Stevie Crawford brought in to develop Hearts strikers

Stevie Crawford. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Stevie Crawford. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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Robbie Neilson today revealed he is bringing Stevie Crawford to Hearts to work closely with the club’s strikers and help develop their attacking players.

Hearts have agreed a deal with Falkirk by which Crawford joins as assistant head coach from June 1.

“As soon as Craig (Levein) spoke to me about bringing somebody in, Stevie was the first guy I thought about. I coached with him at Falkirk and he’s great,” said Neilson.

“He is good at developing strikers and attacking players. I feel it’s important we have somebody with that experience and that detail for the boys to work off. He’s buying into what we’re doing in terms of working at the academy and helping out young kids.

When I was at Falkirk, Stevie, myself and Neil MacFarlane would go out in the afternoons with young boys and work with them till four or five o’clock. Then we would go to the academy and do bits and bobs. Stevie has a great work rate and a great attitude.”

Although Crawford spent three years with Hibs as a player, Neilson stressed that is irrelevant to his job at Hearts. “That doesn’t bother me at all,” he added. “There aren’t many teams Stevie hasn’t been with. It’s about getting the best coach you can get and I think Stevie is the best we can get in that position.”