for the trip to Aberdeenshire.

He will be hoping to progress through the first-round tie and into the hat to potentially meet one of the tournament’s bigger names.

The draw for the second round takes place on Thursday afternoon.

The 24 first-round winners will be joined by Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk, along with Linfield and Crusaders from Northern Ireland, Welsh clubs The New Saints and Connah’s Quay Nomads, plus and Sligo Wanderers and Bray Wanderers from the Republic of Ireland.

The draw is unseeded but the six non-Scottish clubs will be kept apart – one team from each country will be drawn at home and one away.

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Liam Smith has extended his Hearts contract until 2019 and joined St Mirren on loan until next summer.

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The 21-year-old defender heads to Paisley to augment his first-team experiences in the Championship after 38 senior appearances in maroon.

He remains highly regarded by Riccarton coaching staff, hence the deal to extend his contract by 12 months. Smith's existing deal was due to expire next summer but he is now tied to Tynecastle until 2019.

The arrival of Northern Ireland internationalist Michael Smith, plus the emergence of teenager Jamie Brandon, would have left Smith with limited game time this season. He is expected to play regularly at St Mirren under the former Hearts coach Jack Ross.

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Tony Watt has signed for the ninth club in his professional career after moving to Belgian second tier side OH Leuven.

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The 23-year-old agreed to the move after being allowed to leave Charlton Athletic following two years at the Valley.

It represents a return to Belgium for the ex-Celtic and Hearts striker, who signed for Standard Liege in 2014 after a prolific loan spell with Lierse.

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He’s also had spells with Airdrie United, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers.

Watt wrote on Instagram: “Thanks to everyone at Charlton for the last two years at the club. Sad to be leaving, but have enjoyed it every time I’ve pulled on that jersey. Made some good friends in the dressing room and a special thanks to the fans, especially the covered end singing my name every game. You deserve to get back where you belong.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CRAIG FOWLER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4531595.1502713725!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4531595.1502713725!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Tony Watt is most fondly remembered in Scotland for scoring against Barcelona in Celtic's 2-1 victory in 2012. Picture: Robert Perry","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Tony Watt is most fondly remembered in Scotland for scoring against Barcelona in Celtic's 2-1 victory in 2012. Picture: Robert Perry","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4531595.1502713725!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/steve-mcclaren-remains-bookmakers-favourite-for-hearts-job-1-4531342","id":"1.4531342","articleHeadline": "Steve McClaren remains bookmakers’ favourite for Hearts job","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1502703109000 ,"articleLead": "

Steve McClaren remains the bookmakers’ favourite to be the new Hearts manager, although his odds have lengthened since he put himself forward for the role.

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Former England manager McClaren is now priced at 5/2 to land the role with Ladbrokes. The 56-year-old was as short as 6/5 last week after it was revealed that he was keen to replace Ian Cathro, who was sacked 13 days ago. However, he has drifted in the market, with odds on Dougie Freedman shortening hugely from 25/1 to 7/2. Freedman, a former Scotland international who has managed Crystal Palace, Bolton and Nottingham Forest, is now the clear second favourite. Craig Levein, who was 7/2 last week, is now an 8/1 shot.

Hearts have begun the interview process and have held talks with Steven Pressley, the club’s former captain. He is an 8/1 chance, while his former Tynecastle team-mate Paul Hartley is 4/1. Reports during the weekend intimated that the ex-Dundee boss has also been interviewed for the role.

Jon Daly, the current interim head coach, also features on the odds list for the first time. He is at 10/1 after guiding Hearts to a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend.

Odds to be next manager of Hearts (Ladbrokes): Steve McClaren 5/2; Dougie Freedman 7/2; Paul Hartley 4/1; Craig Levein 8/1; Steven Pressley 8/1; Jon Daly 10/1; Peter Houston 10/1; Billy Davies 14/1; Michael O’Neill 16/1; Fabrizio Ravanelli 25/1.

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Hearts are lodging an appeal against Esmael Goncalves' red card at Kilmarnock after reviewing video footage of the incident.

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The Edinburgh club believe their Portuguese striker was wrongly dismissed for an altercation with Kirk Broadfoot during their 1-0 win at Rugby Park on Saturday.

If the appeal is successful, Goncalves could be available to face Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday. He scored the only goal of the match in Ayrshire before being sent off along with Broadfoot midway through the second half.

The Kilmarnock centre-back appeared to pull Goncalves' hair after the players collided and Broadfoot was then seen holding his face. Both men were ordered off for violent conduct by referee Stephen Finnie.

Hearts are now attempting to have Goncalves' red card overturned by submitting a formal appeal to the Scottish Football Association.

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Interim Hearts coach Jon Daly pinpointed tenacity as key to Saturday’s 1-0 win at Kilmarnock as he praised his players’ fighting spirit.

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The Irishman won the first match of his temporary reign – and his first at senior level – thanks to Esmael Goncalves’ early goal at Rugby Park.

Daly was especially pleased by Hearts’ resilience after he paired on-loan Liverpool player Connor Randall and Cameroon internationalist Arnaud Djoum together in central midfield.

The Edinburgh club have been widely criticised in recent months for a lack of grit and motivation. Both teams were reduced to ten men on 68 minutes when Goncalves and Kirk Broadfoot were sent off. However, Hearts fought hard for three points and answered some of their critics in the process.

“I thought Arnaud was different class. It was a really strong performance from him. I thought Connor Randall was different class as well,” Daly told the Evening News.

“You could go through the whole team. I thought our centre-backs dealt with a lot of long diagonal balls very well. Right through the team, We worked extremely hard and made sure we won the battle. That’s probably a game which we wouldn’t have won last season. We dug it out, rolled out sleeves up, dug in and worked hard so we’re delighted with the three points.

“The game was end-to-end. The style of play Kilmarnock played, looking for long diagonal balls into the box, it just takes someone mistiming a header or not reaching a ball for it to drop in their favour and you can concede.

“We kept a clean sheet, which is very pleasing for Jack Hamilton in goal and for the defence.”

Jamie Walker was back in Hearts’ squad after being left out of the past two matches in light of interest from Rangers. He remained an unused substitute as Daly was forced to change his gameplan.

“You have your subs planned and then the game doesn’t work out as you think,” admitted Daly.

“I obviously planned to try and get Jamie on the park but the way it panned out, I don’t think it was set up for a Jamie Walker coming off the bench at the time when we needed to make changes.”

Walker received a warm reception when he emerged from the dugout to warm up during the first half. Rangers’ interest remains strong but Daly said the player is now applying himself much better in training.

“I think he knows now what everyone at the club thinks of him,” said Daly.

“Myself, the coaching staff, the fans and everyone else has huge admiration for him. He’s a fantastic footballer who we want at the club. If we can get him on another contract, it would be great.”

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It’s been a while since two Hearts strikers complemented each other so well. For just over an hour at Rugby Park on Saturday, Kyle Lafferty and Esmael Goncalves dovetailed beautifully as a partnership appeared to be born in the Ayrshire sunshine.

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“You’ve got to get a shape for your best players,” said the club’s interim head coach, Jon Daly. “We’ve got Isma Goncalves, who scores in most games, and we’ve got Kyle Lafferty. That’s two very good strikers. We need to get them on the park together, so it was 4-4-2. One of the strikers dropped in to help our midfielders out.

“When you’ve got two strikers like Kyle and Isma, plus Cole Stockton who came on and showed what he’s all about, you’ve got a good choice of strikers. We want strikers on the park so, at the minute, I think that’s probably the best shape for the team.”

Goncalves scored the only goal of the game in Hearts’ 1-0 win over Kilmarnock after just five minutes. He was then sent off on 68 minutes, ruling him out of this weekend’s trip to Ibrox. Provocation when the Kilmarnock defender Kirk Broadfoot pulled his hair left the Portuguese furious, but his reaction in throwing an arm out at his opponent was needless.

Referee Stephen Finnie issued what must be his first ever dismissal for ponytail-tugging and Broadfoot walked along with Goncalves, reducing both teams to ten men. One Kilmarnock fan summed up the frustration within the home support by that stage with a shout in Broadfoot’s direction: “At least we don’t need to watch him, now.”

Hearts were both creative and resilient against a poor Kilmarnock side and left with only their second league win at Rugby Park in six and a half years. Those who noticed the spark whenever Goncalves and Lafferty combined could only lament the fact that the former will not play against Rangers barring an appeal – and Hearts officials are considering such a move.

“He’s adamant Kirk Broadfoot pulled his hair,” explained Daly, the under-20 coach placed in charge of the club until they appoint a new head coach. “If he has reacted, he probably shouldn’t have done. I’ll look at the video and see myself. If someone pulls your hair, it’s not nice on the pitch. It’s not something you expect another footballer to do to you. I’ve not really seen that before but he has got a nice ponytail,” laughed the Irishman.

“Isma worked extremely hard for us on Saturday. A lot of people have probably questioned Isma’s work rate and application off the ball. I thought he did really well for us and took his goal really well. He got down the side and shifted the ball back inside to put it away. That’s what Isma does, he’s a goalscorer. He’s someone we want in our team alongside big Laff.”

This was Daly finally getting to impose himself on the Hearts first team and the signs were encouraging. After Ian Cathro’s 3-4-3 experiment, then a necessary conservative approach at Celtic Park on the Premiership’s opening day, the shackles were off somewhat. Garnering points from Kilmarnock was vital after the 4-1 loss to Celtic – particularly with away matches at Rangers and Motherwell, then a Murrayfield meeting with Aberdeen on the horizon. That was why almost 1800 Hearts fans travelled to Ayrshire.

Lafferty led the line whilst Goncalves dropped into little pockets to link up with midfielders. That movement brought him the opening goal. Michael Smith’s slide-rule pass was controlled as Goncalves ghosted away from Broadfoot to dispatch a precise low finish beyond the Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

But for MacDonald, the same player would have scored again on 20 minutes. A flick into Lafferty’s path and a dart on to the Northern Ireland forward’s first-time return pass sent Goncalves through on goal. MacDonald was alert enough to sprint out of his penalty box and tackle his opponent as he tried to clip the ball past him. A second wouldn’t have flattered Hearts at that point.

The visitors deserved their interval lead but had to withstand a fair amount of pressure after the break. Lafferty wasted the chance to kill the game, miskicking from close range when all he had to do was side-foot Don Cowie’s low cross into the Kilmarnock net.

Kilmarnock launched too many long balls and lacked the genuine panache to create scoring chances. Had they supplied the lively Dom Thomas or substitute Jordan Jones with the ball out wide more often, it might have been different.

When they did open Hearts up, Jack Hamilton sprung into action. The goalkeeper thwarted midfielder Rory McKenzie with a stunning double save on the hour mark to preserve his clean sheet and underline his team’s resilience. It was a feature of the afternoon which pleased Daly no end.

“We had probably the best chances in the game,” he stated. “Jamie MacDonald nicks one off Isma in the first half and then Laff has good chance that he miskicks. You probably expect him to do better. Don Cowie also went through and hit one over the bar.

“Jack didn’t have a lot to do during the game. His handling and distribution were really good. The one time we really needed him was when they cut us open and he made a fantastic double save. That will do him the world of good and hopefully give his confidence a big boost.

“We hadn’t won at Rugby Park since April 2013 so it shows you how difficult it is to get three points there. Doing it in the manner we did shows a lot people that the players have got the characteristics which they’ve been getting questioned over – desire, work rate, effort. This shows everyone they have that in their lockers.”

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Saturday’s win over Kilmarnock was a much-needed result for everyone connected with Hearts and showed the value of getting the basics right.

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It wasn’t the prettiest performance we’ve ever produced, but no-one will care a jot about that. Regular easy-on-the-eye football is possible if you have the resources of a club like Celtic, but for a club like Hearts, getting victories ­– no matter how they are achieved – is the be all and end all.

It’s all well and good trying to play an expansive 3-4-3 formation but you need players of a certain calibre, tactical awareness and consistency to play that way, and those are generally outwith our price range. I’m pleased to see that we appear to have realised this and have gone back to a more pragmatic approach, which centres around giving us the best chance possible to get a result.

I think Jon Daly is more of an old-fashioned individual in terms of the way he played the game and also the way he has carried himself since becoming Hearts’ interim head coach. I’ve been very impressed with him so far. I’ve made no secret of the fact I’d prefer us to return to a traditional experienced manager who runs the whole football side but, if the club decide to stick with their policy of promoting a young head coach and Daly is able to lead us to another positive result at against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday, then I wouldn’t be averse to him being the chosen candidate. One thing Jon has ahead of outside candidates is a proper understanding of what the club are trying to do under the current structure. He is a strong character who was one of the leaders of a successful Dundee United team in his playing days. I think he has a grasp of what Hearts supporters want from their team, which primarily is a side that is hard to beat, fights for the jersey and has a desire to win at all costs.

It wouldn’t be the most popular appointment we’d ever make considering some of the more illustrious names being bandied about but, allied to what I’ve seen from him so far, if Jon were to make it two wins out of three tough away games on Saturday – which shouldn’t be beyond us – I would be willing to put my faith in him and back him going forward.

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Esmael Goncalves scored the winner and was sent off as Hearts recorded their first Premiership with of the season.

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Goncalves and Kilmarnock centre-back Kirk Broadfoot were both ordered off after clashing midway through the second half. However, the Portuguese's goal in the opening five minutes decided what was a tempestuous affair in Ayrshire.

Jon Daly, the Edinburgh club's interim head coach, would have been pleased by the resilience his team showed under some second-half pressure. They also created chances and striker Kyle Lafferty ought to have scored a second goal from close range.

For Kilmarnock, it is three defeats on the bounce and the Rugby Park support left at full-time with some choice words for manager Lee McCulloch.

Hearts arrived with more than 1500 fans and a record of only one league win here in the last six years. They reinstated Jamie Walker to the squad having omitted him for the previous two weeks, although he had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench.

McCulloch was desperate for a response after successive losses in the Premiership and League Cup in the last week. However, his team faced another deficit after only five minutes of this encounter.

Michael Smith - operating at left-back for Hearts - slid a perfect pass into Goncalves' feet and he was allowed time to take a touch and steady himself. He used it wisely to dispatch a low finish beyond the despairing Jamie MacDonald in Kilmarnock's goal.

MacDonald prevented a certain second goal for the visitors on 20 minutes by emerging from his goal to tackle Goncalves. The Portuguese striker had linked well with Lafferty in a two-man attack which the hosts found difficult to cope with.

Walker emerged from the substitutes' bench after 25 minutes to pretty unanimous applause as he warmed up in front of the travelling support. There was even chanting of his name as the Hearts fans backed their man despite continued interest from Rangers.

The main attacking threat for Kilmarnock in the first half was left midfielder Dominic Thomas, who gave young Jamie Brandon a few problems in trying to supply chances for strikers Kris Boyd and Lee Erwin. In the main, though, it was those in maroon who enjoyed the better of a very competitive first 45 minutes.

McCulloch introduced left-winger Jordan Jones for the second half hoping to cause 19-year-old Brandon further difficulty. The ploy to target the full-back's inexperience was part of a more assertive home display after the interval. Indeed, two impressive saves in succession by the Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton denied Rory McKenzie a certain equaliser on the hour mark following intelligent build-up play by Thomas.

Lafferty wasted a glorious chance to kill the game when he failed to connect with Don Cowie's low cross with the goal gaping. Whatever this affair lacked in quality, it made up for in drama as play swung from end to end.

The afternoon erupted in controversy on 68 minutes when Goncalves and Broadfoot were red carded. They clashed on the edge of the Kilmarnock penalty area, with Broadfoot at first glance appearing to pull Goncalves back by the hair before the forward retaliated. Referee Stephen Finnie consulted his far-side assistant before dismissing both players.

The Ayrshire side continued their quest for an equaliser but Hearts held out to secure their first league win since April at the end of a hard-fought 90 minutes.

Kilmarnock (4-4-2): MacDonald; Wilson, Broadfoot, Greer, Taylor; Burke, McKenzie, Frizzell, Thomas; K Boyd, Erwin.


46: Jones for Burke

72: O'Donnell for Taylor

87: Samizadeh for Wilson

Unused subs: Bell, Waters, Power, Higgins.

Hearts (4-4-2): Hamilton; Brandon, Souttar, Berra, M Smith; Cowie, Randall, Djoum, Grzelak; Goncalves, Lafferty.


81: Nowak for Brandon

85: Stockton for Lafferty

90: Martin for Cowie

Unused subs: Noring, Hughes, Walker, Henderson.

Referee: Stephen Finnie.

Attendance: 5076.

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Hearts will head to Rugby Park this afternoon with a totally different gameplan from last week’s defeat at Celtic Park. Interim head coach Jon Daly pledged to field a more attack-minded team against Kilmarnock in the hope of earning his club their first league win since April.

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The opening Ladbrokes Premiership weekend saw Hearts lose 4-1 at Celtic Park with a fairly conservative approach. Under-20 coach Daly, in charge of the first team until a new head coach is appointed, intends to go with more forward-thinking players in Ayrshire.

Esmael Goncalves is pushing for a starting place after scoring Hearts’ goal in Glasgow. Kilmarnock lost their first league game 2-1 against St Johnstone last week before a midweek 5-0 reverse at Celtic Park in the Betfred Cup.

“I think they are wounded. Our lads are extremely disappointed from last week so we’re looking for a response to get three points,” said Daly. “We will go there totally different from the way we were at Celtic. Hopefully, we’ll have a few more attacking players on the park who will give us opportunities to score goals.

“We definitely want to assert ourselves and apply ourselves in an attacking sense. You still need to be disciplined and structured when you don’t have the ball. Kilmarnock have good players in their team and Kris Boyd up front, who scores goals for fun. We have to be wary of their threats but there are areas of the park where we can hurt them.”

Daly was happy with his team’s structure at Parkhead but could only lament the mistakes which handed Celtic control. “If you haven’t seen the game, it looks like we went there and didn’t do well. I thought the structure was right, with three in the middle of the park and Kyle Lafferty up top,” he said.

“Against a team of Celtic’s calibre, you switch off for a split second and you get punished. Unfortunately, we had lapses in concentration at crucial points in the game and we were punished for them.

“Nobody downed tools or put the white flag up. That shows me they’re prepared to work hard and they’re buying into what we’re asking from them. Celtic Park wasn’t a great result but I thought we worked extremely hard and were a threat on the counter-attack and from set-plays.”

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Jon Daly would swiftly become a serious contender for the Hearts head coach’s job by winning the next two matches of his interim reign. Regardless of the present, he is being groomed as a future manager of the Tynecastle club.

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Jon Daly would swiftly become a serious contender for the Hearts head coach’s job by winning the next two matches of his interim reign. Regardless of the present, he is being groomed as a future manager of the Tynecastle club.

With that in mind, it is encouraging to hear players speak of him so glowingly. Defender John Souttar is just one who knows the kind of respect Daly commands. The imposing Irishman used to kick lumps out of the young protégé on the training fields at Dundee United some years ago, and Souttar hasn’t forgotten.

“Oh yeah, I took a few bashes from him,” laughed Souttar. “We used to play young versus old on a Friday and I would be directly up against him. It was a bit of a lesson getting bumped and bashed around. Did I kick him back? He was club captain at the time so it wasn’t the best idea to try it!

“To be fair, we had a lot of good young players back then with Stuart [Armstrong], Andy [Robertson], Goodie [David Goodwillie], Johnny Russell and the like. We had a decent team. We had the legs!

“Jon was a good player and he’s a good coach as well. He is as good as anyone. I know there’s a lot of good managers being mentioned for the job here, but he’s got a wealth of experience. If we could win our next two games, it would stand him in good stead no matter what happens.”

Daly will continue as interim head coach when Hearts visit Kilmarnock tomorrow and is likely to remain in place until after the trip to Ibrox the following weekend.

“I think everyone respects him, to be honest,” said Souttar. “Even when he was Under-20s manager he was a big presence about the place. For me, he was my captain at my first club. I played with him so I know the leadership qualities he’s got. He was always there for me and for the boys.

“He was a great captain. He was very good with the boys, and the younger lads. He was a big presence. For me growing up, he was a great example. He was just a good leader.”

Daly shoulders the immediate task of trying to rejuvenate the Hearts squad in the aftermath of Ian Cathro’s dismissal. After last week’s 4-1 opening Premiership defeat at Parkhead, the trip to Ayrshire carries plenty importance. “I didn’t really read all of what happened last week, but I got the gist of it. No, it didn’t surprise me,” admitted Souttar.

“It’s been good so far [under Souttar]. Training has been good and everyone has enjoyed working with him. We just need to make sure we get a positive result for him tomorrow now.

“I think all the boys are treating him like they would any manager – with a lot of respect. We will do our utmost to get a result for him tomorrow because everyone wants him to do well.”

A raft of big names have applied to succeed Cathro but Daly hasn’t abandoned hope of earning the role full-time. Realistically, it may be too early in the 34-year-old’s coaching career for him to step into such a high-profile and demanding position, but he remains highly regarded by director of football Craig Levein. Others to show an interest include Steve McClaren, Paulo Sergio, Steven Pressley and Paul Hartley.

“We’ve seen a few of the names linked with the job. I won’t say what we’ve been talking about in the dressing room though,” laughed Souttar.

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Alan McLaren, Hearts’ young captain, spared his team from the trauma of extra time and possibly the dreaded penalty shoot-out by scoring late in this League Cup second-round clash at Tynecastle.

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If the truth be told the Scottish internationalist’s goal also spared his chairman, Wallace Mercer, an embarrassing scenario.

Mercer and Jack Steedman, the owner of Clydebank, have not been seeing eye to eye recently over the Scottish Super League and some barbed comments have been flying around.

How sweet it would have been for Steedman had his side managed a surprise result here.

It would have taken days for the smile to run away from his face.

However, Steedman and his team were able to leave Edinburgh without having been disgraced after having survived most of Hearts’ attacks which died because of wayward finishing and the excellence of Clydebank keeper Steve Woods, who was freed by Hibs at the end of last season.

The tie was played in atrocious weather conditions with the rain pouring down for most of the match, which was unfortunate for Clydebank’s small band of followers, who were out in the open.

Still, it could have been worse had Hearts converted a decent proportion of the chances created and given their own fans, who made up the bulk of the 5758 audience, something to enjoy.

Instead, they trudged away from the ground wondering if it had been worth the effort.

The football gets you like that sometimes.

Had it been someone other than Tosh McKinlay who lunged at a ball turned back into the danger area by Scott Crabbe the Tynecastle side might have been in front after only a matter of seconds.

However, McKinlay couldn’t control it properly and Clydebank’s keeper Steve Woods was able to smother the ball.

The treacherous conditions more than any malice on the part of Ken Eadie were responsible for the Clydebank player’s untidy tackle on Crabbe, who was left on the ground holding a leg.

Eadie was booked, but may himself been something of a victim.

However, there was nothing innocent about Kenny Wilson’s tackle on Crabbe, who was caught waist high.

Wilson also was booked but his punishment could have been more severe.

The second half had not been in flow long when Derek Ferguson had to go off for treatment to a facial injury.

He reappeared several minutes later and Hearts continued their pursuit of a goal and got it on 79 minutes through their young defender.

Hearts: Smith, McLaren, McKinlay, Levein, Hogg, Mackay, Robertson, Ferguson, Baird, Wright, Crabbe. Substitutes: Foster, Snodin.

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