{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hearts","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/surgery-fear-for-john-souttar-as-hearts-defender-forced-out-of-scotland-squad-1-4742570","id":"1.4742570","articleHeadline": "Surgery fear for John Souttar as Hearts defender forced out of Scotland squad","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1526911066525 ,"articleLead": "Hearts manager Craig Levein fears John Souttar may need hip surgery after being forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4742569.1526912029!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Injury has forced Hearts defender John Souttar out of the Scotland squad"} ,"articleBody": "


The defender is struggling with an injury affecting his hip and hamstring which has denied him a first senior international cap.

He was named in national coach Alex McLeish's squad for forthcoming friendlies away to Peru and Mexico but has now withdrawn. Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has also pulled out due to a hamstring complaint with McLeish and his players meeting up in London on Wednesday.

Souttar sat out Hearts' final two league matches of the season with the problem but was desperate to travel across the Atlantic in the hope of making his Scotland debut.

Levein admitted the injury is worse than first thought and explained his concern that an operation may be needed to cure it.

"We've had a scare with John because this injury is a little worse than we feared. I'm hoping it settles down and doesn't require any surgery," Levein explained to the Evening News.

"It was a really weird injury he got against Celtic. He was clearing the ball across his body and someone came in and caught him on the hip join. It was a right clatter. I'm still not 100 per cent sure whether it's just muscular or if there's some damage to the cartilage in the hip. That would a bigger problem for us.

"If it's just muscular and it clears up quickly, then we're fine. If it's worse than that then it would have longer-term implications."

" ,"byline": {"email": "barry.anderson@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Barry Anderson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4742569.1526912029!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4742569.1526912029!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Injury has forced Hearts defender John Souttar out of the Scotland squad","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Injury has forced Hearts defender John Souttar out of the Scotland squad","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4742569.1526912029!/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-keen-to-sign-adelaide-left-back-ben-garuccio-1-4742378","id":"1.4742378","articleHeadline": "Hearts keen to sign Adelaide left-back Ben Garuccio","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1526893873820 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts hope to sign the Adelaide United left-back Ben Garuccio on a pre-contract agreement.

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The 22-year-old is out of contract in Australia and keen to move to Europe to further his career. He holds both Australian and Italian nationality and would provide a permanent solution to Hearts' left-back problem.

The Edinburgh club had Demetri Mitchell on loan from Manchester United this season and would like him back for another year if possible. However, United officials have told Hearts manager Craig Levein that Mitchell is needed for pre-season tour duty, therefore any loan decision would not be made until late summer.

Levein cannot afford to leave such a key area of his team hanging in the balance and is ready to make a formal contract offer to Garuccio. The full-back has represented Australia at under-20 and under-23 level.

He was born in Adelaide and played youth football at the Australian Institute of Sport before joining Melbourne Heart. He switched to Adelaide United in 2016 on a two-year contract.

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Craig Levein admits Hearts will be financially restricted for another year while they pay off the new £15million main stand at Tynecastle Park.

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The manager expects funds to improve thereafter, helping him target higher calibre players.

Hearts still have around £1.5m to pay towards the total cost of the main stand project and will stagger it over the next 12 months. The redevelopment includes new hospitality areas, a club shop and a new home for Tynecastle Nursery School.

Levein is eager for the entire rebuild to be completed and paid off so that his club can then start bringing in increased profits. He told the Evening News that, in the long run, it will lead to an improved playing squad.

“We have another year of pain before we really start to see the benefits of all this new infrastructure,” said Levein, who performs joint roles as director of football and manager at Tynecastle.

Asked if it will impact on this season’s playing budget, he replied: “For sure it will. Absolutely. We have something like another £1.5million to spend on the stand.

“Once the whole thing is finished – and by finished I mean everything inside that can help make us money – then it puts us in a much better position than we were in last year.

“It will take another year to get everything completely finished. If you look at the main stand just now, you will see there’s still a lot of work to do internally. We want to get it finished and looking first class. Once we’re at that point, our revenues are higher, which means there’s more money to put into the playing squad.”

Hearts have already signed five new players ahead of next season – midfielders Olly Lee and Bobby Burns, winger Jake Mulraney, plus strikers Steven MacLean and Uche Ikpeazu.

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Hearts have expressed their “delight” in a light-hearted response to being crowned club statement champions for the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership season.

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READ MORE - Ex-Hearts boss Ian Cathro criticises ‘b******t’ impression of him

Hibs fan Lewis Cumming has kept track of every club statement issued by top flight sides over the course of the campaign and yesterday announced Hearts as the winners.

The Jambos issued 15 in total as they sought to keep supporters updated on the redevelopment of the Tynecastle main stand, not to mention the switch in manager earlier in the season as Ian Cathro was relieved of his duties following a disappointing Betfred Cup group stage exit.

They finished one place ahead of Rangers. The Ibrox club made a late charge at the tail end of a season in which they were led by three different managers.

Lewis Cumming wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations Hearts - SPFL Club Statement League Champions. Despite a fierce comeback from Rangers it wasn’t enough to knock a strong Hearts PR team that occupied top spot all season.

“It’s been a thrilling campaign full of tantrums and incompetence... canny wait for 18/19.”

To which Hearts responded: “CLUB STATEMENT.

“The Club is delighted that natural order has been restored and we top this magnificent table.

“ENDS”

READ MORE - Olly Lee confident he can make the step up at Hearts

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Hearts have paid tribute to the work done behind the scenes at the club’s academy and the progression of so many players to the first-team squad.

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• READ MORE: Quiz: How well do you remember Hearts’ 2017/2018 season?

In an exclusive in-depth 20-minute documentary on the club’s official website key figures at the club are interviewed, including the players themselves, such as Harry Cochrane, Jamie Brandon and Anthony McDonald.

Footage shows the players carrying out their daily duties such as washing boots, pumping up balls and collecting kit at the Oriam where the club are based.

One of the key facets of the club since being taken over by Ann Budge is the development of youth. In the final game of the season away to Kilmarnock 11 teenagers were in the 18-man squad.

In the 2017/2018 season there were debuts handed to nine teenagers, with the 4,826 minutes played by the teens more than any other team in a European top flight. Six players played for the team aged 16.

The full video can be watched here.

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Tumultuous is probably the best word to sum up Hearts’ Ladbrokes Premiership campaign.

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• READ MORE: Hearts boss Craig Levein’s best quotes from season 2017/18

Three coaches have taken charge of the team with head coach Ian Cathro sacked four days before the start of the league season after a dismal Betfred Cup exit.

Despite a lowly sixth place finish the team had their moments, from creating a new clean sheet record for the club to stopping Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run at 69 with an emphatic win. Plus there were derby victories in the Scottish Cup and league.

• READ MORE: Watch: The 10 best Hearts goals of the 2017/18 season

But perhaps the most important moment came on Sunday 19 November when the new Main Stand was opened for its first fixture.

Take our quiz to see how much of the season you can remember.

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Scott Robinson hears the carping about Livingston’s style of play. It’s too aggressive, it’s agricultural, it’s brutal to watch, they say. The midfielder enjoys a wry smile at such comments because it proves David Hopkin’s side are getting under people’s skin.

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Livi’s tenacity has brought them within 90 minutes of a most unlikely promotion. They head to Firhill tomorrow with a 2-1 lead from the first leg of their Premiership play-off with Partick Thistle. Yet it was notable that, for everything said about Livingston’s aggression, both their goals on Thursday night were well-worked. Robinson is happy for others to sit in judgment.

Regardless what is said, Livingston won’t change for anyone. Not now. “We don’t mind what gets said, honestly. We know that, if people are saying that, they must not enjoy playing against us,” said the former Hearts midfielder, now 26.

“We’ve got a style and it’s working, but we can play a bit as well. There are a lot of boys with ability in that dressing room. The gaffer has drilled a mentality and a style into us that gets results and it all comes from hard work.

“We know we need to be switched on for the full 90 minutes tomorrow. Partick will be right up for it. They’re fighting for their lives but we’ve got nothing to lose. We will work hard, keep a shape about us and hopefully nick a goal. If we score then they need to score two just to get extra-time.”

Robinson is riding a wave of euphoria in West Lothian at the moment. Livingston were promoted into the Championship just 12 months ago, yet with one of the division’s smallest budgets are sitting on the brink of the top flight.

They last played there in 2006 and suffered administration and demotion to Scottish football’s bottom tier in the intervening years. “We felt we could get into the play-offs but we never thought of getting to the play-off final,” admitted Robinson.

Promotion would take the player back to where he feels he belongs. After leaving formative club Hearts and spending a year at Kilmarnock, injuries took their toll. He joined part-time East Fife before a visit to a well-known Bradford surgeon changed his career.

“I went down to Bradford to see Dr Schilders last summer,” explained Robinson. “He pinpointed what was wrong and told me I had a small tear in my oblique muscle. He said that was causing all my groin injuries. He went in, released the ligament and put some mesh in. That solved the problem.

I’m feeling strong so long may that continue.

“It would be brilliant to get back in the Premiership. Our target at the start of the season was to stay in the league. To be in this position, we’ve nothing to lose now. We just have to keep going, and who knows? We all believe we can do it but I would say Partick are still favourites.”

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Craig Levein plans to nurture Hearts’ latest group of youth academy graduates in the reserve league before considering them for first-team football.

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Chris Hamilton, Cammy Logan, Connor Smith and Leeroy Makovora all received senior debuts at the age of 16 last weekend in Hearts’ final Premiership game of the season against Kilmarnock.

Their inclusion became necessary due to injuries and suspension affecting more experienced colleagues. Manager Levein is encouraged by the progress of all four and others at the same age level, but he won’t flood his first-team squad with kids next year.

The number of Riccarton pupils who have played in the Hearts first team over the last 12 months reached double figures, a testament to the productivity of the Hearts youth academy.

Harry Cochrane, Anthony McDonald and Euan Henderson are amongst the promising teenagers who broke through this season. They will stay in the first team but others need to be patient.

“The likes of Harry, Anthony, Henderson and Lewis Moore will stay involved,” Levein told the Evening News. “The others have performed really well but I don’t think too many will be pushing for first-team places next season.

“The mental side and being able to cope in that sense is the most important thing. You never know, but I’d be surprised if any of the new ones who came in will make as rapid progress as Harry and Anthony, for 
example.”

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A season which could have easily ended in turmoil came so close to ending in European success for Hearts.

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They were only denided by a Kilmarnock team beating Celtic who had begun the game showing nine changes.

Craig Levein, the Hearts coach, said he could understand Martin O’Neill’s decision to rest some key players. “If I had a cup final coming up as my next game I might have done the same as Martin,” said Levein.

It was only back in November that Jim Jefferies left the club for Bradford City, which led to protests against chairman Chris Robinson and thousands of angry supporters gathering outside the ground.

However, such scenes were distant memories yesterday, as Levein’s side were given a standing ovation from their supporters after just failing to pip Kilmarnock for fourth place in the league, and the UEFA Cup spot that would bring.

Joining the team on the pitch at the end was Gilles Rousset, the Hearts goalkeeper who left the club yesterday after six years, while Stevie Fulton, who has been put on the transfer list, did his own lap of honour suggesting he doesn’t expect to be here next season.

As it turned out, it took two second-half goals from Stephane Adam and Colin Cameron to win the game, although that counted for nothing when the news came through that Kilmarnock had beaten Celtic.

Hearts had a great chance in only eight minutes when Kevin McKenna missed an easy back-post header and his ineptitude in front of goal was matched, from a Hearts point of view, by Adam, when the Frenchman shot weakly off the legs of Jamie Langfield, the Dundee goalkeeper, from only six yards.

Hearts were unlucky not to get a penalty on the stroke of half-time, when Mark Robertson handled Cameron’s shot in the box, an offence John Rowbotham didn’t seem to see.

Five minutes after the re-start, the home side should have sealed the win but, instead, Andy Kirk’s right foot shot from close in was turned away for a corner by Jamie Langfield.

Luckily for the striker the resultant corner from Steven Boyack led to Hearts taking the lead in what was a scrappy opening goal.

The Hearts’ midfielder played the ball in deep and, in a free-for-all within the six yard box, Adam bundled the ball in from close range.

That could have been the signal for Dundee to simply cave in but Ivano Bonetti’s side did try to get at least a draw from the game, but any such thoughts they had were extinguished with twenty minutes left.

Six Hearts players were involved in a move which was started and finished by Cameron, who ended up cracking home a magnificent volley from 12 yards out, which won all three points for the home side.

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Ian Cathro has opened up about his time as Hearts head coach, criticising the impression created of him as “b******t”.

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READ MORE - Jim Jefferies recalls Hearts’ historic Scottish Cup triumph of 1998

The 31-year-old took over from Robbie Neilson in December 2016 but was sacked four days prior to the start of the 2017/18 season after the club exited the Betfred Cup group stages - the only Ladbrokes Premiership side to do so.

His appointment created intrigue and attracted headlines due to his age and lack of playing career.

After a column in the Sun by Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd, Cathro was labelled a “laptop manager”, while the club were largely praised for the appointment of an innovative and exciting young managerial talent.

Looking back on his time on The Guillem Balague Podcast, Cathro, who had coached at Rio Ave in Portugal, Spanish giants Valencia and in the Premier League with Newcastle United, felt the “false impression” created by some in the media hampered his ability to bring success to Tynecastle.

“At the time it (the reaction to the appointment) was a bit louder than what it needed to be,” he said. “I was a bit surprised at the sort of intensity that was on it and with the chance to look back at it, what actually happened was people had decided it was some sort of test case for extremes and everybody had to pick what side they were on and it became a bit of batting the ball back and forth.

“There’s the group of people who think and believe that I represent some sort of young coach that is going to revolutionise Scottish football and bring it back up to date, and is Scottish, so this is a tremendous thing. Then there is the other side who naturally are uncomfortable with that idea and fight that with the opposites. Typically these guys know more people in the press, these guys have been around people longer and these guys have a bigger influence so the noise was louder.

“One of the issues was the fact they were successful in creating a false sense of my character and personality, that was done right at the start. There is something that is really important which is no matter what size of the football club, what culture, wherever it is in the world, the fans need to believe in the person that stands at the side of the pitch in their football team.

“And I think, typically, there is three ways that happens. The obvious one is results, which always is the most important thing. The second bit is the football that they see and how they feel about that, whether they believe in that.

“But there is also the persona of the person who is responsible for that and the person that’s got to led their team when it is difficult and when it is good, and got to maybe defend their team and defend their club when they’re being attacked and look after the players when they are under a bit of stress.

“Before I had met the players there was a lot of false impressions fed to people on scale which influenced what people’s impression of my persona was. So there’s this idea which exists in Scotland which is just b******t.”

He added: “It is a normal thing, anybody who is in that position there are positives and negatives and you have to deal with that but it did seem it became a bit of a test case for people’s ideas and I was probably positioned as something which I never asked to be.

“I never claimed that I was going to bring Scottish football into 2018. I was just a coach who wants to work hard and make progress. There were other aspects as well but I think that perception becomes even more important if you don’t have the early results.”

Cathro stated that he was glad he took the job and for the experiences which came with it, even if his 23.33 per cent win percentage is the worst of any permanent Hearts boss.

He said: “You do a lot of reflection and I think you probably reflect slightly differently as time passes as well. My reflections now are different than what they were four or five months ago.

“I’m in a position now where I’m really glad it happened. If that hadn’t happened then I wouldn’t have the scars on my back that I’ve got now and I wouldn’t see all the things that I see now and feel all the things that I feel now.

“And I’m 31. I’m really grateful for everything that was thrown at me.”

READ MORE - Olly Lee confident he can make the step up at Hearts

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Hearts manager Craig Levein wants a new centre-back after securing five new signings for next season. Reinforcing his defence is one of Levein’s priorities and he is in the market for another centre-half this summer.

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Aaron Hughes’ future remains unclear as the 38-year-old mulls over whether to prolong his career for another 12 months. Should he decide to retire, Levein will then be looking for two new central defenders.

He has already signed up midfielder Olly Lee, winger Jake Mulraney, midfielder Bobby Burns, plus strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Steven MacLean ahead of pre-season training.

A new centre-back is amongst his next priorities. “A few things are falling into place but there is still some work to be done,” Levein told the Evening News. “I’m looking for another centre-back. Whether Aaron stays or goes, I might need one or maybe two.”

John Souttar and Christophe Berra have been first choices in the middle of Hearts’ defence this season, with Hughes managing 26 appearances despite some injury troubles.

Levein was forced to throw 16-year-old Chris Hamilton, who was called into the Scotland Under-21 squad last night, in beside the Northern Irishman for the last Premiership match of the campaign against Kilmarnock. Berra was suspended and Souttar injured for the trip to Rugby Park.

Although impressed with young Hamilton’s maturity, Levein intends nurturing him in Hearts’ reserve side next season.

“Chrissy was really good on Saturday but he’s a wee bit away from being a regular starter. I’d like him to develop in the reserve team first, although I really like him,” explained the manager.

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Luton Town’s farewell Twitter message to Olly Lee gives Hearts fans an inkling of what to expect from their latest signing: “Thanks for the memories @OllyLee7... no-one will ever forget THAT goal. Nor THAT goal! Good luck.”

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The social media post confirmed Craig Levein’s recruitment of a midfielder with a penchant for bulging nets. Lee’s departure hit Luton hard after he rejected a new contract to move to Tynecastle Park, where his new three-year deal will take effect this summer.

He will aim to ripple Scottish rigging in the same devastating fashion as he did League Two in England. Just three weeks ago, Lee scored the equaliser which secured Luton’s promotion to League One away at Carlisle United.

His most notable contribution at Kenilworth Road was a 70-yard beauty from his own half in the 7-0 win over Cambridge United last November. That earned him the EFL Goal of the Year award for a strike described by Luton staff as being “from another post code”.

Players at the Bedfordshire club are saddened by the 26-year-old’s exit but expect the Hearts support to warm to him quickly. Especially if he gets his groove on from outside the penalty box.

“He is technically a very good footballer, he works really hard and trains very well. He scores spectacular goals, too,” said James Collins, the former Hibs striker who struck 20 goals of his own for Luton this season.

“Olly has scored a few great ones for us this season. I think he will do really well in Scotland. He scored that one from 70 yards, which was well-documented. He scored the equaliser to get us promoted as well. They are just a couple that spring to mind. He likes to shoot and if he gets the opportunity to score goals up north he’ll definitely take it.”

Lee learned his trade from his father, the former Newcastle United and England midfielder, Rob. He has a similar style and favours a cultured, passing approach, laced with the odd goal. He scored seven times in 43 appearances this season and has played 123 times for Luton since August 2015.

“He likes to go forward more than defending, although he does his defensive job really well. He’s done that for us all season when required,” added Collins.

“The players are a bit disappointed he’s left. Sometimes it’s better for people’s careers that they move on so I wish him all the best. The move came as a bit of a surprise to me because came out of the blue. I knew Luton offered him a new deal and then all of a sudden he’s off to Hearts.”

His character within the dressing room will also be part of the attraction for Levein. Lee has been on the books of West Ham United and Birmingham City amongst other English clubs and arrives in Edinburgh with a solid grounding.

“Olly is very experienced, very vocal in the dressing room and his performances on the pitch certainly speak for themselves,” said Collins. “He always wants the ball, even in tight areas, no matter who is around him. I’m sure he’ll carry on playing in a similar way up at Hearts.”

Goals aside, Tynecastle regulars are eager for their team to pass the ball better next season and adopt a more cohesive style of play. Collins feels Lee will fit in perfectly in that regard.

“There are a lot of good footballing sides in Scotland. I certainly noticed that when I was playing up there and I imagine it’s still the same,” he recalled from his year-long stint at Easter Road in season 2013/14.

“I’ve watched Hearts a couple of times this season and they do like to get the ball down and play. I don’t know what system they will play but I think Olly is capable of slotting into whatever formation Hearts want to use. He won’t take long to adapt to it.”

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Hearts fans are hoping new signing Olly Lee can provide a goal threat from midfield next season and there’s little doubt the player will shoot on sight.

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Lee, 26, who has signed a three-year deal with the Tynecastle club, scored the goal which clinched promotion to League One for Luton Town three weeks ago.

However, his most notable strike for the Hatters came against Cambridge United last November, a 70-yard beauty from his own half. The stunning effort, which came during a 7-0 win at Kenilworth Road, earned Lee the EFL Goal of the Year award.

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It may have been a relatively disappointing season for Hearts, but at least there were some memorable goals involved. We’ve picked out our ten best strikes from the boys in maroon...

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People covered in urine, crying in the street and talking to clock towers. Something out of the ordinary occurred 20 years ago. Hearts won the Scottish Cup after a 42-year wait, prompting an outpouring of celebration from generations of fans. Not all of it was conventional but it made for indelible memories.

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Beating Rangers in Glasgow against all the odds left thousands upon thousands of supporters dumbstruck at witnessing such a seismic event. Hearts hadn’t lifted any major trophy for 36 years and many fans felt they were destined to remain the bridesmaids for evermore.

When referee Willie Young finally blew his whistle to signal the end of the 1998 final at Celtic Park, years of depression lifted amid unbridled euphoria. Colin Cameron’s early penalty and Stephane Adam’s goal saw off Rangers despite a late Ally McCoist strike. Those who were there recall some of the best times of their lives.

“I was at the game with my son, Chris, my brother, Tom, his son, Craig, his daughter, Stephanie, my best pal, John and his son,” says Scott Wilson, the stadium announcer at Tynecastle Park. “They were the crowd I used to go to matches with, apart from my kids, obviously, before I became stadium announcer. We went to Parkhead more in hope than expectation. We had been done so badly by Rangers previously and it was an awesome Rangers side.

“Myself and my brother were interviewed by a TV crew on the way to the ground and asked what we thought the score would be. I said 2-1 Hearts. Don’t know where it came from and, sadly, I didn’t put any money on it. It was a day in the sunshine and we wanted to enjoy it for what it was.

“We scored inside two minutes and you start pinching yourself. Hearts have scored a penalty, in Glasgow, against a Glasgow team with a Glasgow referee. This can’t be happening. It’s Rangers, they’ve got Laudrup, McCoist, so they’re going to score.

“I went to the toilet just after half-time. I’m standing there and next thing this guy jumps on me and I land in the trough of the urinal. My first instinct is to get up and banjo him – then I realise it’s because we’ve scored again. So we’re dancing around in the toilets like a couple of diddies with me covered in wee. I got back out into the stand and everybody was going tonto.

“Towards the end of the game, you kind of know what’s coming because we’ve all been through the movie before. McCoist scores, of course McCoist scores. You’re looking at your watch thinking: ‘How long before Rangers get a penalty?’ Then the whistle goes and Willie Young points, but he’s pointing for a free-kick and not a penalty.

“Laudrup takes the free-kick and it’s deflected wide. You’re then thinking: ‘Maybe this is our day.’ Willie Young added on about 47 minutes stoppage time but Rangers didn’t equalise. I cried like a baby hearing that final whistle. I was hugging my kids, everyone and anyone around me.

“We got home and my wife drove me into Gorgie for the party. What a night it was. I remember Gilles Rousset being slumped at the end of the bar in the Gorgie Suite at the end of the night. He was bare-footed, no top on, and sat in an L-shape like a proper drunk. He looked like the happiest man alive.

“I was chuffed for everybody, but especially Gilles. I saw him after the 5-1 Scottish Cup final loss to Rangers in 1996 and he was just broken. I was also chuffed for Robbo because it was his last game.”

A wall of noise blasted out from the towering North Stand at Celtic Park just after 3pm that day – Saturday, May 16, 1998. It was the sheer delirium of 25,000 Hearts fans greeting Cameron’s opening goal. Their decibel level barely dropped for the rest of the weekend.

“I was right in line with the 18-yard line,” recalls Allan Preston, the former Hearts winger and lifelong fan. “It was unbelievable scenes when the penalty went in early in the game, and likewise when the second one went in. There are certain things you remember about the day.

“It was a lovely day. I was speaking to Robbo in the build-up and he didn’t think he would play, which obviously he didn’t. He had still done his bit. Gary Locke had done his bit, too, but he was injured.

“I always remember at the end seeing a Hearts fan I know from Leith called Michael Keegan. I saw him sitting outside Celtic Park on the pavement. He was almost in tears, shaking his head in total and utter disbelief. He couldn’t believe we had won. That image of him sitting there will stay with me for the rest of my life.

“The scenes around Parkhead at the end that day were incredible. You’re seeing grown men crying. That’s what a day like that does. Hearts aren’t Celtic or Rangers who get to cup finals every season. But they don’t get the bus parades through the centre of Glasgow, whereas Hearts and Hibs can do that in Edinburgh. There seemed to be fans everywhere on the Sunday.

“Hearts have won another two Scottish Cups since then. They don’t happen a lot so you need to savour them when you can.”

There’s savouring them, and then there’s savouring them. Calum Robertson, until recently chairman of the now-defunct Hearts Youth Development Committee, is the first to admit to high levels of alcohol intake that weekend. His memory of a conversation with a well-known Capital clock survived the blur.

“We got back to Edinburgh after the final and I remember going to Haymarket and talking to the Haymarket clock. That is a tribute to the people who died, although it’s fair to say my actions were drink-induced,” he laughs.

“My son, who is 30 years younger than me, has seen Hearts lift the Scottish Cup the same number of times as me. Younger Hearts fans don’t understand what we went through. Go back to 1986 – we lost the league and the Scottish Cup final. St Mirren put us out of the cup, Airdrie put us out, so were we destined not to win it ..

“A lot of the emotion stemmed from that, although there was a lot of drink involved.

“The Sunday parade was even more emotional. I stood at the west end seeing people on bus shelters and hanging out of windows as the streets were crammed. I was just thinking: ‘Is this what it’s like when you win the cup?’

Robertson, like Wilson, also missed one of the Hearts goals at Parkhead due to one of nature’s calls.

“I missed the first one because I was still in the toilet with my Jose Quitongo wig on. I didn’t even hear the roar and it wasn’t till I got to my seat that I realised Hearts were 1-0 up because people were talking about it.

“I remember the second goal, Rangers got one back, then seeing Willie Young pointing to what I thought was the penalty spot near the end. I realised it was a free-kick and I remember thinking he was the best ref I’d ever seen.

“There were tears among older Hearts fans who thought they would never see a day like that. The 90 minutes were the longest of my life, but after 5pm the rest of it flew by. I spent the last few minutes thinking of my dad, who was with us then but wasn’t well. My family lived down in England. He’d never seen Hearts win the cup.

“One of the first people I bumped into leaving Celtic Park was Gary Mackay. I saw how emotional he was. I think I said something stupid to him like: ‘That’s for people like you who gave everything to the club.’

“The whole day just had that feeling about it.”

READERS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF HEARTS’ CUP WIN

Ronnie Moyes: “I was a nervous wreck in the closing minutes as Rangers finished the stronger team, attack after attack. When the final whistle went, I hugged my wife Shona and the lady next to me who was a complete stranger. I just could not believe we had beaten what was then the Rangers team of superstars.”

Nikki Wood: “I remember thinking the ref had pointed to the spot when McCoist got fouled on the edge of the box, getting up and heading for the toilet and only realising it was a free-kick when I got to the bottom of the stairs. I spent the next ten minutes there with about thirty other Hearts supporters until the final whistle. Really quite hard to describe what that day meant, and still does, to people.”

Keith Carlyon: Still remember every second of the game like it was yesterday. The last five minutes of injury time were absolute torture and I cried like a baby at full-time. The demons of Dens Park were finally gone At last, Heart Of Midlothian were no more the bridesmaids.”

Eric Williamson: “The worst ten minutes of my life ... waiting for the final whistle.”

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As Hearts got their season underway in July with a trip to Elgin City in the Betfred Cup, few could have envisaged the season would end with Craig Levein back at the helm.

Yet, after a dismal League Cup group stage exit ,Ian Cathro was sacked four days before the start of the Ladbrokes Premiership season. With no stand-out candidate, Ann Budge appealed for Levein to return to the Hearts dug-out for a second spell, following his successful time in charge between 2000 and 2004.

The season has been a tumultuous one at the renovated Tynecastle Park and it has been made more interesting with Levein and his media duties.

Here are some of his best quotes from the season ...

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On taking over as manager in August:

“The club is going in the right direction. This is a job I’ll like, even though I know it will be tough.”

Levein also explained the purpose of a director of football, a position he still has:

“The role of a DoF is a supporting role, it is not a question of me saying ‘do this, do that’. I’ve tried to explain this. If I was doing that, then I’d never find out if the coach is any good. Nobody knows if he is going to be a good coach until he is in the position and making decisions.”

On Ian Cathro’s reign at Hearts:

“Although he was at Dundee United, he was never anywhere near the first team or the culture of football in Scotland. Headers, corners, set pieces, long throws, second balls, all these things are synonymous with Scottish football but they aren’t in Portugal, certainly not in Spain and to a lesser degree in England.”

In September he had a swipe at a club, believed to be Rangers, and their pursuit of the Jamie Walker:

“If I was Jamie I’d be a little bit disappointed that a lot of the promises that were made to him weren’t kept. And not from our club.”

That same month he gave fans an early hint at what to expect from David Milinkovic:

“I like David – he’s something different.”

On Kyle Lafferty admitting to having a gambling problem:

“Looking at it purely from a football point of view, he has had these problems for ages and, credit to him, he even managed to play at the Euros while it was going on, which I just find remarkable.”

Levein was delighted the club opened a performance school at Balerno High School in October:

“I’m hoping in years to come we’ll be looking at this as a very significant day in Hearts’ history.”

On the 1-0 defeat to Hibs at Easter Road in October and his regret at not starting Harry Cochrane:

“We ended up giving it away, than defending. Giving it away, and then defending.”

He gave his take on the Ross Callachan and Marvin Bartley twitter spat which followed the game:

“It used to be you were man enough to say something on the field. I’ve not spoken to Ross about it. Maybe Ross will Tweet him back with something nasty. What a nonsense.”

A 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock at BT Murrayfield in November left Levein frustrated:

“I’m standing on the touchline, we aren’t playing well, we’re passing the ball backwards, it’s going back to the goalie, then to the centre-back, and back to the goalie again. I’m not feeling good about it. I know how to make the Hearts supporters happy, and that’s to do more of what we did in the second half – go forward. Going forward with a bit of pace is what we all want.”

On the new Main Stand ahead of its opening against Partick Thistle:

“It’s a miracle.”

Levein had strong words for former Hearts player and current pundit Michael Stewart in December:

“It is personal with Michael and he is just making a fool of himself. I don’t particularly like him and I hear he doesn’t like me. For him to admit that he has an agenda and for them (BBC) to still allow him the platform, for me, that is a nonsense.”

He continued: “Someone was telling me that he was trawling about on Saturday night trying to find stuff on the internet to prove that we hadn’t played well. It is hysterical. He just needs to chill. He’s going to self-combust one day, that’s for sure.

And finished by having his say on signing Stewart for the club in 2004:

“We had to put something on the contract so it was £1 a week and, without doubt, it was the worst value for money I have ever had from any player, and that is a fact.”

A 1-1 draw with Hamilton Academical in December left Levein angered with referee Bobby Madden:

“Some of the decisions were bizarre. I really don’t understand what was going on.”

On thumping Celtic 4-0 to end their 69-game unbeaten domestic run:

“I think we were in the 89th minute when I thought ‘we’re going to actually win this’. It’s just reward for the efforts the players put in.”

Levein admitted the club’s fortune when an Oli Shaw effort which crept over the line in the 0-0 draw with Hibs at Tynecastle wasn’t spotted:

“We did get out of jail.”

He responded to Hibs boss Neil Lennon’s comments that Hearts tried to kick Hibs off the park:

“Lenny forgets I watched him play. I’ve got to laugh. He made a career out of kicking people.”

In January, Levein wasn’t happy to see Marc Leonard’s decide to move to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion:

“I don’t want any of our kids to go down to England until they are first-team players but he has made his decision.”

On defeating Hibs 1-0 in the Scottish Cup fourth round with a scrappy goal:

“We managed to bundle the ball over the line and I was almost hoping it wasn’t in. That would’ve been brilliant.”

He also had his say on the Edinburgh derby in general:

“I don’t like this idea that Hibs were gaining any sort of momentum and I want to try to restore the natural order of things.”

It provoked an angry response from Lennon but Levein stood by them:

“Regrets? No, it was a good laugh wasn’t it?”

Levein had his view on Scott Brown after Harry Cochrane was injured in a clash with the Celtic captain during a 3-1 defeat in January:

“I think everybody should get a little bit more protection from Scott Brown.”

Scott Brown blamed the Hearts boss for a yellow he picked up against Kilmarnock. Levein thought there was more to it than that:

“I think it’s a nonsense Scott pointing out that he got booked on Saturday because I made a point of saying he gets away with more than most, although I do actually believe that. Then I looked at his disciplinary record and saw that he was on five bookings and worked out that getting booked means he misses the St Johnstone game — but plays against Rangers. I kind of put two and two together. And I think I’ve come up with four.”

On St Johnstone’s tactics during Hearts’ 3-0 win in the Scottish Cup fifth round:

“Years ago we succumbed to that type of bullying. But we’re a different team now. We’re not soft. If people put the ball on top of us we deal with it. We stand up to being challenged. St Johnstone found that out today.”

On defeat to Motherwell in the next round:

“The first-half performance was terrible.”

Levein stoked up the fire ahead of the fourth derby of the season in March:

“You are always just sitting below the volcano exploding. It’s who can control that the best. So I hope they are really uptight about it.”

Levein revealed he wasn’t keen on French midfielder Malaury Martin:

“He’s the type of player Ian wanted his team to play with but he’s not the type of player I want my team to play with. He just doesn’t fit in with what I want to do.”

But he was full of praise for Christophe Berra after defeating Aberdeen in April:

“He’s the best centre-back in the league. I don’t think there’s anybody who could look at him. He just does the same thing week in and week out. His performance drop off is half a per cent, if that, which is amazing.”

The club’s wretched away form baffled the Hearts boss in April:

“It puzzles me how our performances away from home can be so different to how we perform at home.”

On signing veteran striker Steven MacLean:

“One of the things that I like, and this might sound quite strange, but I like the fact he has never been able to run.”

Levein responded strongly to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers’ claims that he was “embarrassed” about the Tynecastle pitch:

“I would have hated to see the fury and the froth if they had actually lost the game. If we want to talk about a level playing field, if they bring a team through here that earn the same money as our players do, then we will put them out on the pitch and see who wins.”

More on Rodgers’ pitch jibe where the Hoops boss pointed to Scotland’s failure to reach major finals:

“So if we cut all the grass short, then we’ll go to the finals? Brilliant. Why did nobody think of that? That’s just unbelievable.”

And on Rodgers’ thoughts that the pitch hampers the development of players:

“The development of players for me is about giving them the opportunity to play - much, much more than the length of the grass. That is a serious comment.”

When asked if he asked the groundsman to keep the grass longer than usual he said:

“Maybe.”

Levein was fulsome in his praise of Cochrane’s potential after this month’s 2-1 win over Hibs:

“I’m really excited about seeing how he develops, as should everyone else be in Scotland. I’m sure he’ll be an international player of the future.”

He also hit back at Lennon for comments made in March calling Hearts “irrelevant” to Hibs:

“We’ve put them out of the Scottish Cup and now stopped them from finishing second. I think we’re relevant.”

On Kyle Lafferty:

“Kyle doesn’t need four chances to get a goal. He just scores.”

On David Milinkovic:

“He provides energy. Sometimes it’s just energy, nothing else, but it has an impact on the match. I really like him. I love him to bits, actually, but his retention of information at times is something else.”

He was left mystified at the club’s injury list ahead the 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock last weekend:

“I’ve never seen anything like that in a million years.”

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The 26-year-old has signed a pre-contract and agreed a three-year deal at Tynecastle Park. He joins winger Jake Mulraney, midfielder Bobby Burns, plus strikers Uche Ikpeazu and Steven MacLean as new arrivals ahead of next season.

Lee, the son of former Newcastle United and England midfielder Robert, rejected the chance of a new deal at Luton to move to Edinburgh after holding talks with the Hearts manager Craig Levein. He also watched last week's derby victory over Hibs.

"I’m delighted to be a Hearts player. This is a massive club and I’ve known for a couple of weeks that this is potentially happening so to finally get it done is brilliant," Lee told the club website.

"It’s a huge club. I saw the training ground and the stadium here is brilliant. To come to the [Hibs] game and see the atmosphere, the fans really sold it for me.

"Craig Levein has been massive, he’s been very enthusiastic about next season and I can’t wait to get started. He's been brilliant. He’s the key reason for selling the club to me."

Lee is confident Hearts can improve upon this season's sixth-place Premiership finish. "We’re just looking to kick on. Obviously they said sixth isn’t the best finish for Hearts but we’ll be [aiming] for top four and hopefully to win something," he added.

"That’s why I came here. I’m used to winning games and I’m looking forward to doing that in the SPFL now."

Lee helped Luton gain promotion to England's League One this season, playing 43 games and scoring seven goals. He earned a reputation down south as a cultured passer of the ball and was previously on the books at West Ham United, Birmingham City and Barnet.

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“When the ball dropped, I knew Amoruso wasn’t aware of me. He didn’t have a look. I was at his back and he couldn’t see me. I knew I would get a chance to shoot. I touched the ball and I was quite wide on a tight angle. I had to shoot quickly.”

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He did. Andy Goram couldn’t stop it. Hearts were 2-0 up and dancing in the Parkhead sun. The 1998 Scottish Cup final has been upgraded to ultra HD quality in Stephane Adam’s mind. The Frenchman’s second goal in the 2-1 victory is a cherished memory, for it ultimately ended a 42-year wait for the trophy.

“I tried to shoot as powerfully as possible,” continues Adam, speaking 20 years to the day since Hearts’ triumph over Rangers. “When I saw the ball go into the net, I just remember the noise from the stand. I knew we were 2-0 up. Then it was just adrenaline – such a sweet feeling knowing we had a chance to win.

“I saw the joy and the tears on people’s faces. I saw grown men crying. I knew nothing else could happen now. Even when Rangers scored later, I was quite sure we were going to win.”

That entire weekend remains the highlight of Adam’s career. “I won three trophies as a player – the Under-21 French Cup, the French League Cup with Metz and the Scottish Cup with Hearts. I think the Hearts one is special because of the long wait for a trophy and the passion of the people.

“It’s different from France. French people love football and love their club, but they are not passionate. When I came to Scotland, I saw people give everything to their club and you can feel that. Especially when you see 200,000 people in the streets of Edinburgh to celebrate winning the cup.

“I didn’t know a lot about Hearts when I signed the year before, but I learned the history that season. Talking to players and supporters, they told me they would never forget us if we won something.

“Going to Celtic Park for that final, we felt we were going to win the game. I just remember the confidence we had in the team. We scored after two minutes and it was the perfect start. I still get goosebumps when I think about it.

“I never expected to see so many people for the trophy parade the day after. That’s when I realised how important it was. All these people told me all season how important it was to win a trophy. They talked to me about 1986, the team that lost the title and the cup in the space of one week. There was a lot of frustration.

“I realised at the end of the game and during the party on the Saturday night how big it was, but I had no idea how many would be on the streets the next day. I think there were more people on the streets of Edinburgh that weekend than in Paris after France won the World Cup a month later. It was crazy.

“We went to the City Chambers and drove through the streets to Tynecastle and I will never forget all the people cheering. I still have all the pictures from the newspapers and photos I took myself. I cherish them all.”

The relief was almost tangible given the years of cup final torture Hearts fans endured previously. David Weir sensed the meeting with Rangers was the chance to make history.

“Hearts were associated with not performing on the big occasion. You don’t like to be associated with that,” he recalls. “You want to be the team that overcomes it and takes that reputation away. It was great for us as a group of players to be the ones who did that by winning the Scottish Cup after so long. It was really satisfying.”

Weir represented Scotland at the World Cup the following month and would later reach a UEFA Cup final with Rangers. “I’ve had a great career. I couldn’t have bought any of it, but winning the cup with Hearts was a special day. It was my first major trophy. It’s always great to win things and Hearts weren’t a club associated with winning trophies. That’s being brutally honest. It was nice to get that monkey off the club’s back.

“I remember the relief when the game was over. Colin Cameron scored early, then we went 2-0 up, they pulled one back, then they almost got a penalty. [Brian] Laudrup had a free-kick right at the end and then there was that relief at the final whistle.

“We wanted to win so badly. At the time, Hearts didn’t have a great record in cup finals and hadn’t won the Scottish Cup for a long time. You saw the joy on Hearts fans’ faces at Celtic Park, then again back at Tynecastle that night. Everybody was out on the streets. It was the same again the following day along Princes Street and through Gorgie.

“We stayed in the Caledonian Hotel and it was just a great couple of days to end the season. They were really good times. The boys knew how to enjoy themselves and we were all relatively young at the time as well.”

Midfielder Cameron played the role of firestarter in the final with a penalty after only two minutes. The flames still burn brightly to this day. “I still get asked about it,” he says.

“So many people have come up to me and said: ‘You made me money scoring first in the 1998 final.’ I’ve certainly had a few drinks out of it. I have two daughters who are nine and ten. When people come up to me, they’re like: ‘Dad, what’s all that about? What’s going on?’ You try to explain to them but they’re into stage school, gymnastics and running.”

Cameron believes the 1998 Hearts team are perhaps even more revered than those who subsequently won the Scottish Cup in 2006 and 2012. “Once you finish playing, you’re often forgotten about. I think because there was such a big gap between Hearts’ previous Scottish Cup win and the 98 one, we get looked upon maybe a little more fondly. It had been such a long time,” he explains.

“It was a cup final and there were nerves, but I didn’t feel we were under pressure to win. We weren’t expected to win because it was a great Rangers team. The pressure was on them, not us. The boys were just so keen to get out on the park and get going.

“The pressure probably did increase after we scored. We had our noses in front but we still had 88 minutes to go. Our gameplan didn’t change. In previous games, we’d tried to go toe-to-toe with Rangers and Celtic and it didn’t work. This time we tried to sit back and hit on the break. Getting the early goal worked perfectly.”

It set the tone for a weekend of celebrations which, 20 years later, are just as memorable. “Being on top of that bus coming along Gorgie, you were within touching distance of people hanging out of windows,” says Cameron. “It was an amazing feeling that will live with me till the day I go.”

• The history boys

Gilles Rousset: Frenchman exorcised ghosts from the 1996 final, when Rangers’ 5-1 win over Hearts included a Brian Laudrup cross slipping through his legs.

Dave McPherson: Former Rangers player enjoying his second spell at Tynecastle. Solid at right-back throughout the 90 minutes.

David Weir: This was the first of many major honours in his career. The defender headed off to the World Cup with Scotland after the final.

Paul Ritchie: Youngster who also suffered in that 1996 final but was a more mature and reliable presence in central defence for Hearts two years later.

Gary Naysmith: Only 19 at the time and experiencing his first taste of major silverware. Would go on to have a top-level career in England and at international level with Scotland.

Thomas Flogel: The versatile Austrian filled a number of positions in maroon and performed a key role on the right side of a five-man midfield against Rangers.

Colin Cameron: Showed nerves of steel to score the opening goal from the penalty spot after only two minutes. Also scored from the spot earlier in the competition against Albion Rovers.

Stefano Salvatori: The finest day of the late Italian’s time with Hearts. Anchored midfield superbly and looked a class act against a star-studded Rangers team.

Steve Fulton: Deputy captain with Gary Locke injured. Worked like a trojan in addition to his technical ability and was a picture of delight at full-time.

Neil McCann: Winger had a quiet final having been asked to be disciplined on the left flank like Flogel on the right.

Stephane Adam: Two goals in the semi-final and the decisive one in the final. The French striker’s shot across Andy Goram and into the Rangers net remains one of the most cherished moments in Tynecastle history.

Grant Murray (sub): On the bench to provide defensive and midfield cover if needed but didn’t make it onto the pitch.

John Robertson (sub): Final involvement with Hearts as a player. Was stripped ready to go on in the dying seconds but the substitution wasn’t made.

Jim Hamilton (sub): Replaced the tired Adam with 12 minutes remaining to provide some fresh legs up front.

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John Souttar will only report for Scotland duty next week if he is 100 per cent recovered from a hamstring injury, according to Hearts manager Craig Levein.

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The 21-year-old received his first senior call-up on Monday when national coach Alex McLeish named him in a 24-man squad for forthcoming friendlies against Peru and Mexico. Hibs full-back Lewis Stevenson and Celtic winger Lewis Morgan were also included for the first time.

Souttar, though, is not yet fully fit having missed Hearts’ final two league matches of the season due to a hamstring complaint. Levein is eager to see his centre-back make his full international debut but does not want to risk further aggravating the injury.

“I’m pleased to see John in the Scotland squad. I just don’t know if he’s going to be fit and available,” Levein told the Evening News. “He’s got that knock so we’ll just have to see how he is. If he’s 100 per cent then he’ll go. We obviously have to make sure he isn’t in any danger of making his injury worse. We’ll see how he progresses over the next few days.”

Levein believes Souttar’s call-up is a reward for the player’s patience. He captained Scotland Under-21s after also winning caps at under-19 and under-17 level earlier in his career.

His consistent form throughout this season sees him join Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin in the full squad.

“Souttar has been very patient,” said Levein. “Getting selected for your first Scotland squad is a big moment. If he is selected to play at any point then it will be a really significant moment in his career.”

Scotland face Peru in Lima on Tuesday, May 29, before meeting Mexico in Mexico City on Saturday, June 2. Levein said he has no qualms with his players making the mammoth journey across the Atlantic Ocean at the end of a demanding domestic campaign.

“I like our players to be involved in international football. I think it does them a lot of good. Unless playing for their country is going to make an injury worse, then you will never hear me complaining about any of our players being selected for international duty.”

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Hearts have confirmed the arrival of Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger Jake Mulraney ahead of next season.

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The 22-year-old will report to Riccarton next month for pre-season training after the clubs agreed a swap deal involving Hearts midfielder Angus Beith. Mulraney trained with the Edinburgh club last December and impressed manager Craig Levein enough to secure a two-year contract.

Beith, also 22, heads to the Highlands hoping to kickstart his career in the Ladbrokes Championship having come through the Hearts youth academy.

John Robertson, the Inverness manager, said: \"We wish Jake all the best. He is going to a big club with big ambitions and if he can get his consistency levels higher on a regular basis then he has an opportunity to succeed in the top leagues.

\"It will be a challenge for him and one he should embrace because he has all the tools at his disposal to make an impact at a higher level.

\"We are delighted to secure Angus for ICT. He has been unlucky with a couple of injuries that have seen him drop down the pecking order at Hearts, but has been excellent in loan spells at Stirling Albion and, more recently, at Stranraer - where he netted eight goals in 14 matches.

\"Angus is comfortable on the ball and competitive in the tackle and he will be a very good addition to the squad and increases the competition in the midfield area.\"

The swap deal means no development fee will change hands between the clubs.

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A glitch on the Rangers website has suggested that new manager Steven Gerrard has been busy in the transfer window – signing players from the club’s rivals.

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John Souttar, Leigh Griffiths and John McGinn are just some of the players with profiles as the Hearts, Hibs and Celtic squads have found their way onto the Ibrox club’s website.

Most players have a bland profile with no information other than their name. However, for Celtic striker Griffiths it has pulled through his No.9, while there is the all the ‘latest news’ on Hearts’ on-loan forward Steven Naismith from 2012.

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Craig Levein will assess Jack Hamilton’s situation over the summer as he is wary of the highly-regarded back-up goalkeeper stagnating at Hearts.

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The 24-year-old became the club’s first-choice last season and also forced his way into the Scotland squad, but he has endured a frustrating campaign this time round as understudy to Jon McLaughlin after the club decided to go with a more senior keeper. His appearance in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock was his first since August.

Levein is currently looking for an experienced replacement for McLaughlin, who looks set to return to England after an impressive campaign in Edinburgh, but the manager is aware of the need to ensure Hamilton gets a chance to accelerate his development after such a barren season. That may involve the homegrown keeper being allowed to go on loan in order to get game time.

“Jack’s a good goalkeeper,” said Levein. “That’s the problem with having a good second goalkeeper who is young. He needs to play, and that’s the challenge. He has another two years left on his contract and it’s about what we do with him next season. It’s great for me to have a back-up like that but he needs to play, so I need to look at the situation next season. I get that he wants to play more often, which I understand. We’ll see what happens.”

St Johnstone have been credited with an interest in signing Hamilton, but the goalkeeper insists he is determined to remain at Tynecastle and try and regain his place. “I’ve still got two years left at Hearts and I want to get back in the team,” he said. “If Jon does move on – and I don’t know what he intends to do – then I definitely feel ready to come in and play every week and I would love to do that.

“Obviously, it’s been difficult for me but Jon has been in fantastic form and only one goalie can play. That’s football. It’s just about me getting prepared over the summer and being ready to come 
back in next season.”

Hamilton made several impressive saves at Rugby Park on Sunday and was pleased with his performance in what was his first appearance since a 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell just before McLaughlin arrived in August. “It was disappointing to lose the game but it was brilliant for me just to get back on the field again, and to chip in with a couple of saves was good because that’s what I wanted to do,” he said. “I was happy with my performance.

“Jon has come in and done really well, which has been tough for me. It’s been about taking a step back, watching him and seeing what I can learn from him to try and make myself better. Having done that, hopefully I can kick on in the future now.”

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Partnering a full internationalist 22 years his senior and in direct opposition to a prolific striker 18 years older and several pounds heavier than him, Chris Hamilton was welcomed into the world of professional football with a proper test of his mettle on Sunday.

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For a centre-back standing at just 5ft 7ins tall, the 16-year-old could hardly have picked a more formidable opponent to be pitted against on his Hearts debut than Kris Boyd – the top scorer in Premier League history and also the most lethal marksman in the top flight this season.

Conscientiously assisted by 38-year-old sidekick Aaron Hughes, however, Hamilton came through his maiden first-team appearance with flying colours and was singled out by manager Craig Levein for praise as a makeshift and youthful Hearts team escaped Rugby Park with a creditable 1-0 defeat and stopped Kilmarnock striker Boyd adding to his campaign’s tally of 23 goals.

“I was watching Kris Boyd for a couple of days before to see if there was anything I’d be able to do to stop him, but he’s different class,” Hamilton told the Evening News. “He’s one of the best strikers in Scotland just now so getting the experience of playing against him is something I’ll learn a lot from and something that will hopefully help me in the future. Playing against him, I knew the physical side of it would be a big part, but I think I adapted well enough.

“I felt like I did not too bad – he didn’t score, so that’s good. To start with, he seemed to be trying to play directly against me but I don’t know if he was getting the success he wanted so he started playing on both of us. I got a few legs in on him and Aaron was speaking to me the whole time, which made it a lot easier.”

Hamilton made a point of singling out Hughes for thanks. The veteran Northern Irishman captained the team in what may prove to be the final appearance of a long and illustrious career, and the Kelty youngster is grateful that he got the chance to make his debut alongside such an experienced colleague. “It was a massive help having Aaron beside me,” he explained. “He spoke with me from the warm-up right through the 90 minutes. He’s obviously someone at the club I look up to massively. I watch him every day, how he trains and how he goes about his day-to-day life. He’s an inspiration. To get the chance to play beside him was something I’ll never forget.”

Hamilton, who had been on the bench in recent weeks after being named the club’s Under-20s Player of the Year, knew on Friday he would be making his debut as the scale of Hearts’ injury and suspension issues became apparent. He was one of five teenagers in the starting line-up and one of four 16-year-olds to make their debut at Rugby Park, with Cammy Logan starting at right-back and midfielder Connor Smith and attacker Leeroy Makovora coming off the bench. “I’d been looking forward to it ever since I knew I was going to be starting,” said Hamilton. “I was just desperate to get the game started after that. I knew Christophe Berra and Michael Smith were suspended and that John Souttar had got injured against Celtic so I had an idea there weren’t many defenders left. On Friday, Austin MacPhee said to me that there’s only two centre-backs available and I was one of them, so I knew then I was going to be in the team. I was nervous obviously, but I was also excited. I knew the game wasn’t necessarily one we needed to win so that took a bit of the pressure off. It was my debut, so I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it.”

Alongside relative giants like Hughes and Boyd, Hamilton’s lack of height was apparent. He adequately made up for any shortage of inches, however, with a mature and intelligent display which left the travelling support highly impressed. “I’m obviously aware I’m not the biggest centre-half in the world but I try not to let that affect me,” he said. “I understand the game very well and I try to use my aggression and what strength I’ve got to the best of my ability. It’s something I’m aware of and I’m in the gym working hard to try and get bigger.

“I would say I’m a ball-playing centre-back but others might disagree. I like having the ball at my feet but I like to think of myself as a good defender first and foremost. With players like John and Christophe here and watching them play every week, I can take bits and pieces from their game. With Christophe’s aggression and John’s technique and the way he uses the ball, you can take so much from that.”

At the end of a in which he has exceeded his own expectations, the Scotland Under-17 cap is hoping to continue his progress next term. He explained that the trust in youth that Levein has shown this season has given every youngster at Hearts hope that they can make the step into the first-team if they apply themselves correctly. “I wouldn’t have thought anything like this would happen to me when I started playing the game I love as a little boy, but to get the chance to make my debut for Hearts at 16 is massive for me,” said Hamilton. “It’s the gaffer who’s trusting us and giving us the opportunities. We’ve just got to go and do what we normally do and trust ourselves to perform when we get the chance. The squad was obviously short on Sunday which is why so many of us were involved, but whatever the reason we get in, whether it’s side to injuries or simply being for best player in the position, we’ve got to make sure we take the opportunity. Hopefully I’ve shown to the manager that I’m capable of competing at that level and pushing for a place next year. I’ve just got to work hard in the off season and make sure when I come back in pre-season I’m ready to go, and take it from there. I need to be ready to keep playing week in and week out for the 20s and if that takes me to the first team or our out on loan, then great.”

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Fans favourite David Milinkovic has posted an emotional message on Instagram as he looks set to face an uncertain few weeks regarding his future at Hearts.

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The 23-year-old has just completed a season-long loan from Genoa after signing in last year’s summer transfer window.

After a slow start the winger came alive towards the end of 2017 - including a tremendous two-goal performance in the 4-0 victory over Celtic before Christmas - and would finish the campaign with a combined 10 goals and assists in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

In addition to his attacking qualities, Hearts fans admire the player’s determination and work rate, and they have implored the club to do what they can to bring the French-Serbian back to Tynecastle for the 2018/19 campaign.

Manager Craig Levein is looking into the possibility of re-signing Milinkovic, along with fellow loanees Steven Naismith, Demetri Mitchell and Joaquim Adao, however with the player contracted to Genoa through next season there are no guarantees he’ll be back.

Before flying out of Edinburgh on Monday afternoon, Milinkovic took some time out to thank the club and its fans for the backing he’s received this season.

He wrote on Instagram: “I would like to thank Craig Levein, who is a very great coach, [and] staff members who are very professional and who have been here for me and the whole team every day for training.

“I would also like to thank the entire team that has never let go, one which has always been welded and present in the great moments.

“And finally I would like to thank our beautiful supporters who have always supported us at any time in this incredible stage. You’ve been our greatest strength. Thank you for everything @heartofmidlothianfc. For me, Edinburgh will always be maroon.”

While some supporters took Milinkovic’s post as a goodbye message and an indication that he wouldn’t be back for the new campaign, they were offered some hope after captain Christophe Berra replied to the message.

The Scottish international wrote, “see you next season my friend” along with a winking face emoji.

Milinkovic then responded with “my captain” along with a pair of love and flex emojis.

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Hearts centre-half John Souttar and Hibs left-back Lewis Stevenson have been called into the Scotland squad for the first time.

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Souttar, 21, and 30-year-old Stevenson have been included in manager Alex McLeish’s 24-man group for the friendlies against Peru and Mexico.

Hearts are also represented by goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, while Hibs’ midfield duo Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn have been picked.

There is, however, no place for Tynecastle skipper Christophe Berra. The 33-year-old centre-half was a mainstay in the national team under previous boss Gordon Strachan, but has been omitted for a second time by McLeish.

Scotland take on Peru on Tuesday, May 29 in Lima before travelling to the Azteca Stadium to play Mexico on Saturday, June 2.

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