Hearts striker Osman Sow: I am not a dirty player

Osman Sow

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Osman Sow today stressed he is not a dirty player after his red card for elbowing in the recent Edinburgh derby.

The Hearts forward returned from a two-game ban in Tuesday night’s League Cup tie at Stenhousemuir and is eager not to be branded violent or dishonest.

Sow was dismissed for elbowing Hibs defender Michael Nelson in the face during Hearts’ 2-1 win over Hibs earlier this month. The Swede insisted there was no malice in the challenge, but admitted he will be striving to keep his arms down to avoid a repeat.

“I didn’t mean to do it, I just jumped up,” he said. “Everybody has their opinion, it’s not up to me. I just move on now. I’m not a dirty player. I’m a tall player and you jump with your arms so it can happen. I’m trying to keep my arms down now, but I’m a big guy.”

Tuesday saw Sow’s return to action as a substitute at Ochilview as Hearts won 2-1 to make the League Cup third round. He had several scoring chances and faces a fight to reclaim a starting place with fellow strikers James Keatings and Gary Oliver in scoring form.

“Last week, Keatings did a perfect job and we have many good players. I just have to keep working hard,” said the 24-year-old. “It’s good to be back on the pitch. I could have had three goals maybe. Some days you keep getting chances and then you score. Getting through was the main thing. That’s why we went there so that was important.

“You just need to keep focused. Obviously it’s a little bit harder playing at a lower league ground, but you just have to do it. I’m disappointed not to get three goals, but it’s like that sometimes.

“It was one of those nights, but we won, that’s the main thing. We’ve now got nine points from three league games and we’re through in the League Cup. We can’t complain.”