A look at what could be Daniel Stendel’s first-choice XI for the remainder of the season.
Hearts boss Daniel Stendel was required to reshape the squad inherited from Craig Levein in January. While a number of players left, four arrived. The German feels the squad is in a better position than before the transfer window and is confident that the team are more than good enough to lift the club out of the bottom two and into a loftier league position.
1. GK: Joel Pereira
Has been Daniel Stendel's No.1 but did have a disappointing performance at St Johnstone. Photo: Ross MacDonald - SNS Group
2. RB: Michael Smith
The Northern Irishman has been injured and was previously playing in midfield. But with reinforcements brought in may be moved back to his natural position. Photo: Ross Parker - SNS Group
3. CB: John Souttar
Is forming a strong relationship with Craig Halkett after recovering from injury. Photo: SNS Group Paul Devlin
4. CB: Craig Halkett
Had his struggles after returning to the team following injury. But shown good form of late. Photo: Alan Rennie - SNS Group