Moira Gordon

Craig Levein: Hearts will cope without John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu

Hearts manager Craig Levein says his players have proved themselves capable of handling most conundrums this term and believes that they will continue to do so despite the disappointing news that stand-in captain John Souttar and cult hero Uche Ikpeazu have joined club skipper Christophe Berra on the list of long-term injured.

Hearts' Steven Naismith celebrates giving the home side the lead. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy

Hearts 2 - 0 Aberdeen: Naismith and Milinkovic goals see off Dons

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes dismissed the idea that the players had been distracted by thoughts of next week’s Scottish Cup semi-final. But if his players’ minds were not on that Hampden showdown throughout this match, they will be after their manager tore strips off them in the aftermath.

Hearts manager Craig Levein, with the Hibs fans' 'Natural Order' banner behind him. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Hibs fans goad Craig Levein over ‘natural order’ comment

The official kick-off to the match was delayed for four minutes due to flares being thrown on to the pitch but in many ways this head-to-head had actually started the minute Hearts manager Craig Levein greeted victory over Hibs in the last meeting with talk of restoring natural order.

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