{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"football","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/steven-naismith-hearts-move-ticked-all-the-boxes-for-me-1-4665536","id":"1.4665536","articleHeadline": "Steven Naismith: Hearts move ticked all the boxes for me","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516297702000 ,"articleLead": "

Steven Naismith said Hearts ticked all the boxes for him as the Norwich City forward agreed a loan deal until the end of the season.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665535.1516297699!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith is unveiled at Tynecastle after signing a loan deal with Hearts until the end of the season. Picture: Heart of Midlothian FC"} ,"articleBody": "

The Scotland international had been linked with a return to former clubs Rangers and Kilmarnock, but revealed it was Hearts that had been most eager to acquire his services.

Speaking to Hearts TV, Naismith said: “Hearts showed the most enthusiasm to get something done, and I liked that.

“I took a bit of time to consider my options and it’s about the whole package, rather than just moving for the sake of moving, and Hearts ticked all the boxes.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to come to Hearts. It’s a club that’s had its difficulties in the past but it’s definitely flourishing now under the leadership of Ann Budge and Craig Levein.”

Naismith flew up to Edinburgh earlier this week, and prior to signing was shown around the club’s training facilities as well as Tynecastle Park.

“It’s incredible what changes have been made, especially at the stadium,” he said.

“It just gives you that eagerness to get started and I’m looking forward to training tomorrow.”

Naismith is likely to be pitched straight into Sunday’s Edinburgh derby against rivals Hibs, with a place in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup up for grabs.

Declaring himself ‘eager to get going’, Naismith added: “The Edinburgh derby is a good game to start with. I’m raring to go for the fact of being involved in matches again, but it adds a bit more to it that it’s a derby at home.

“I’ve been fit for six or eight weeks now and I’ve managed to get a few games in with Norwich City Under-23s. I’m in a good routine now and I’ll carry that on. I’m in a good place.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "PATRICK McPARTLIN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665535.1516297699!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665535.1516297699!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Steven Naismith is unveiled at Tynecastle after signing a loan deal with Hearts until the end of the season. Picture: Heart of Midlothian FC","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith is unveiled at Tynecastle after signing a loan deal with Hearts until the end of the season. Picture: Heart of Midlothian FC","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665535.1516297699!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/hearts-complete-loan-signing-of-steven-naismith-1-4665312","id":"1.4665312","articleHeadline": "Hearts complete loan signing of Steven Naismith","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516289339000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts have completed the signing of Scotland striker Steven Naismith on loan from Norwich City.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665333.1516290658!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith at Tynecastle today"} ,"articleBody": "

The 31-year-old will make his debut in maroon this Sunday when Hibs visit Tynecastle Park in the fourth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Naismith arrived in Edinburgh on Thursday to complete the paperwork on a loan agreement until the end of the season. He will now be pitched into the white-hot environment of an Edinburgh derby.

Naismith hasn’t played since August due to injury and had fallen out of favour at Norwich. He was keen to move back to Scotland, where he initially made his name with Kilmarnock and Rangers.

After signing left-back Demetri Mitchell on loan from Manchester United last week, Naismith’s capture adds both experience and a goal threat to the Hearts forward line.

“It’s a bit of a coup to bring somebody in of Steven’s quality, not just in a footballing sense but as a person as well,” said manager Craig Levein, who worked with the player during his time in charge of the Scotland national team.

“It’s much in keeping with the senior players we have here already, the likes of Don Cowie, Christophe Berra and Aaron Hughes.

“I think he’ll be a huge player in the dressing-room and a great example to the rest of the team. On top of that, he’s a fantastically talented football player.

“He’ll bring a bit of nous, experience, energy and enthusiasm – which he has in abundance. He’s also got goalscoring ability.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665333.1516290658!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665333.1516290658!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Steven Naismith at Tynecastle today","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith at Tynecastle today","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665333.1516290658!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/hearts-boss-bemoans-mental-schedule-after-winter-break-1-4665465","id":"1.4665465","articleHeadline": "Hearts boss bemoans ‘mental’ schedule after winter break","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516314601000 ,"articleLead": "

After five days in the Spanish sunshine, Hearts return to five games in 13 days – starting with an Edinburgh derby on Sunday. It is a situation manager Craig Levein describes as “mental”.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665464.1516307957!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts manager Craig Levein"} ,"articleBody": "

The Scottish Cup tie against Hibs precedes Wednesday’s league visit to Hamilton, Saturday’s home match with Motherwell, then a trip to Celtic three days later and a meeting with St Johnstone the following weekend.

A three-week winter break allowed some much-needed recuperation time for Levein’s injured players. Some of those are key protagonists in Hearts’ quest for European football, so the manager will not complain about the rest time.

However, cramming fixtures in both before and after a very short break can also put added pressure on players. Levein must manage his squad accordingly.

“It’s mental. You get a winter break and then you don’t get eased back into it. All of a sudden it’s foot to the floor. However, that’s the way it is so there’s no point moaning about it,” he said.

“The break has actually been quite good for us. We had quite a few injured players who would never have been involved in this Hibs game if it had taken place at the start of the month. It’s helped us on this occasion so I’m not going to complain about it.”

Hearts arrived back from the Costa Blanca on Tuesday and immediately intensified their preparations for Hibs’ visit. “It sharpens your senses,” explained Levein. “It’s a big match for us. Hibs have been away as well. It’s just about how the preparations have gone. We will be trying our best to make sure we’re right at it from the first whistle.

“We’ve done work over in Spain and now we’re concentrating on the game on Sunday. We’ve watched Hibs and we’ve looked at how we’re going to play so it’s all normal football stuff.”

It is far from a normal cup tie, though. Hibs haven’t lost any of the last nine Edinburgh derbies, Hearts are seeking to extend their club record of six clean sheets, and the Tynecastle side are unbeaten in their last nine league games.

This one offers the reward of a Scottish Cup fifth-round place. “There are all these outside things and different bits and pieces, but it will come down to who does better on the day,” observed Levein. “The preparation is important. My experience in the past with these winter breaks is that it isn’t always easy to negotiate what to do. We’re hoping we’ve got it right.”

Friendlies against Vitesse Arnhem and Nurnberg brought a 1-1 draw and 5-0 defeat respectively. The benefits of the trip went beyond simple scorelines for the Hearts coaching staff as they try to develop a host of teenage players into first-team assets.

“The young lads have had some brilliant experience of being away for a period of time and being able to spend more time with the senior players. They’ve been able to talk to the established guys about various bits and bobs,” said Levein.

“The benefits of these things aren’t always obvious but when you have young players it’s particularly important that they start to learn about being away from home, staying in hotels and how you behave.

“You don’t spend time around Aaron Hughes, Don Cowie and Christophe Berra without picking up some important information. The trip was really good from that point of view.”

It also allowed loan signing Demetri Mitchell from Manchester United a chance to acquaint himself with new colleagues. He flew into Hearts’ training base last Friday afternoon. “Demi obviously didn’t know anybody. The best thing to do in that situation is to have five or six days in everybody’s company,” explained Levein. “That way, you get to know them all pretty quickly. At home, you’re in at the training ground for four or five hours and then away.

“We obviously got a bit of a pasting the other day against Nurnberg but we didn’t set the team up to win, as such, it was more about just getting some game time. We didn’t pick up any injuries in Spain, which I’m happy about.”

Mitchell played against Nurnberg and Levein saw flashes of talent in the 21-year-old left-back. “He does what we thought he did. He’s an attacking player who gets forward with pace. He’s genuinely exciting and he’s shown that in training. When we put a stronger team out round about him, then that’s going to help him.

“I think everybody has to remember he is young. If he was 24 years old, we wouldn’t be getting him. There is an element of patience with him. We have a lot of players near his age so he’ll feel the environment is something that’s conducive to him feeling good and playing good football.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665464.1516307957!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665464.1516307957!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts manager Craig Levein","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts manager Craig Levein","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665464.1516307957!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/hibs-and-hearts-fans-told-to-behave-ahead-of-scottish-cup-clash-1-4665230","id":"1.4665230","articleHeadline": "Hibs and Hearts fans told to behave ahead of Scottish Cup clash","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516297254000 ,"articleLead": "

POLICE are urging fans to behave during the Edinburgh derby this weekend.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665229.1516287154!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts will host Hibs in the Scottish Cup at Tynecastle"} ,"articleBody": "

Hearts and Hibs will clash at Tynecastle in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday, with a 2.05pm kick-off.

Officers will be deployed to support stewarding staff at Tynecastle and help keep fans safe as they enter and leave the stadium.

READ MORE: Hearts and Hibs fans to unite for Shaun Woodburn campaign

Additional officers will also be deployed in the surrounding areas to deter criminal behaviour and ensure any issues are swiftly dealt with.

Police are also advising supporters to ensure they turn up in plenty of time, as late arrivals may experience queuing which will delay their entry further.

READ MORE: Hearts fans moved to accommodate TV studio at Hibs cup clash

Officers are also asking fans to be mindful of local residents and ensure they are parked in a safe and considerate manner, if travelling by car.

Fans are reminded that prohibited items such as drugs, alcohol, weapons, flares and pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden and anyone found to be in possession of these will not be permitted entry.

Chief Inspector Kevin McLean, match commander, said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and additional officers will be on hand to ensure that supporters and stewarding staff are kept safe, should any issues arise.

“If you try to enter the ground in possession of banned items, or under the influence of drink or drugs, you will be refused entry and are likely to face further consequences.

“Please arrive in plenty of time and speak to an officer or a steward if you have any concerns about someone’s behaviour or need any general advice.

“We look forward to a good day for everyone attending and thank fans in advance for their patience and cooperation.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665229.1516287154!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665229.1516287154!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts will host Hibs in the Scottish Cup at Tynecastle","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts will host Hibs in the Scottish Cup at Tynecastle","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665229.1516287154!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/tommy-wright-open-to-move-for-hibs-midfielder-danny-swanson-1-4665028","id":"1.4665028","articleHeadline": "Tommy Wright open to move for Hibs midfielder Danny Swanson","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516279511000 ,"articleLead": "

Tommy Wright says he is open to welcoming Hibs Danny Swanson back to St Johnstone.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665027.1516279508!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Danny Swanson has found game-time limited at Hibs. Pic: SNS"} ,"articleBody": "

Saints have been linked with a move for Swanson – who only left the club in the summer – following Michael O’Halloran’s return to Rangers.

O’Halloran scored five goals for St Johnstone during a loan spell earlier in the season but has been recalled by Graeme Murty, leaving Wright short on wide options after he admitted there is little chance of a return for the winger.

Swanson has emerged as a target for the Perth club after struggling for game time at Hibs and following an alleged clash with manager Neil Lennon during a recent trip to Portugal, and – despite wishing to play it down – Wright admitted he would be happy to see him back at McDiarmid Park for a third time.

“Danny is a player who has done extremely well here,” he said. “If there is an opportunity where he is available and shows a willingness to come back, I wouldn’t have a problem as he’s done extremely well here.

“(However) Danny’s future is for Hibs and Neil to decide, and not me.”

He added: “If Danny wanted to come and is available, it’s an easy option for me, but there are other options that we have.

“The main thing is to have someone who will impact the starting XI and not just the squad, because we have enough young players who can step up.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "WILL JACKSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665027.1516279508!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665027.1516279508!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Danny Swanson has found game-time limited at Hibs. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Danny Swanson has found game-time limited at Hibs. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665027.1516279508!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/what-hearts-are-getting-in-steven-naismith-1-4665133","id":"1.4665133","articleHeadline": "What Hearts are getting in Steven Naismith","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516283949000 ,"articleLead": "

Steven Naismith has agreed a loan deal with Hearts, keeping him at Tynecastle until the end of the season. Patrick McPartlin looks at what Naismith will bring to Tynecastle

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665132.1516286708!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith will bring versatility and quality in the final third to Hearts. Picture: SNS Group"} ,"articleBody": "

Quality in the final third

Despite Hearts’ well publicised meanness at the back – six consecutive clean sheets setting a new club record – the Jambos have struggled at the other end of the park; the obvious exception being the 4-0 win over Celtic in December.

Kyle Lafferty has often looked an isolated figure up top, while the mercurial Esmael Goncalves and Cole Stockton have struggled to make an impact.

With Lafferty due to miss the next three matches, including the Scottish Cup derby against rivals Hibs, Hearts need someone capable of leading the line who is good in the air and able to run in behind and pressurise opposing defences. Naismith can fulfil all those roles and he knows where the goal is.

Pedigree

There was a reason Norwich City paid £8.5 million to secure Naismith’s services in January 2016. Although the Scot had fallen out of favour at Everton, he was challenging the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Arouna Kone for a starting berth. In his secondary position, the Toffees had brought in Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona and signed Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon. Despite this, he still managed a ‘perfect’ hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Chelsea - the first English Premier League player to do so against Jose Mourinho’s Blues side. Throw in 45 international caps and seven goals - including strikes against Spain, Poland and Croatia - along with three Scottish league titles, one Scottish Cup win and two Scottish League Cups and it’s clear why Hearts signing Naismith is such a coup.

Versatility

Undoubtedly at his best in the number nine role, Naismith can nevertheless perform in a number of positions.

At Everton, under David Moyes, he was often used out wide before being moved into a more central position following the arrival of Roberto Martinez.

He’s even, on occasion, operated in a central midfield role but Levein has almost certainly brought Naismith in as an out-and-out attacker, which is how Levein used him during his time as Scotland boss.

Naismith was vocal in his praise of Levein’s tactical approach as Scotland boss at a time when others were slating him, so it won’t be a surprise if Levein opts to use Naismith in different positions depending on the opposition.

A wealth of experience

Still only 31, Naismith has experience of European football with Rangers and Everton; international experience with Scotland and has played in the Scottish top flight, English Premier League and the English Championship in his career.

His arrival at Hearts can only benefit Rory Currie, Aiden Keena, Ally Roy, Nikolay Todorov and Dario Zanatta who will no doubt be queuing up to ask for advice and pointers, in the same way that defensive duo Christophe Berra and Aaron Hughes, and in midfield Don Cowie, have helped to blood the crop of youngsters making a name for themselves in the Hearts first team.

Passion

One thing Hearts fans can look forward to is Naismith putting in whole-hearted performances in maroon. At Kilmarnock, Rangers, Scotland and perhaps especially at Everton, Naismith played each game like a fan given the chance to play alongside with his heroes. As he departed Goodison for Carrow Road, then Everton boss Roberto Martinez hailed Naismith as ‘a joy and a true professional’

His off-field work with charities, the homeless and the unemployed mirrors his efforts on the park. He will give everything for Hearts and his workrate will help win over any doubters among the Tynecastle faithful.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665132.1516286708!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665132.1516286708!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Steven Naismith will bring versatility and quality in the final third to Hearts. Picture: SNS Group","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith will bring versatility and quality in the final third to Hearts. Picture: SNS Group","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665132.1516286708!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/oli-shaw-s-goalscoring-ability-never-in-doubt-says-stubbs-1-4664493","id":"1.4664493","articleHeadline": "Oli Shaw’s goalscoring ability never in doubt, says Stubbs","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516257047000 ,"articleLead": "

Alan Stubbs is not surprised to see teenager Oli Shaw making the impact he has at Hibs in recent weeks having given the striker his Easter Road debut 30 months ago.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664492.1516224917!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Oli Shaw was handed his Hibs debut by Alan Stubbs"} ,"articleBody": "

Shaw was only 17 and just “skin and bones” when Stubbs threw him on for the final 15 minutes of a 3-0 League Cup win over Montrose but, revealed the former Hibs boss, by then the youngster was already catching the eye with his goals for the club’s Under-20s side.

A prolific strike-rate at that level persuaded current head coach Neil Lennon to promote Shaw to his first-team squad, the Scotland Under-19 cap scoring twice against Celtic, before following up those strikes with goals against Ross County and Kilmarnock. Stubbs was at Tynecastle for the last Edinburgh derby to see Shaw denied his moment of glory when assistant referee Sean Carr failed to spot his early shot had crashed off the bar and crossed Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin’s line.

And that, insisted Stubbs, was just a glimpse of what the kid is all about.

He said: “That was Oli at a younger level too. He could be quiet in a game and then burst into life.

“Physically, he just wasn’t where he needed to be at that time. He was still skin and bones, but he always scored goals. Now he’s been out on loan, kept progressing and he’s made an impact on the first team.

“There was never any questioning his goalscoring attributes – it was his overall game management and hold-up play with his back to goal. He has done really well but maybe needs to be more involved in the game.

“Oli is a confident guy. He’s come from the Under-20 and held his own in the first team. That confidence is reflected in his performances. In the Hearts game he should have scored the winning goal, but it wasn’t given.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664492.1516224917!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664492.1516224917!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Oli Shaw was handed his Hibs debut by Alan Stubbs","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Oli Shaw was handed his Hibs debut by Alan Stubbs","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664492.1516224917!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/steven-naismith-a-huge-coup-for-hearts-says-mark-mcghee-1-4664457","id":"1.4664457","articleHeadline": "Steven Naismith a huge coup for Hearts, says Mark McGhee","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516257029000 ,"articleLead": "

Mark McGhee watched Steven Naismith bring sheer professionalism, desire and quality to every Scotland gathering. He insists the time is right for the striker to join Hearts and show those exact qualities each day at Riccarton.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664455.1516222483!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith has fallen out of favour under the new Norwich City manager but Mark McGhee says he will be a big hit in maroon"} ,"articleBody": "

McGhee assisted Gordon Strachan at international level for the past five years and admits surprise at Naismith’s impending loan move to Edinburgh from Norwich City. He expected the 31-year-old to end up at Rangers. However continued growth at Tynecastle and a resurgent Scottish Premiership makes the loan agreement a tidy fit for all concerned.

Naismith is due to undergo a medical and, barring any unexpected late hitches, should join Hearts in time to debut against Hibs in Sunday’s Scottish Cup Edinburgh derby. McGhee says Hearts will have pulled off a monumental coup if the deal gets signed off.

“If you had phoned me up and said Steven Naismith was going back to Rangers, I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. It wouldn’t have surprised me at all,” McGhee told the Evening News. “I know things move on and Hearts are improving in all sorts of ways, but I think they’ve done tremendously well to persuade Naisy to go there. I think they have signed a great player.

“His family are up in Scotland and he’s always going up to see them. He spends as much time as he can there, so I think this is a good time for him to go back. Most importantly, is it the right time to go to Hearts? I think it is.

“With the re-emergence of Hibs back amongst the top clubs and Rangers up there as well, the league is stronger than it was a couple of seasons back. I don’t think Naisy would have looked twice at it back then.

“With Hearts improving and strengthening, the ground redevelopment as well, all of that makes it an attractive proposition for him. It is a good time for him to go there. Two or three seasons ago, Hearts couldn’t have dreamt of getting players of this stature.”

That much is true. Naismith will join established internationalists like Aaron Hughes, Christophe Berra, Don Cowie and Kyle Lafferty in Craig Levein’s squad. Standards have been steadily rising under owner Ann Budge since Hearts emerged from administration three-and-a-half years ago. Naismith’s arrival will only augment the progress.

“He is the type of person and type of player you would want in your club all day long. He has a fantastic attitude and is a fantastic individual. Steven will be a shining example to all the young players at Hearts,” added McGhee, currently in a technical director role at English League Two club Barnet.

“His preparation and the level of professionalism he brings is just top drawer. These are things the manager and his staff would want to implement. Naisy will bring all of that and he will make their jobs easier. He will be a tremendous signing for Hearts.”

An Irvine lad who came through the Kilmarnock youth academy, Naismith agreed a £1.9 million transfer to his childhood heroes Rangers on August 31, 2007. He was registered by Ibrox officials just 19 seconds before the transfer window closed that year. He then joined Everton when Rangers went into liquidation in 2012.

Norwich paid around £8 million to take him to Norfolk in January 2016. He has struggled with injury this season and is out of favour at Carrow Road under manager Daniel Farke. Kilmarnock were interested in bringing the forward back to Ayrshire, but he has agreed to the Hearts move if both clubs can finalise a deal.

McGhee hopes to see Naismith lead the Tynecastle forward line, firmly believing he is best used as a No.9 despite his versatility.

“Naisy’s best Scotland performance was against Macedonia away,” said McGhee, recalling a World Cup qualifier in Skopje during the first year of Strachan’s tenure.

“He ended up playing up front himself in that game. He was flicking the ball on and then chasing his own flicks to try and get on the end of them. He was just incredible. I’d say that was his best display in a dark blue shirt.

“We were winning 2-1 and needed to see it out. He allowed the rest of the team to defend while he got on with things himself up front. It was a one-man show up there and his performance that night was just outstanding. He never let us down with Scotland.

“I think he’s better up top, playing up against people and putting them under pressure. He runs in behind, he’s good in the air and he can get a goal. He is experienced at a very high level now so he realises when he can drop in. He will do a tremendous job working back for the team defensively. Naisy will set the tone for everyone else.”

Motivation certainly won’t be a problem for a player who, despite the success and fortune achieved in England, will still feel he has plenty to do in football. Adding to his 45 Scotland caps will be high on the priority list. There’s no doubt he will want to play on for some time yet. He’s only 31 and he looks after himself so well. As I said, he is just a great professional.

“He always had a great approach to his international career. If he played, he played. If he didn’t play, his attitude around the place didn’t change. He accepted it and didn’t cause the manager any stress by moping or anything like that. He contributed a lot to our time with Scotland.”

Naismith is now preparing to add his unique industry, craft and goalscoring ability to a Hearts team still with aspirations of reaching the Europa League qualifying rounds this summer. His signing could be a vital shot in the arm in that regard, but first there is a Scottish Cup fourth-round tie to take care of. A debut against Hibs is as intense as it gets for an incoming Hearts player.

“Naisy won’t mind that. I think he’ll thrive on the pressure,” said McGhee.

NAISMITH WILL BE ‘A PEST’

Alan Stubbs believes Steven Naismith will prove to a very good signing for Hearts although he’s surprised the Norwich City star wasn’t snapped up by another English Championship club.

Ex-Hibs boss Stubbs knows Naismith well from his time at Goodison Park and paid the Scotland forward a glowing tribute, saying: “He has great attributes. He’s a great lad, very down to earth, humble. His workrate for the team is very, very good. He obviously knows where the goal is. He’s great in the air. As a defender he is a pest to play against even although he isn’t the biggest. He has great spring, he will rattle you, rile you, get on your nerves. He is a clever player, has a very good understanding of his role. He never stops working.

“I’m a bit surprised, not because it’s Hearts, but that I thought there would be clubs in the Championship who may have been on the table.

“There may be other things around it, maybe Steven wanted to get back to Scotland. That could be a big factor in it, but they have got themselves a very good player.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664455.1516222483!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664455.1516222483!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Steven Naismith has fallen out of favour under the new Norwich City manager but Mark McGhee says he will be a big hit in maroon","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Naismith has fallen out of favour under the new Norwich City manager but Mark McGhee says he will be a big hit in maroon","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664455.1516222483!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664456.1516222487!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664456.1516222487!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Former Scotland assistant coach Mark McGhee","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Former Scotland assistant coach Mark McGhee","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664456.1516222487!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/beefed-up-john-souttar-ready-to-match-hibs-physicality-1-4664433","id":"1.4664433","articleHeadline": "Beefed-up John Souttar ready to match Hibs’ physicality","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516257025000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts defender John Souttar believes his imperious recent form is down to physical prowess after working out in the Riccarton gym. He now feels ready to match Hibs’ physicality on Sunday.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664432.1516220656!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "John Souttar has worked at increasing his strength"} ,"articleBody": "

Souttar admits he struggled to cope after joining Hearts from Dundee United early in 2016. It took him time to adapt and bulk up but he is now in the form of his life entering the Scottish Cup Edinburgh derby.

He and Christophe Berra were two defensive linchpins in Hearts’ pre-winter break success as they went nine games unbeaten and set a new club record of six successive clean sheets. Souttar is enjoying the prosperity two years since arriving at Tynecastle.

“When I made the move to Hearts, I was a bit off it compared to the rest of the team,” he conceded. “I worked as hard as I possibly could on the physical side of my game by doing extra stuff in the gym.

“It was tough being a centre-half at 16, 17, 18 years of age as I was going in against grown men. I learned quickly that ability wasn’t enough. You had to have that physical aspect to your game as well. I am feeling the benefits now.”

The one game Souttar missed in that unbeaten sequence was probably the one he would have liked to have played in most. Suspension precluded him from Celtic’s visit to Tynecastle, meaning he watched the momentous 4-0 win from the stand.

“The boys set a high bar against Celtic but I was sitting in the stands. A lot of the lads have been very quick to remind me of that fact,” he joked. “Luckily enough, we won the next week so it is all good.

“If we can match the Celtic display or produce anything like that against Hibs we will be in with a shout. Interestingly enough, we have not lost at Tynecastle since the new stand has been put in.”

Much is at stake this weekend as Hibs aim for ten derbies without defeat, whilst Hearts try to protect their aforementioned statistics. There is also the small matter of a place in the next round of a national cup competition. The teams met just three weeks ago in the Ladbrokes Premiership when Oli Shaw’s phantom goal was not given and a 0-0 draw ensued.

“It is strange to get them in the Scottish cup again especially so soon after we have played them in the league,” said Souttar. “Of all the teams you could get... It will be a brilliant occasion and everyone is looking forward to it.

“There is a trophy at the end of it all. Derbies are different and it easy to forget that but if we play our game then we have got a good chance. I think we are due them one. Anything can happen in a derby. The last game obviously had that incident [phantom goal] but hopefully we can beat them.

“I have only been involved in three Edinburgh derbies. It is the biggest thing in the city. It is something that we are all looking forward to. When you are playing in them it is different to watching it on the box as the atmosphere is brilliant and the fans get right behind you, especially at Tynecastle.

“Especially with the way we are going just now, with the new stand and the fans packed into the stadium, it is a tough place to come for anyone.”

Excepting the riotous victory over Celtic to end the Glasgow club’s 69-game unbeaten domestic run, Hearts have been more solid than spectacular of late. Manager Craig Levein has prioritised resilient defending, so a narrow victory against Hibs would certainly be welcomed.

“If we beat Hibs 1-0, we will be just as happy as were when we beat Celtic 4-0,” said Souttar. “That just shows you what can happen when Hearts start sharp and the supporters get right behind them.

“Tynecastle is a tough venue to visit and I remember thinking that when I came here as a Dundee United player. The Hearts fans are basically the 12th man and when they get right behind us we can give everybody a game.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664432.1516220656!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664432.1516220656!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "John Souttar has worked at increasing his strength","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "John Souttar has worked at increasing his strength","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664432.1516220656!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/ex-hibs-boss-surprised-by-jason-cummings-move-to-rangers-1-4664408","id":"1.4664408","articleHeadline": "Ex-Hibs boss surprised by Jason Cummings’ move to Rangers","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516257013000 ,"articleLead": "

Alan Stubbs was surprised Jason Cummings decided to join Rangers rather than stay and fight for his place at Nottingham Forest.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664406.1516219104!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Jason Cummings failed to hold down a first-team place at Nottingham Forest"} ,"articleBody": "

The former Hibs striker has agreed a loan deal at Ibrox until the end of the season barely six months after quitting Easter Road for the English Championship outfit.

Signed by former Rangers boss Mark Warburton, the 22-year-old struggled to hold down a first-team place at Forest, making just ten starts and scoring only four goals. Warburton was sacked at the end of December to be replaced by Aitor Karanka but, it seems, Cummings wasn’t willing to hang around to prove himself to the former Middlesbrough coach.

“Am I surprised Rangers have gone in for him?” asked Stubbs. “No, because I know Jason’s representatives are very fond of Rangers, let’s put it that way.

“I can see why it’s happened but I am probably surprised that Jason hasn’t stuck it out more down in England because that seemed to be a big motivation for him going there in the first place. I know he needs to play games, but especially with the new manager coming in, why not stay around and try to impress him?

“Ask any player, if they are doing well, they will ultimately want to be down in England for one of the big teams.”

Having said that, Stubbs insisted returning to Scotland so quickly wasn’t proof of a lack of ambition on the part of Cummings, who was top scorer for Hibs three seasons in a row.

He said: “Jason is am ambitious guy. He’s not left the Championship to go to any club. Rangers are still a massive club. I must admit, I’ve been quite impressed with the signings they have made up till now. I just hope he does well.

“Playing in front of 50,000 at Ibrox won’t faze him. It’s whether he can produce his form and goalscoring attributes the way he did at Hibs.”

• Alan Stubbs was speaking at a William Hill media event. William Hill is the proud sponsor of the Scottish Cup.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664406.1516219104!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664406.1516219104!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Jason Cummings failed to hold down a first-team place at Nottingham Forest","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Jason Cummings failed to hold down a first-team place at Nottingham Forest","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664406.1516219104!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664407.1516219111!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664407.1516219111!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664407.1516219111!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/paulo-sergio-hearts-chiefs-betrayed-me-after-5-1-heroics-1-4664449","id":"1.4664449","articleHeadline": "Paulo Sergio: Hearts chiefs betrayed me after 5-1 heroics","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516257007000 ,"articleLead": "

Paulo Sergio has revealed how he felt “betrayed” by Hearts only months after giving Jam Tarts fans the day of their lives with their epic 5-1 Scottish Cup final drubbing of Hibs.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664448.1516221193!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paulo Sergio was back in Scotland promoting the William Hill Scottish Cup"} ,"articleBody": "

Sergio claimed during that season he was promised a new two or three-year deal, only to find the Tynecastle club wanted to slash his wages.

Adamant the Hampden triumph of 2012 still thrills him to this day and that he still follows Hearts, he said: “The positives always stay stronger in our hearts than the negatives.

“I read a lot in the newspapers and social media about Hearts, I follow the club all the time.

“The cup final win is part of the history, but sometimes a lot of people forget just how tough it was that season with all the difficulties we had in financial terms. For instance, I read people saying that season we only finished fifth in the league but no-one remembers that in December we were third and fighting with Rangers, close to them.

“But then we sold four or five players because we needed the money and afterwards we rebuilt the team with some youngsters coming through and others who hadn’t been playing much until then.

“So in the end we did a fantastic job altogether, finishing with a cup final win.”

At that point, revealed Sergio, he felt his future in Edinburgh was secure. He said: “I did nothing to find another job at that time because I was speaking with the people in the club who had been promising me a renewal of my deal that would allow me to stay for another two or three years. I was very happy about that but in the end, after the cup final, when we all sat around the table they were offering me less than half of what I had been earning before. I almost felt I had been betrayed. I had done nothing to find a new job and we were already at a stage of the year when the best jobs had gone so I could not move on to a better place. I was betrayed by those people.”

• PAULO SERGIO was speaking at a William Hill media event. William Hill is the proud sponsor of the Scottish Cup.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664448.1516221193!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664448.1516221193!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Paulo Sergio was back in Scotland promoting the William Hill Scottish Cup","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paulo Sergio was back in Scotland promoting the William Hill Scottish Cup","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664448.1516221193!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-had-derby-edge-before-hanlon-s-famous-goal-stubbs-1-4664423","id":"1.4664423","articleHeadline": "Hibs had derby edge before Hanlon’s famous goal – Stubbs","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516257003000 ,"articleLead": "

Paul Hanlon’s dramatic last-gasp equaliser at Tynecastle is seen by many Hibs fans as not only the moment when the club’s name was written on the Scottish Cup but the beginning of their recent dominance over their Capital rivals.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664422.1516219933!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paul Hanlon celebrates after scoring his late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup in 2016"} ,"articleBody": "

But, as far as former boss Alan Stubbs is concerned, the tide had begun to turn before then, the Liverpudlian vowing that his first taste of defeat in Gorgie would be his last.

So it has proved with his successor Neil Lennon taking his team across the city for Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash unbeaten in their last nine derbies and seeking to knock the Jambos out of the competition for the third season in succession.

Stubbs admitted that the dramatic fightback two years ago when, with his side trailing 2-0 and with only ten minutes remaining, Jason Cummings and Hanlon struck to force a replay, was probably remembered as the day on which his old club’s recent success had been built.

However, he firmly believes any fear factor which may have been at play as far as Hibs were concerned had already begun to vanish.

He recalled: “Just before that, we felt as if the tide was turning a bit. My first game at Tynecastle we lost 2-1. We’d missed a penalty to go 1-0 but performed well on the day.

“We were conscious of making sure that was the last time we lost there and luckily enough it was the last time we were defeated by them. It’s just carried on from then.

“There was always the mindset that Hearts had the sign over Hibs and the players did not relish the games. Hearts seemed to have a better frame of mind going into the games and that was the one thing we spoke about, we touched on it.

“I don’t think it’s worried Hibs when they’ve gone to Tynecastle, especially over the last few years. You can see the way they approach it now, there’s not a fear, but an excitement.”

Hibs followed up that late escape at Tynie by beating Hearts in the subsequent replay, a feat they repeated the following season when Stubbs – along with rock star Rod Stewart – made the draw which pitched the two Capital clubs together again.

Now they go head-to-head for an astonishing third time, made all the more remarkable that, again, Hearts have had the luck in being the home side.

Stubbs said: “It just seems a little bit like fate that in the last three years they have been drawn together. Last time I got a text from one of the directors when I’d done the draw and we’d paired them.

“He said ‘you might have kept us apart’ and I said ‘it’s maybe got a bit of fate, that the previous time Hibs had gone on and won the cup and would need a replay to follow the same path’.”

Hibs did so, drawing 0-0 in Gorgie before going on to crush Ian Cathro’s side 3-1 on their home turf, the then Championship side’s dream of back-to-back cup wins only ending in a thrilling semi-final against Aberdeen in which they again displayed their never-say-die attitude by coming back from 2-0 down only to lose to a late, deflected shot from Jonny Hayes.

Stubbs was at the latest Edinburgh derby, a drab 0-0 draw in which the only talking point was the Oli Shaw “goal” that didn’t stand and, he admitted, he misses such occasions.

He said: “I think if you have anything about you and are a footballer you will always miss the atmosphere, the build-up. It’s the whole package. It’s something you look forward to, particularly with it being a Scottish Cup tie.

“They are quite unique in atmospheres. Tynecastle is a difficult place to go to but every derby is different although we did quite well in them.”

While Hibs fans are relishing the chance to grab the bragging rights for an even more extended period, Stubbs did have one word of warning.

“You do have times when one team seems to get the results for a number of games,” he said. “At the moment it’s Hibs, before that Hearts. It’s nine unbeaten now so Hibs are having the better part of it, but that can change at any time.”

Many of the players Stubbs brought to Easter Road remain the nucleus of Lennon’s side with midfielder John McGinn, now a regular in the Scotland set-up, an increasingly influential figure, one who appears to rise to big occasions such as derbies. Stubbs said: “It’s great to see, he’s improving because of himself. I had a similar situation with Ross [Barkley] when I was at Everton. People like to take ownership of it and say ‘I worked with Ross’ and ‘I did this’. But, at the end of the day, you’re just there to guide them along. It’s the same when I was the manager and I’m sure it’s the same there with Neil now. A player most often improves because of the individual.

“You can say little things to him which help him, you can work with him and do little things. But, ultimately, it’s the player that has to take them on board to improve. John is certainly improving all the time. He still has room for improvement and that will happen, at Hibs or when he eventually moves on to whichever team it is going to be.”

Another Stubbs will be looking to for a big performance is Anthony Stokes, revealing he had the same problems with the maverick striker as Lennon had last week in the Algarve.

He said: “It comes as part of the package. I knew what I was getting with Anthony, Lenny knew what he was getting because he managed him before at Celtic.

“We all hope that one day we can change people. We may smooth a few rough edges off, but in terms of turning them into a diamond that’s very rarely going to happen. It’s Stokesy, it’s unfortunate. I’m sure Lenny won’t be happy with it but as far as I am aware it’s been dealt with. I had something similar when we were away at one point. It was virtually me going into the place and dragging him out. We’ve all been there.

“But he always produces on the park because he’s got that much ability and quality. He’s able to put differences behind him and issues in his private life and move on. He has an ability to put it to one side and match day seemed to be his release. It takes a strong character to do that.”

• Alan Stubbs was speaking at a William Hill media event. William Hill is the proud sponsor of the Scottish Cup.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664422.1516219933!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664422.1516219933!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Paul Hanlon celebrates after scoring his late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup in 2016","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paul Hanlon celebrates after scoring his late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup in 2016","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664422.1516219933!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/scotland-striker-steven-naismith-agrees-to-join-hearts-1-4663485","id":"1.4663485","articleHeadline": "Scotland striker Steven Naismith agrees to join Hearts","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516227294000 ,"articleLead": "

Scotland striker Steven Naismith has agreed to join Hearts on loan until the end of the season.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663484.1516181157!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Scotland striker Steven Naismith is on his way to Hearts"} ,"articleBody": "


The Edinburgh club plan to have the 31-year-old signed in time to make his debut in Sunday's Scottish Cup tie against Hibs. They are currently finalising details with his club Norwich City, but all parties are willing for the deal to happen.

Naismith has agreed to the move after falling out of favour at Norwich and, barring any unexpected hitches, he should put pen to paper by the weekend.

He has not played competitively since August but is now preparing to be pitched into an Edinburgh derby. Rangers and Kilmarnock were linked with the forward, however his next destination looks to be Tynecastle.

With 45 Scotland caps, he is keen to continue his international career and will hope that joining Hearts can keep him in the national squad.

" ,"byline": {"email": "barry.anderson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Barry Anderson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663484.1516181157!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663484.1516181157!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Scotland striker Steven Naismith is on his way to Hearts","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Scotland striker Steven Naismith is on his way to Hearts","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663484.1516181157!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/hearts-and-hibs-fans-to-unite-for-shaun-woodburn-campaign-1-4664403","id":"1.4664403","articleHeadline": "Hearts and Hibs fans to unite for Shaun Woodburn campaign","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516220836000 ,"articleLead": "

A minute’s applause is to take place during Sunday’s Edinburgh derby in support of the campaign for justice by tragic Shaun Woodburn’s family.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664402.1516219575!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Shaun Woodburn"} ,"articleBody": "

Dad-of-one Shaun, 30, was killed by a single punch from the then 16-year-old schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on New Year’s Day in Leith last year.

The teenage killer was jailed for just four years in November - leading to a widespread public outcry.

Lifelong Hearts fan Neil Reid, 47, is urging both sets of fans to put their rivalry aside during the 30th minute of the Scottish Cup clash at Tynecastle.

Neil said: “We want to get as many Hearts and Hibs fans coming together to show our support for Shaun and his family. It is a derby, but this is something we come together for.”

The bus driver has contacted both clubs and sets of supporters’ clubs in order to spread the word and he says the reaction so far has been positive.

He said: “The appeal has been very well received.

“We need solidity against this sentence. It could have been anyone that night.

“The justice system has let Shaun and his family down and we need to show our support for his family.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664402.1516219575!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664402.1516219575!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Shaun Woodburn","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Shaun Woodburn","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664402.1516219575!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/liam-henderson-leaves-celtic-to-sign-for-italian-side-bari-1-4664290","id":"1.4664290","articleHeadline": "Liam Henderson leaves Celtic to sign for Italian side Bari","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516211957000 ,"articleLead": "

Liam Henderson has left Celtic to sign for Italian Serie B side Bari.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664289.1516211954!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Liam Henderson has left Celtic to sign for Bari. Picture: SNS"} ,"articleBody": "

READ MORE - Celtic new boy Marvin Compper out for a month through injury

The 21-year-old has made just one appearance for the Hoops this season and has decided to move on in the hope of finding regular first-team football.

Though initially expected to be a loan deal, with his contract due to expire in the summer, Celtic have announced that the player has left on a permanent deal. The length of contract is not yet known.

During the summer, Hibs were linked with a move to bring the midfielder back to Easter Road for a second time - following his successful 2015/16 loan spell where he helped the club win the Scottish Cup - but didn’t rekindle their interest in the January window.

It represents Henderson’s second football adventure away from Scotland having helped Rosenborg win the Norwegian title in 2015.

An article on the Celtic website read: “Everyone at Celtic wishes him every success with Bari while also thanking him for his contribution to the club over the past few years.”

READ MORE - Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic are still looking for transfer targets

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CRAIG FOWLER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664289.1516211954!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664289.1516211954!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Liam Henderson has left Celtic to sign for Bari. Picture: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Liam Henderson has left Celtic to sign for Bari. Picture: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664289.1516211954!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/hearts-fans-moved-to-accommodate-tv-studio-at-hibs-cup-clash-1-4664098","id":"1.4664098","articleHeadline": "Hearts fans moved to accommodate TV studio at Hibs cup clash","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516204146000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts are moving around 30 of their fans from Tynecastle Park’s new main stand to accommodate the Sky Sports studio when they face Hibs in the William Hill Scottish Cup on Sunday.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664097.1516204144!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Around 30 Hearts fans will have their seats upgraded for Sunday's clash"} ,"articleBody": "

The supporters will be upgraded from their seats in Section N to a more expensive area of the stand without extra charge and all concerned have been notified.

Sky’s studio was located in the Roseburn Stand amongst Hibs fans when the Edinburgh clubs met in the league last month. That meant some followers of the Easter Road club had to make do with a restricted view of the goalless draw.

However, Scottish Cup rules state that the home club must allocate 20 per cent of their ground for away support. That means the television unit must go elsewhere this time.

Hibs fans will fill the Roseburn Stand having sold out their ticket allocation in 35 minutes.

Click here for the latest Hearts results, fixtures and stats>>>

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4664097.1516204144!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4664097.1516204144!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Around 30 Hearts fans will have their seats upgraded for Sunday's clash","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Around 30 Hearts fans will have their seats upgraded for Sunday's clash","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4664097.1516204144!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/st-johnstone-keen-on-loan-deal-for-hibs-danny-swanson-1-4663516","id":"1.4663516","articleHeadline": "St Johnstone keen on loan deal for Hibs’ Danny Swanson","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516181824000 ,"articleLead": "

St Johnstone are interested in taking Hibs midfielder Danny Swanson on loan.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663515.1516181821!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Danny Swanson has only made ten appearances for Hibs this season. Pic: SNS"} ,"articleBody": "

The McDiarmid Park side are keen to bring Swanson back to Perth for a third time, according to reports.

The 31-year-old left the Saints in the summer to join his boyhood club Hibs on a free transfer, but a series of injuries and personal issues have put the brakes on his Easter Road career.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright wants to bolster his squad in this transfer window and knows the former Dundee United player well. Swanson was their top scorer last season and Wright wants to fill the void left by Michael O’Halloran’s return to Rangers.

Swanson has only made ten appearances under Neil Lennon and was also part of the trio that broke a curfew last week at Hibs’ winter training camp in the Algarve.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "PETER WALES"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663515.1516181821!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663515.1516181821!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Danny Swanson has only made ten appearances for Hibs this season. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Danny Swanson has only made ten appearances for Hibs this season. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663515.1516181821!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-learn-extent-of-captain-david-gray-s-achilles-injury-1-4663066","id":"1.4663066","articleHeadline": "Hibs learn extent of captain David Gray’s Achilles injury","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516176323000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs have learned that David Gray is likely to be out for between two and three months with the Achilles injury he sustained in Friday’s friendly against Willem II in the Algarve.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663442.1516176321!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hibs captain David Gray faces up to three months on the sidelines. Picture: Scott Louden"} ,"articleBody": "

Easter Road head coach Neil Lennon initially feared his captain may not play again this season but there is a chance he may be able to avoid undergoing surgery and return in the spring. With Steven Whittaker struggling with an ongoing pelvic problem, Lennon currently has no senior right-back to call on. It remains to be seen if any other new faces will be recruited before Sunday’s Scottish Cup fourth-round trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts, whose only January signing so far is on-loan Manchester United left-back Demetri Mitchell.

“Both sides are trying to recruit and add to their squads at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how both sides line up for the game,” said Lennon, who is relishing the prospect of a derby match to resume the campaign after a three-week winter break. “We’ve had the winter break and I think everyone is itching to get back to the football and there is no better game than Hearts in the Edinburgh derby.

“I think it will be tense. We played them just before the break and there was nothing in the game really – apart from a goal we scored that was disallowed!

“Psychologically, I think our players are very strong and they enjoy these games.

“We are in this cycle where we are unbeaten in nine games and obviously it’s up to the players to keep that run going, whether it be in the league or in the cup.

“It means so much to both sets of fans and every derby is different. The last one is forgotten about and we go on to this one, the atmosphere will be fantastic.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663442.1516176321!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663442.1516176321!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hibs captain David Gray faces up to three months on the sidelines. Picture: Scott Louden","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hibs captain David Gray faces up to three months on the sidelines. Picture: Scott Louden","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663442.1516176321!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/youths-penicuik-13s-keep-cool-as-currie-turn-up-the-heat-1-4662794","id":"1.4662794","articleHeadline": "Youths: Penicuik 13s keep cool as Currie turn up the heat","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516170652000 ,"articleLead": "

Penicuik Athletic 13s survived a second-half revival from Currie Star Colts to win 5-3 and make it to the Belmont Vauxhall Cup Final.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662793.1516111463!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Penicuik Athletic 13s"} ,"articleBody": "

The Midlothian team had raced into a three-goal lead in the first half but were pegged back to 3-2 early in the second before securing the win late on.

The home side opened the scoring after four minutes. Ben McManus raced through but saw the forward saw his effort blocked by Aidan Fergus-Allan, only four Jackson Marrins to follow up and score.

McManus was looking sharp but the Star defence stood firm against his constant menace to keep him at arms-length.

However, there was nothing they could do on the 20-minute mark when Marrins’ cross found McManus, who produced an exquisite volley to make it 2-0.

Zack Beardsley registered three shots on goal for the visitors, one of which came after a good passing move, but they couldn’t unduly trouble the Penicuik goalkeeper Ben McIntosh. Four minutes from half-time, Athletic were awarded a penalty for handball, and McManus scored his second with aplomb.

Currie came out fighting in the second period and scored two quick goals to make it game on.

Henry Reynolds scored at the second attempt after being played in by Cormac O’Brein and, four minutes later, Beardsley forced the ball home after more productive work from O’Brein.

Penicuik responded and pushed forward again to try and regain breathing space.

Marrins looked set to score before Fergus-Allan threw himself to his left to save, and the same player fired another chance over.

Fergus-Allan produced an even better save when Rory Scott’s header was heading for the net.

But he was beaten twice in the closing stages. Marrins drilled one in following a corner and Adam Wilson forced in from McManus’ cross.

O’Brein had the last say with a low, driven shot across goal although the strike came too late for his side to force extra time.

• Haddington 14s make Pilmar Smith final

There was joy for Haddington Athletic 14s as they defeated Longniddry Villa Colts 3-1 to reach the Pilmar Smith Cup final.

Jack McKinnel, Ross Cadzow and Cameron Pirie put Haddington into a three-goal lead at half-time and goalkeeper Nathan Ferguson made a series of excellent saves to keep them in front. Aaron Cochrane did manage one for Colts but Ferguson remained in top form.

A quick start helped Tranent Juniors 19s win 2-1 away at Musselburgh Windsor as they continue their title bid. Kyle McFadden set up Ryan McMurdo for the opener before Ben Bathgate converted a one-on-on to give them a 2-0 lead. Jack Morgan pulled one back for Windsor just before half-time before a goalless second period ensured Tranent’s 100 per cent league record remains intact.

• Newtongrange Star 21s shining at the top

Newtongrange Star Academy 21s are joint top of the table after recording a 4-2 win away at Leith Athletic. They were on their way after a minute thanks to Connor Dyet, who later completed his brace. The other goals came from the head of Sean Devine and Connor Burke.

A nine-goal thriller between Edinburgh South and Currie Star Colts 17s ended with South edging it by the odd goal to move to within two points of their opponents in Division Two. Alistair McWhirter grabbed a double alongside strikes from Harry Churchmichael, Lewis Henderson and Ryan O’Donnell.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BLAIR MEIKLE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4662793.1516111463!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662793.1516111463!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Penicuik Athletic 13s","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Penicuik Athletic 13s","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4662793.1516111463!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/how-three-world-disasters-shaped-hearts-assistant-austin-macphee-1-4663085","id":"1.4663085","articleHeadline": "How three world disasters shaped Hearts assistant Austin MacPhee","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516170643000 ,"articleLead": "

Losing to Hibs on Sunday would be a disaster for Hearts fans. Likewise for Austin MacPhee, although Craig Levein’s assistant coach can also claim a much deeper understanding of the word.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663083.1516125898!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Austin MacPhee"} ,"articleBody": "

MacPhee had the misfortune to find himself in New York on September 11, 2001 – the day of the Twin Towers terrorist atrocity. He was then in Thailand on Boxing Day 2004 when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck, killing more than 250,000 people across 14 different countries. He even gave blood to help the injured. In a frightening trio of coincidences, MacPhee also happened to be living in Japan in 2005 during the Fukuoka earthquake.

Thankfully, he was not directly caught up in the above tragedies. The trauma remains in his mind but he is now focused on helping Hearts survive in the Scottish Cup this weekend. Whatever occurs at Tynecastle Park in Sunday’s Scottish Cup fourth round tie won’t shock him. Not much can rock you when you’ve been as close as he has to the ruthlessness of terrorism and Mother Nature.

“It gives you a different perspective, certainly. These are moments in time for the world, aren’t they? It was just coincidence I was there,” he told the Evening News. “I wasn’t caught up in any of the events personally. I only got involved after the tsunami in Thailand.

“One of the beaches hit badly was owned by a Swedish travel company. It was the biggest ever single loss of Swedish life because they have never been involved in a war. Folk with blonde hair and blue eyes normally have the same blood type but they ran out of blood to do all the amputations.

“All foreigners with a pale complexion were asked to give blood, so that was one thing I did to try and help out. They were airlifting people from the beaches to Bangkok. Different centres were set up for giving blood because Thai people have a different blood type.”

The 38-year-old from Kirkcaldy lived in America for four years, Romania for a year and Japan for four years. The experiences shaped his life before he went on to achieve prominent coaching positions at Tynecastle and with the Northern Ireland national team.

“When I was playing with Forfar I was asked to go to America on a scholarship,” he recalled. “I was in my second year of the scholarship in North Carolina and my brother was over visiting. We decided to drive up to New York and that was when the Twin Towers were hit. The earthquake was when I was living in Japan, and I’d gone to Thailand for New Year when the tsunami happened.”

He has heard all the jokes about being a jinx but, after a five-day trip to Spain with Hearts, he is focused on his club breaking a recent curse against Hibs. Winning the cup tie would be a first in ten attempts against their Edinburgh rivals.

“It’s not just that. We’re aware of the importance of this game in the context of the whole season,” said MacPhee. “We are hoping to push for European football. Right now, Hibs, Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen are above us in the league. The significance of winning this game is important because the supporters certainly know we haven’t had the best results against Hibs in recent games.

“Defensively, we are a lot more robust now. We were a bit more expansive before. There is a confidence from getting six clean sheets in a row. The confidence of being at home gives us an extra impetus to go and win the game. The story played itself out last year where we drew 0-0 in the cup and then lost the replay 3-1. The focus on winning that first game might make us more offensive. We are excited about the game and we will be positive.”

The winter training camp on the Costa Blanca offered some alternative preparation. It also gave MacPhee more time with coaching colleagues Jon Daly and Liam Fox, who are learning under Levein’s tutelage like him.

“I’ve worked with Danny Lennon, Michael O’Neill, Ian Cathro, Jon Daly for a month, and Craig. They all have different ways of doing things,” said MacPhee. “As an assistant, although you might have your own ideas, you’re a sounding board for the manager. You can debate with them.

“I just want Hearts to be as successful as they can. Consistent European football, winning trophies and competing towards the top end of the league is what we want. One of the most exciting things about the club is what we saw in Spain.

“We played Vitesse Arnhem, who have been in the Europa League group stages. We finished the game with eight academy players on the pitch. Then we played Nurnberg who are pushing for promotion to the Bundesliga and are signing players for millions of pounds. We finished that game with seven academy players on the pitch.

“I think that’s exciting. The quality at the academy, in time, should help Hearts overperform.”

Before the Spanish sojourn, MacPhee’s quest for knowledge took him to China with his friend and Northern Ireland manager, O’Neill. There was chat about the Scottish Football Association pursuing O’Neill as the new Scotland manager, but MacPhee was reluctant to divulge details.

“We went to visit Shanghai Shenhua and looked at the infrastructure of Chinese football, which is remarkable considering they’ve got 1billion people over there,” he said.

“We spoke a lot – about Michael’s career, my career, we spoke about a lot of things. Does Chinese beer taste good? What time do your kids get up in the morning? Of course, we talked football as well.

“With international football, it’s hard to just stay in Edinburgh.

“My only time in the entire calendar year when I had a window of opportunity to go somewhere was the beginning of January.

“We were invited across to China, which is different. I like things that are different. I was interested and inquisitive about what they are doing there.

“The Chinese president says they want to try and win the World Cup by 2050. They have the biggest football academy in the world there with 3000 players in the same place, and Shanghai is a nice city.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663083.1516125898!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663083.1516125898!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Austin MacPhee","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Austin MacPhee","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663083.1516125898!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663084.1516125902!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663084.1516125902!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts manager Craig Levein with assistant MacPhee","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts manager Craig Levein with assistant MacPhee","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663084.1516125902!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-going-for-ten-in-a-row-and-rare-tynecastle-win-1-4663016","id":"1.4663016","articleHeadline": "Hibs going for ten in a row and rare Tynecastle win","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516170610000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs will take the short journey across Edinburgh on Sunday intent on recording a first away win over Hearts in almost five years while simultaneously making it ten games in a row unbeaten against their city rivals.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663014.1516123027!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ross Caldwell scores the winning goal for Hibs at Tynecastle in May 2013. Pic: Ian Rutherford"} ,"articleBody": "

Since suffering a 2-1 defeat at Tynecastle on the second weekend of their first season in the Championship in August 2014, the Easter Road side have won four and drawn five of the intervening nine Capital derbies. For Hibs, all this impressive unblemished record is missing is a win over their rivals at Tynecastle – a feat not achieved since Leigh Griffiths and Ross Caldwell scored in a 2-1 victory in May 2013.

The last four derbies in Gorgie have all ended in stalemate, although Hibs were left aggrieved at the failure of the officials to award a goal when Oli Shaw’s effort clearly crossed the line in the goalless Premiership showdown between the sides three weeks ago. Another tight encounter is widely forecast as Hearts and Hibs reconvene in the Scottish Cup for the third year in succession on Sunday.

“Ten in a row unbeaten would be a good run against any team but especially against your main rivals,” said former Hibs captain Ian Murray. “A few of those came when Hibs were in a lower division than Hearts as well, which is unusual. The last few games at Tynecastle have been draws whereas Hibs have made the home advantage count. I don’t think Hibs will be too upset if they get another replay on Sunday. Ultimately they want to get through to the next round of the cup, and they won’t care how they do it, but they’ll definitely think they can win at Tynecastle. They will go there full of confidence because they had a decent result there last time and were slightly the better team. They go there with no fear which is the biggest thing.”

Murray believes Hibs – five points above Hearts in the Premiership – boast slightly the better team, but, having been part of plenty decent sides who have been unable to conquer Tynecastle in the past, he acknowledges their perceived superiority counts as no guarantee that they will make it to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

“You can go there full of all the confidence in the world, but you still have to turn up on the day,” said Murray. “I would think it will be a tight game again. Derbies are usually on a knife-edge and can go either way and this one certainly looks like it’ll be pretty evenly matched. At the moment, Hibs have probably got the better footballers. They’ve also got a good bit of dig about them. The manager has been good for the players in that regard. A bit like Craig Levein actually, Neil Lennon has a way of getting the players really working hard for him. Both teams are left in no doubt about what is demanded from their managers, which is a really important thing. I think Hibs shade it quality-wise at the moment but it’s not always the best team that wins a derby.”

As a boyhood Hibs fan who first got into football when Hearts were building a remarkable 22-game unbeaten run against Hibs, Murray is pleased to see the balance of power currently resting on the east side of the city. “When I was growing up, Hearts had by far the upper hand over Hibs,” he said. “There was maybe a wee spell in the mid-90s when Hibs won a couple but over the piece Hearts certainly had the upper hand. This is a good period for Hibs fans in terms of the derbies and they have to enjoy because it will turn again at some point, and then it will turn back towards Hibs at some point. You’ve just got to enjoy these runs while they’re in your favour.”

As a Hibs player, Murray enjoyed mixed fortunes in the derby. He particularly enjoyed facing Hearts in the early part of his career under Alex McLeish around the turn of the millennium, and also during Tony Mowbray’s reign in the mid-Noughties. “When we had the likes of Franck Sauzee, Russell Latapy, John O’Neil, Stuart Lovell, Mathias Jack, and all these boys, we went into every derby expecting to win,” he recalls. “Both Hearts and Hibs were far better back then than they are now but we certainly felt we had the far superior team. It didn’t always pan out that way though. The history books show a mixed bag of results for both sides around that time.”

Over the past couple of decades, Hibs have generally held their own in the fixture at Easter Road but struggled at Tynecastle. They have defeated Hearts on their own patch only five times in 39 visits since Gordon Hunter ended that famous 22-game unbeaten run over 23 years ago. Murray was part of two of those wins - the 1-0 triumph in 2009 when Derek Riordan’s penalty won it for an under-strength Hibs side and the 2-1 triumph in April 2005 when Garry O’Connor and Dean Shiels struck for Mowbray’s team. In addition to the most recent win in 2013, Hibs’ only other victories in Gorgie over the last two decades were the 3-0 success in December 1999 (better know as the Millennium derby) and the 1-0 victory secured by Brian Kerr in August 2007.

“It’s good to win any derby but, growing up, you dream of playing for the club you support and playing against your local rivals,” said Murray. “To go there and win is a great feeling, so you have to savour those moments when they come along. We had some really good performances at Tynecastle. You always have to play well if you’re going to win there. The game when Deek scored was totally opposite to the one this weekend because we were struggling for players and were totally written off. We didn’t have a big support at Tynecastle that night but that’s what Hibs have to be wary of on Sunday – the stronger team, or the dominant team, doesn’t always win the game. We got a double whammy that night with (Christos) Karipidis getting sent off in the incident for the penalty but we still had to defend for our lives in the last ten minutes.

“In the 2-1 game where Gaz and Dean scored, I was fortunate not to be sent off. I’d already been on a yellow and then I had a late tackle. It wasn’t that bad but it looked bad so Tony Mowbray took me off straight after, which was good management from him. We lost a shocking goal when Simon Brown misjudged a header from Lee Miller, but we had quite a young team and we didn’t let it effect us too much. We always felt we could beat anyone but to come back from a goal down and win at Tynecastle was a great feeling and a great achievement for us.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663014.1516123027!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663014.1516123027!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ross Caldwell scores the winning goal for Hibs at Tynecastle in May 2013. Pic: Ian Rutherford","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ross Caldwell scores the winning goal for Hibs at Tynecastle in May 2013. Pic: Ian Rutherford","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663014.1516123027!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663015.1516123030!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663015.1516123030!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Derek Riordan converts his penalty to clinch victory for Hibs at Tynecastle in May 2009","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Derek Riordan converts his penalty to clinch victory for Hibs at Tynecastle in May 2009","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663015.1516123030!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/striker-kyle-lafferty-suspended-for-hearts-next-three-games-1-4663080","id":"1.4663080","articleHeadline": "Striker Kyle Lafferty suspended for Hearts’ next three games","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516170605000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty is suspended for the next three games after his red card at Pittodrie last month, the Evening News can reveal.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663079.1516125357!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kyle Lafferty wont be available for Hearts until the trip to Celtic Park on January 30"} ,"articleBody": "

The Scottish Football Association have confirmed that the Northern Irishman will miss Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie with Hibs plus the following two Premiership games against Hamilton and Motherwell. Lafferty was issued a two-game ban for a straight red card when he fouled Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie on December 30. He appealed but an independent panel rejected the case and the dismissal, plus suspension, were upheld.

That would have ruled him out of the Hibs and Hamilton fixtures, but he was already due to serve a suspension against Accies after accumulating six league bookings.

SFA rules state that bans cannot run concurrently, so the one-game ban for six cautions gets pushed back to the Motherwell match.

As a result, Hearts manager Craig Levein will be unable to call upon his top goalscorer until the visit to Celtic Park at the end of the month. Lafferty will be without a competitive outing in four weeks by that point. Levein is working to sign a new striker in time for Sunday’s Scottish Cup meeting with Hibs to reinforce his attack. If those attempts fail, he will choose between Esmael Goncalves and Cole Stockton to lead the forward line.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4663079.1516125357!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4663079.1516125357!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Kyle Lafferty wont be available for Hearts until the trip to Celtic Park on January 30","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kyle Lafferty wont be available for Hearts until the trip to Celtic Park on January 30","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4663079.1516125357!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/hearts-coach-jon-daly-still-keen-for-managerial-role-1-4662850","id":"1.4662850","articleHeadline": "Hearts coach Jon Daly still keen for managerial role","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516170602000 ,"articleLead": "

Jon Daly insists his management career is very much a marathon rather than a sprint. After five games in interim charge of Hearts, the 35-year-old Dubliner remains eager to become his own man one day. For now, he is content as part of Craig Levein’s Riccarton backroom team.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662849.1516113269!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Jon Daly enjoyed his stint as Hearts caretaker boss earlier this season. Pic: SNS"} ,"articleBody": "

Levein’s first act after retaking the Hearts manager’s chair last August was to promote Daly from youth coach to first-team coach after watching his four-game stewardship of the side. One previous match in charge in December 2016 means Daly has been in the hotseat five times, although he is no immediate rush to increase that number.

Long-term, he definitely fancies a crack at being a manager. He likes devising training programmes, picking teams, dealing with the press and would like to sign his own players to shape his side. All of it will doubtless come in good time.

Daly is enjoying his new role, learning under an experienced manager and preparing for the day he steps from the back of the technical area to the front. That may well be at Tynecastle in the future, for he is highly regarded by Levein and the club hierarchy.

“You’d need to speak to the powers that be as it’s not my decision. I enjoyed the games I had last year and this year,” he said. “It’s given me the taste for management, whether it’s in two, three or four years’ time. I see it as a long career so there’s no rush to jump into the hotseat.

“If you jump in too early, you can be out again for a long time. I’m happy learning and taking things on board. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity somewhere down the line.

“I’m delighted with my own situation. I work closely with the manager, Liam Fox and Austin MacPhee. It’s an opportunity for me to continue working with first-team players. When I retired from playing, that’s what I wanted to do – work at first-team level. This gives me that platform to get that experience. This is a fantastic club to do that.”

Perhaps Daly’s caution stems from watching Ian Cathro’s travails at close quarters. The Irishman’s two caretaker spells bookended the Dundonian’s eight months in charge of Hearts. Cathro accepted the head coach’s job aged 30 but now finds himself unemployed.

Daly hasn’t yet thought about branching out. “If something had popped up, it’s a hypothetical question. You don’t know. I’m in no rush. I’m 35 and it’s a long career in football. There are managers in their 70s.

“Management is a longer career than playing so I’m in no rush to jump into just any job. I’m at a very club that looks to develop young coaches. I’m in no rush to look anywhere else.”

Most responsibilities involved in management already come naturally to him, as he demonstrated whilst deputising as head coach. Even sleepless nights were welcomed. “I enjoy dealing with the players, the press, everything. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t thrive on it,” he explained.

“I really enjoyed the whole experience although it was only four weeks. It was four weeks where you don’t switch off and you don’t really sleep. You think about all the permutations that could happen for a Saturday. That’s what I want to do so that’s what I’ll have to deal with as I go on. There wasn’t a lot of pressure on me. We weren’t in a great place back then but it was enjoyable.”

After overseeing a win, a draw and two defeats, Daly made way for Levein’s managerial return at the end of August. “I’ve known him a long time. He took me to Dundee United as a player and I had a lot of respect for him as my manager up there. That’s continued here.

“Me, Andy Kirk, Liam Fox and all the boys below that are in a good place where we can learn and see how a very good manager works. You can pick things up from him and see where it takes us.”

If you want to pick up passion and fire in the belly, Daly believes Levein is the ideal example. “We have seen it. It’s going to take him time but you see he has a passion for football. Go to Oriam on a Saturday or Sunday morning and he’s there watching under-11s and under-12s to see the kids coming through. He has the club’s best interests at heart and you see how much it means to him.

“On the sidelines, he’s starting to get a bit more animated – back to the scary Craig Levein we all know and love,” smiled Daly. “It’s easy to see he does care. It rubs off on everyone and makes the players ensure they do their jobs.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4662849.1516113269!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662849.1516113269!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Jon Daly enjoyed his stint as Hearts caretaker boss earlier this season. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Jon Daly enjoyed his stint as Hearts caretaker boss earlier this season. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4662849.1516113269!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-boss-neil-lennon-hoping-to-strengthen-his-attack-1-4662706","id":"1.4662706","articleHeadline": "Hibs boss Neil Lennon hoping to strengthen his attack","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516106090000 ,"articleLead": "

Neil Lennon is hopeful of bringing more new faces to Hibs in the current transfer window, with the emphasis on strengthening his attack.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662705.1516106088!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Neil Lennon is looking for 'forward-thinking players'."} ,"articleBody": "

The Easter Road club have already added goalkeeper Scott Bain and striker Jamie Maclaren this month, and the manager is keen to bolster his squad further.

However, he explained that any new arrivals may require players to depart first, with out-of-favour striker Deivydas Matulevicius already having been told he is free to leave if he can find himself a new club.

“We are looking for forward-thinking players, although we may have to trim the squad first before we can bring anybody else in,” Lennon told Sky Sports today.

“It’s a question of ‘wait and see’ but we have already lined up some options in a number of positions.

“At this stage of the season, we are looking to strengthen but I am very happy with the core of the squad.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4662705.1516106088!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662705.1516106088!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Neil Lennon is looking for 'forward-thinking players'.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Neil Lennon is looking for 'forward-thinking players'.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4662705.1516106088!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/football-coaches-demand-action-to-protect-players-from-dangerous-yobs-1-4662263","id":"1.4662263","articleHeadline": "Football coaches demand action to protect players from ‘dangerous’ yobs","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516086000000 ,"articleLead": "

FOOTBALL coaches have called for immediate protection from “dangerous” yobs on motorbikes who are tearing through a park in Niddrie at speeds of up to 70mph.

","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662262.1516052588!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Edina Hibs coach Brian Gunn at the Jack Kane Centre pitches"} ,"articleBody": "

Local side Edina Hibs said training pitches at the Jack Kane centre had been targetted by off-road bikers since they moved to the sports venue in April.

The club has warned that the out-of-control bikers are putting the lives of children who train there at risk.

They say motorbike yobs are regularly seen during training sessions and matches and have called for increased safety measures to protect the young footballers.

“Do we have to wait until a child dies before action is taken?” said club treasurer and coach Brian Gunn. “Serious concerns were raised as soon as we started training at the Jack Kane Centre.

“The bikers can reach speeds of up to 70mph. They do wheelies and doughnut manoeuvres and ride up close to the kids. They have no perception of risk, they think it is funny.

“We tried to speak to them but they just won’t listen.”

Following a risk analysis Mr Gunn, who is a chartered health and safety adviser, said the fencing around the pitches would help eliminate the majority of the risk.

“My five-year-old son has had two near misses with the bikers and it is completely unacceptable. We need to address this problem and I have asked for fencing to be installed but it seems to be bogged down in bureaucracy.

“Surely fencing is a small price to pay. It’s going to take a child to be seriously hurt or a fatality before something is done. We feel we’re not getting anywhere.”

The council plans to install new 3G pitches in the future and said they will consider securing these new pitches with fencing.

Cllr Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener, said: “The damage to the pitches is of course disappointing and dangerous, and we understand the events over the weekend will be of great concern to the local club and the community.

“This type of antisocial behaviour is a real problem in some parts of Edinburgh, and, as we have seen recently, it can have dangerous consequences.

“Tackling this issue is a priority for the council and through our antisocial 
behaviour strategy, each locality has a Community Improvement Partnership in place where issues relating to anti-social behaviour and community safety are discussed. We will continue to work closely with Police Scotland on all anti-social behaviour issues in Craigmillar and across the city.”

Edinburgh Leisure staff who work at the Jack Kane Centre have also been exposed to violence from the bike gangs.

An Edinburgh Leisure spokesperson said: “What is hugely frustrating is that actions of a small minority of the community has such a negative impact on everyone else, making playing fields unplayable and causing potential danger to other people’s lives.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4662262.1516052588!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4662262.1516052588!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Edina Hibs coach Brian Gunn at the Jack Kane Centre pitches","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Edina Hibs coach Brian Gunn at the Jack Kane Centre pitches","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4662262.1516052588!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} ]}}} ]}