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Hearts host Hibs in yet another Scottish Cup tie - the third consecutive season the Easter Road side will make the short trip to face their city rivals. Patrick McPartlin looks at the biggest talking points ahead of the cup derby

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No Stokes without ire?

Before Friday morning, the biggest pre-derby story was undoubtedly Hearts’ acquisition of Steven Naismith on a loan deal until the end of the season. But late on Thursday, reports began to circulate suggesting that Anthony Stokes, Hibs’ mercurial marquee signing, may have played his last game for Neil Lennon’s side. A series of off-the-field incidents is said to have pushed the Hibs backroom staff to its limit, with rumours the former Celtic and Sunderland striker could be on his way out before the end of the January transfer window.

Stokes played the last 90 minutes for Hibs the last time the two teams met, but it remains to be seen if the Irishman has any involvement on Sunday.

Hibs defeated Hearts 1-0 without Stokes in October at Easter Road and furthermore, statistics show that Hibs have won just one league game in which Stokes has scored - last month’s 2-1 win over Ross County.

He also netted in the 4-1 loss to Aberdeen at Pittodrie, the 2-1 home defeat to St Johnstone, the 2-2 home draw with Motherwell, the 1-1 draw with Dundee at Dens Park and the 3-1 home loss to Hamilton.

Hibs aren’t without options up front if Stokes is ommitted; young striker Oli Shaw ‘scored’ in the last match between these two sides while Simon Murray, Martin Boyle and new loan signing Jamie Maclaren will be pushing for a starting spot.

Lithuanian forward Deivydas Matulevicius, who came on as a substitute during December’s fixture despite being told earlier that month that he was free to leave, could also be named in the squad if Stokes isn’t included.

Naismith v Maclaren

On the subject of strikers, Steven Naismith and Jamie Maclaren could both play a part in Sunday’s match. Both have signed short-term loan deals from Norwich City and SV Darmstadt 98 respectively.

Naismith has already spoken of his desire to be playing regularly, after falling out of favour at Norwich and battling injury.

Maclaren, too, is eyeing game time but is also targeting a place in Australia’s 2018 World Cup squad.

Hearts are desperate for quality in the final third while Hibs have been crying out for a penalty box striker in the mould of Jason Cummings - Naismith and Maclaren look like being perfect fits for their respective clubs.

Whether they both start is debateable, but the duo will almost certainly see action for their respective sides at some point in the match.

Life’s a pitch

The last meeting between the two teams was not pretty.

Statistics showed there was just one shot on target in the entire game as the game largely became a showcase for the aerial skills of Christophe Berra, John Souttar, Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor.

The last three matches between these two sides at Tynecastle have ended in draws; the infamous 2-2 draw when Hibs came back from two goals down at half time on their way to winning the Scottish Cup, followed by the 0-0 draw in the second Scottish Cup meeting and then the goalless draw last month on league duty.

It would be a very optimistic person that predicted anything other than another gritty game of attrition on Sunday, especially given the recent snowy weather and cold temperatures in the Capital.

Recent photos appear to show Hearts using a heat treatment on the pitch ahead of the game but it remains to be seen if this will have much of an effect on the quality of a game that in recent seasons has become more of a battle than a football match.

Cochrane’s derby?

Harry Cochrane’s absence from the Hearts midfield during the last meeting between the rivals was noticeable.

The visitors edged a hard-fought midfield battle and while Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn will likely line up for Hibs, the presence of Cochrane - one of the best passers of the ball at Tynecastle - should make for an intriguing ding-dong in the engine room.

Cochrane’s goal against Celtic in the stunning 4-0 win over the champions showed how far he’s come since he appeared for the second half of Hibs’ 1-0 win over Hearts at Easter Road in late October.

He showed in that game that he can produce the goods on the big occasion, and while Hearts will be without Kyle Lafferty up top, the return of Cochrane and his midfield colleague Arnaud Djoum could tip the midfield battle in Hearts’ favour this time out.

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

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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.

The heartfelt tribute is the brainchild of lifelong Hearts fan Neil Reid, 47, who is urging both sets of fans to put their rivalry aside during the 30th minute of Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash at Tynecastle.

Neil said: “We want to get as many Hearts and Hibs fans coming together to stand strong 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.”

Shaun’s mum, Denise Syme, has praised the idea with both sides of his family having opposing allegiances when it comes to football.

She told the Evening News: “Anything that makes people aware of our campaign and asking questions about Shaun’s case is good.

“I think it would be great to see two rival teams chanting together for the same cause.

“Shaun was more than a Hibs fan. He loved playing football.

“His grandpa, uncle and cousins on my side of the family are Hearts fans and there was never any animosity between Shaun and them, just friendly banter at derby time.”

Shaun’s killer was part of a drunken gang attacking strangers across the city on Hogmanay.

He was charged with murder but found guilty of culpable homicide during the November trial. Almost 70,000 people signed a petition calling for justice at the teenager’s sentence.

The Dickens in Dalry Road, run by a Jambo, is flying a banner above the lounge bar backing the bid after being contacted by Shaun’s dad, Kevin.

It is emblazoned with both Hibs and Hearts badges - as well as those of Bonnyrigg Rose and Leith Athletic, both former teams of Shaun’s.

He has now printed out handheld versions of the banner and distributed them to fans to hold up during the 30th minute tribute.

Dickens landlord and Hearts fan Callum Anderson said: “I think its an excellent idea that the fans can unite for 60 seconds. We printed out loads and people have sent them over to Gorgie and Leith for Hibs fans to bring with them too.

“There is obviously a big rivalry but it’s great that it will be put to one side for such a travesty.”

Tam Hansborough, of Four In Hand Supporters’ Club, said: “It’s heartwarming to know people are together in supporting the family and putting the bitter rivalry aside.”

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Hearts have confirmed that Rafal Grzelak has left the club by mutual consent.

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The Polish defender, 29, joned in June after a two-year spell with Korona Kielce in his homeland.

Grzelak, who made 16 appearances for Hearts, also had spells with Wisla Plock, Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biala and Dolcan Zabki prior to signing for the Jambos.

A club statement read: “Rafal moves in search of more regular first-team football and the club would like to wish him well in the future.”

Primarily a left back, Grzelak was pushed further down the pecking order following the arrival on loan of Manchester United youngster Demetri Mitchell.

Craig Levein often opted to play Jamie Brandon and Michael Smith - both right backs - in the left full back slot due to the long-term injury to Ashley Smith-Brown.

His last appearance in a Hearts jersey came in the 0-0 draw with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park when he replaced Smith in injury time.

Grzelak’s last start for the Jambos came in the 2-0 win over Dundee on December 12.

• Hearts have also announced that 17-year-old Andrew Irving has been permanent recalled from his loan spell at Berwick Rangers, with Alex Petkov joining the Wee Gers on a development loan until the end of the season

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Hearts boss Craig Levein admits it is unlikely Steven Naismith’s loan move will be made permanent after the forward joined from Norwich.

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The Scotland international arrived at Tynecastle on Thursday to sign a six-month loan deal following a frustrating spell on the sidelines in England.

An ankle injury has restricted Naismith’s playing time this season, but upon his return to fitness he struggled for game time and fought to secure a move away, with Hearts pipping a number of clubs to his signature.

Levein sees the deal as something of a coup, but admits the finances behind the move mean a permanent transfer in the summer is unlikely.

“I think that will be difficult,” he said. “It is quite a costly exercise for us for where we are at just now.

“To do it on a permanent basis would be extremely difficult.

“My priority was trying to get him through the door, so nothing has been spoken beyond the loan deal.”

The two worked together almost a decade ago when Levein was in charge of Scotland.

That working relationship was important in getting the deal over the line and Naismith’s professionalism will be crucial in the dressing room.

Levein said: “I know him reasonably well having worked with him in the Scotland job, we always had a good relationship and I rate him very highly as a player and as a person.

“We heard he was getting a bit frustrated and not playing, so we tried to get him in and thankfully we’ve managed to get him.

“He scores goals, is energetic and a very good player. He is a really decent guy as well and that side is important.

“I am hoping that personality will rub off on some of the younger players.”

Levein has so far brought in Demetri Mitchell alongside Naismith with Jamie Walker going the other way, and there could be more to follow.

“There are some players who are frustrated that they are not playing and have made it clear to me that they want to move on, and that’s a normal situation in any window,” said Levein.

“Whether that happens I don’t know, but yes we could see some players leaving but nothing is for definite.”

READ MORE - Craig Levein ready for hectic Hearts schedule after gains in Spain

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Arnaud Djoum is one of five Hearts players back in training and fit for Sunday’s Scottish Cup Edinburgh derby against Hibs.

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Michael Smith, Lewis Moore, Anthony McDonald and Rafal Grzelak are also free of injury and available for the fourth-round tie at Tynecastle Park.

Ross Callachan was expected to train with the first-team squad at Riccarton today and has an outside chance of being included in the squad. Prince Buaben is likely to miss out.

Djoum’s recovery from an injury which affected his calf and Achilles is a major boost to Hearts as they try to beat Hibs for the first time in ten attempts. The Cameroonian stayed behind to work on his fitness last week while his team-mates headed to Spain for a winter training camp. He hasn’t played in more than a month.

“I’m fit now. I just took my time to come back and not rush anything,” Djoum told the Evening News. “I’m pain-free, which took a little bit longer than expected. I did some individual training and I feel good. Now I am training with the boys and trying to be ready for the game on Sunday. “Injuries are part of football and it was frustrated watching the team from the side. Hopefully, I can now stay fit for the rest of the season.”

Manager Craig Levein revealed how others returning gives him plenty options to ponder. “The injured guys are all progressing really well so it puts us in a good position to be ready to play against Hibs,” he said.

“The one who is a wee bit behind is Prince. I don’t think he’s going to make Sunday. By the looks of things, the others should be ready to at least be in contention.”

Levein knows the stakes are high as Hearts try to eliminate their city neighbours from the Scottish Cup at the third time of asking. The clubs met in the competition last season and the season before, with Hibs prevailing after a replay on both occasions.

As director of football, Levein watched head coaches Robbie Neilson and Ian Cathro endure criticism from fans in the aftermath. He then suffered a similar fate when Hibs beat Hearts 1-0 in the Premiership last October at Easter Road.

“It was a stick to beat me with when we lost to Hibs,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what your record is. If you lose, you’re taking criticism. That’s part of the job.

“I’m feeling good ahead of this one. There is always a little bit of added spice with this fixture and this is no different. The fact it’s a cup tie adds to that. We haven’t done particularly well in the last couple of years in cup ties so there is an added incentive to win this one.”

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The Vengaboys don’t appear on Arnaud Djoum’s music playlist but he knows at least one of their tunes thanks to Hibs fans.

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“Djoum, Djoum, Djoum, Djoum, he comes from Cameroon, he’s never won a derby, a derby in maroon,” is a popular chant down Easter Road. Sadly for the Hearts midfielder, that fact is true.

He has just recovered from an injury affecting his calf and Achilles and is preparing for his fifth outing against Hibs in Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie at Tynecastle Park. He has yet to sample victory.

It is a microcosm of Hearts’ own misfortune in the Edinburgh derby, a fixture they have not won in the last nine attempts. Hibs supporters seized upon the statistics to aim some banter in Djoum’s direction. Their adaptation of the Vengaboys’ 1999 hit “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom” draws a wry smile from the player. He is at least able to appreciate the humour whilst harbouring a burning desire to silence that song permanently this weekend.

“I’m just laughing about it. I don’t take it offensively like it hurts me or anything like that. It’s just funny,” said Djoum, speaking exclusively to the Evening News inside the Hearts training base at Riccarton.

“I think it’s more supporters’ humour. When I scored against Hibs two years ago, the Hearts fans were singing a song for me. Now the Hibs fans try to make a joke of it. I only laughed when I heard their song.

“It also makes me more excited to do things that my fans can enjoy. Hopefully that starts on Sunday. Maybe they will create a new song.”

Tynecastle’s Roseburn Stand will again be filled with green-and-white-clad Hibs followers this weekend. It is fair to assume that a fair portion of their vocal repertoire will be aimed in Djoum’s direction.

“This is what supporters do,” said the 28-year-old. “I try not to look to much at this kind of thing. When they talk about you, it’s always because you are doing a good job. I don’t take it too seriously. I just try to play and help my team-mates as best as I can.”

A Cameroonian who grew up in Belgium and played in the Netherlands, Turkey and Poland, Djoum thrives on the intensity of Scottish football. He likes the fiery nature of supporters, even when they are taunting him about his failure to beat their team two and a half years after he arrived in Edinburgh.

“I enjoy that because it means the fans are really close with their team and they are right behind their club. They always try to do something special on a matchday,” he pointed out.

“I have been unlucky in derby matches. Personally, it would be something special to beat Hibs. I really want to do that for the fans and for the club. It’s a nice challenge for me and I will do everything to achieve it.”

If he is successful, it would mean the end of that chorus once and for all. “That is the best response there could be for me so I want to make that happen.”

There is significantly more at stake in this derby than any other since the 2012 Scottish Cup final between these clubs. Djoum’s issue aside, Hibs are looking to stretch their unbeaten run against Hearts to ten games, whilst the hosts haven’t lost in nine games since November 5 and set a new club record of six successive clean sheets prior to the winter break. On top of all that, the prize for the winners is a Scottish Cup fifth-round place.

Put bluntly, avoiding defeat in this one is imperative. “For sure, there is extra pressure from the fans,” said Djoum. “They really want to win this game and we want to win, too, for them and the club. Everybody needs to be focused and ready. This is a cup game and that means even more because, if you don’t do well, you are out of the cup.”

Hearts know that feeling only too well having been eliminated from the Scottish Cup by their city neighbours in each of the last two seasons. Djoum’s only goal against the Easter Road side came at Tynecastle two years ago.

“The day I scored against Hibs, the feeling was one of the best in my life. We were 2-0 up and in ten minutes we lost two goals, it was so frustrating. Everybody was really disappointed but we need to learn from that.

“It’s such a big day and that’s why it’s really important we win on Sunday. If that happens again this time and we go 2-0 up, we have to make sure we finish with a win and go to the next round of the cup.

“This derby ranks quite high. The intensity of the match is really high. For me, it’s one of the most difficult games I have played in during my career. You see both sets of fans and you realise how important it is for the supporters. I would put Hearts against Hibs as one of the top three games I have played in during my career.”

One of Djoum’s tasks since Hearts returned from their winter training camp in Spain has been to ensure those not present during the last two seasons know what Sunday is about. Two successive cup losses to Hibs simply cannot become three.

“I think the new players know about that now,” he said. “I have tried to tell them and some of the other guys did the same. They need to be aware of this game because it’s different in the Scottish Cup. It is only one game so we have told everyone what happened before.

“Everybody saw the [league] game against Hibs at home last month, so they know a little bit of what to expect. It will be even more intense on Sunday and I think we are going to be ready for that.

“I am back from injury and quite a few other boys are back as well, so the team is close to being fully fit. I think we have a good chance to win this game.”

The midfielder insisted he has no reservations about playing from the start despite a month-long absence.

“I will be fine if I start. I will do my best and if I cannot give any more after 70 minutes or something, I will just put my hand up and tell the gaffer. I will go and give everything I possibly can for the team and see what happens.”

Whenever he walks off, he hopes it is with chest puffed out rather than head sunk. He can’t take much more Vengaboys.

Djoum spent five years of his career playing in the Netherlands but Dutch Eurodance carries no appeal. Although, if Hearts win on Sunday, he might add a different Vengaboys hit to that playlist: “We Like to Party....”

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Only 39 players have donned both the green of Hibs and the maroon of Hearts. Ahead of the Edinburgh derby, see if you can identify the footballers who have crossed the divide.

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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”.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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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.”

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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

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Craig Levein has prioritised signing a new striker before Hearts’ Scottish Cup tie against Hibs on Sunday. Talks continue regarding the Scotland internationalist Steven Naismith, however the move for Dutchman Leon de Kogel has stalled.

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De Kogel failed to agree terms with the Tynecastle club after visiting Edinburgh last week. The deal is not totally dead at the moment but Hearts are looking at other options as they race against time to strengthen their attack for the Edinburgh derby.

A new left-back was Levein’s main target this month but the loan signing of Demetri Mitchell from Manchester United completed that task last week. The Tynecastle management team have now turned their attention to forwards, mindful that Kyle Lafferty can’t face Hibs due to suspension.

“I want to make sure we have at least one more player in before the derby game,” said Levein. “That is not always within my control but that’s what I want to do. We are trying our hardest to do it. With Kyle suspended, anyone who is coming in is more than likely to be involved because of that.”

Naismith is available for a permanent transfer or loan before the end of the month having fallen out of favour at Norwich City. Hearts are one of several clubs to enquire about him.

Kilmarnock are also interested but Rangers’ loan capture of Jason Cummings would appear to end any chance of Naismith moving to Ibrox. The 31-year-old forward scored twice and claimed an assist for Norwich Under-23s against Newcastle United on Sunday.

“Steven Naismith made it clear he is going to search for another club, another challenge. It could be in the next two weeks there is a solution. Not yet,” said the Norwich head coach Daniel Farke.

“I would have no problems to go further on with him but we have given him this space to search for something else. It could be there is a solution. If not, he will be here.”

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Hearts are interested in signing Dundee United’s Scott Fraser but are waiting to see how and when the midfielder recovers from injury.

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A fractured foot suffered in last month’s away defeat by St Mirren has sidelined Fraser until the end of the season, when his contract at Tannadice expires.

Fraser has told United he will not sign a pre-contract agreement with another club at the moment because he is focused only on overcoming the injury. Hearts have watched him for some time and could make their move later this year.

The player is available for free this summer as he turns 23 in March. FIFA rules state that compensation is not due if a player leaves a club after the end of the season in which he turns 23.

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Jon McLaughlin recalls the thud of shot against crossbar before turning to look behind. He saw the ball bounce down from the underside of the goal frame and cross the line as it hit the turf. Hibs striker Oli Shaw and most others in the vicinity also witnessed it. However, referee Steven McLean and assistant Sean Carr remained impassive and play continued.

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Three weeks since the last Edinburgh derby, the goal that never was remains the subject of fierce debate. Except there is no debate, really. It was a clear goal. Martin Boyle’s low cross was struck first time by Shaw and hit the underside of the bar before bouncing about a foot behind the line. McLaughlin, the Hearts goalkeeper, didn’t need the benefit of television replays. Nor did Shaw. They knew it was in.

The injustice denied Hibs victory at Tynecastle Park. Ironically, that goalless draw was the fifth in a six-game sequence which saw Hearts set a new clean sheet record. McLaughlin can allow himself a wry chuckle now, although not at the time.

“I knew it was over the line,” he admitted. “At the time, I just ran forward as far away from it as possible looking to boot the ball up the pitch. You just get the poker face on and get away from there. You are always told to play to the whistle and that’s what I did.

“It’s probably one that will sting the Hibs fans, especially with us going on to get the club record of clean sheets after it. Was I laughing? Later on I was, but I wasn’t the time. All I was thinking was ‘don’t blow’ and thankfully he didn’t.

“It was close but for the officials to give it they have to be sure. When it bounced I could see it was over the line but I think it was pretty harsh on the linesman because he didn’t have a great view of it.

“If he’s going to give it, especially looking through bodies, with the post in the way and the fact it happened so quickly, he has to be 100 per cent sure. He clearly wasn’t and in circumstances like that they can’t gamble. They can’t make the decision just thinking it might have gone over.

“That was in our favour and thankfully for us it wasn’t given. We got away with one and got a bit of luck there but I think we deserved it because there had been times, especially earlier in the season, where things went against us. It’s all in the past now, hopefully we can go out and win the game this Sunday.”

The Captial clubs meet again, this time in the Scottish Cup as opposed to the league, with Hibs aiming to stretch their unbeaten run against Hearts to ten games. That sequence includes a Scottish Cup victory over their neighbours in each of the last two seasons. McLaughlin is merely midway through his first season in Edinburgh after forging a career in England, but he knows what this rivalry means.

“I know about the past two seasons, we are all well aware of what this game means to the club and what the competition means,” said the 30-year-old. “Hopefully we will be able to get that derby record gone and make progress in the cup.

“It has been fantastic to be involved in the derbies since I came up here. What we need to do now is win one. It’s a prestigious fixture and they are great to play in, but from our point of view a draw and a defeat so far is disappointing. The fans are crying out for us to end this run Hibs have in the derbies, so we hope to do that this weekend.

“I felt in the 0-0 game last month we did a lot of things well. We were very secure and defended well but it was a game we thought we could win. While we have enjoyed playing in them, what will make it better is winning.”

McLaughlin would happily sacrifice his historic clean sheet statistic to achieve that aim. “It is something to be proud of. It’s fantastic to get records both personally and as a team. People try to give the goalkeeper the credit in those circumstances but it’s about everyone because there is no way you are getting a clean sheet unless each member of the team is pulling their weight.

“That’s why we were able to do it, so all the players involved deserve the praise. It has been great and I hope we keep it going. But I think everyone would take a 5-4 win over Hibs this weekend if it means we are through to the next round and the supporters are celebrating a derby win. We will still have it in the league regardless, so we will be aiming to extend it.”

Earning such an accolade should see Hearts offer their goalkeeper a contract extension before his current deal ends this summer. “We haven’t spoken yet, although the club have mentioned they want to sit down and do something. That’s always great to hear and I’m happy about that,” he explained.

“I have enjoyed it here so far, it has been a great experience. There will be a lot of factors which play into it from both sides, so we will sit down and see where we go.

“There was a change of manager when I came in, the old manager had gone and Jon Daly was in charge. So I was well aware of the situation, I was always aware a new manager would be coming in. The good thing was the gaffer, Craig Levein, was at the club and had the power to say who came and went at that stage.

“So from my perspective, I knew it wouldn’t be a case of someone coming in and saying: ‘Hang on a minute, I’m not having this guy.’ It’s always a different scenario when you sign for a club which doesn’t have a permanent manager in place. But the gaffer’s coaching staff were all there, Jon, Liam Fox and Austin McPhee – so nothing much has changed, really.”

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Hearts’ move for Leon de Kogel has stalled after the Dutch striker failed to agree terms with Tynecastle officials.

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Chances of the deal being resurrected are slim, although the Evening News understands it is not completely dead yet.

De Kogel, who is available for transfer from Go Ahead Eagles, visited Edinburgh last week and was shown round Tynecastle Park and Hearts’ Riccarton training base.

He held talks and remained in negotiations with Hearts over the weekend. However, no deal could be agreed and it remains to be seen if talks continue.

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