Brad will fight for unbeaten derby record

Brad McKay, right, celebrates a derby win with Callum Paterson
Brad McKay, right, celebrates a derby win with Callum Paterson
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BRAD McKAY is seeking to protect his unbeaten Edinburgh derby record at Easter Road tonight having never lost to Hibs at senior level.

The defender has been involved in three derbies so far in his career, winning two and drawing one, and is desperate to extend his run against Hearts’ biggest rivals.

The final Capital derby of last season saw McKay make his first-team debut as a 38th-minute substitute for the injured Fraser Mullen, who swapped Hearts for Hibs during the summer. That game finished 0-0, with Hearts winning both meetings between the clubs this season by a 1-0 scoreline.

McKay explained today that he will make sure his team-mates know about his record before kick-off this evening. “I’ve been involved in three derbies with the first team and I’ve got an unbeaten record. I know it sounds cocky saying that so I’ll touch wood as well,” he smiled.

“I’ve never been beaten against them so I want to continue that run. I’ll be making the boys aware of that before the game and tell them to make sure we don’t lose that record. Our manager, Gary Locke, had a long unbeaten record against Hibs as a player and manager and I’m looking to take that on as well.”

Hearts have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match, with Jason Holt, Gary Oliver and Mark Ridgers the only absentees.