JIMMY SANDISON today urged Scott Robinson to channel his frustration in the right way – and turn it into a renewed determination to be a Hearts mainstay.
The young midfielder hit out in yesterday’s Evening News at the decision to substitute him at half-time during Saturday’s defeat by St Mirren and says that he feels he is being treated unfairly.
Robinson, who has featured in all 11 of Hearts’ games so far this season, was also replaced at the break in the match against Dundee United the previous week and revealed that his confidence has dipped as a result.
Jambos boss Gary Locke responded to Robinson’s claims by saying that each and every one of the substitutions he has made this season have been justified and that he treats all of his players equally.
Former Tynecastle ace Sandison, who played for Hearts for seven years between 1984 and 1991, believes that Robinson, having now got his frustrations off his chest, would be best served by working his socks off in a bid to impress his manager.
Sandison said: “We have all been through these situations as players and the best form of attack when you think that things are not going well for you is to work your socks off in training. Make sure that, from Monday through to Friday, you are doing everything you can to impress the manager and convince him that you deserve a place in that team.
“If you do have a problem with certain things then there is only one person who can sort it out for you. Go and chap on his door – that is the only way that you are really going to get things sorted out, or at least get an explanation.
“Talking to other people about it or letting it fester in your head is never the way to go. I am sure Gary and Billy Brown are both very approachable people and, if Scott sat down with him, then I am sure that everything could be sorted out. I don’t think that him coming out and saying these things to other people will have done him any favours. He’d have been better going right to the top of the tree instead.”
Having seen the Tynecastle side ravaged by the onset of administration, Sandison insists now is the time for the Hearts players to stick together, and not pull in different directions.
Sandison believes that diminutive midfielder Robinson could perhaps consider himself a bit unlucky to have been hooked on Saturday but believes he must look at the bigger picture and do whatever is best for the team. Sandison added: “There will be times when players find themselves in and out of the side, that is just football. It is all about the group pulling in the one direction and making sure that they get the right results for Hearts. I know Scott will be a disappointed with the part he has played over the last couple of weeks because I think he can probably consider himself quite unlucky because it does look like he is up there as one of the most likely players to come off.
“The shape of the team at the minute – it looks like it is a 4-2-3-1 – means that you have got two midfield sitters in Jamie Hamill and Robinson and I don’t think anyone would expect there to be too many occasions where Gary would decide to take Hamill off because of his experience and that is exactly what the side needs right now.
“Scott has been a bit unfortunate in that respect but, like any other player, he has to deal with the emotions of being substituted in the proper manner.
“A player should never be happy at being taken off or starting a game on the bench but I fully believe that you should not show any anger towards the management.
“This kind of thing happens to every player at some point and it is how you deal with it that shows the manager what kind of player you are.
“It is difficult for him but if you’re playing really well, then there’s not much chance of you being on the substitutes’ bench.
“Scott has not been the worst performer, by any manner of means, but because of where he sits in the park, it is easier to choose him to come off when you are looking to bring some fresh legs on. I thought Gary made the right decision on Saturday, given that Hearts were a goal down.”