Gary Mackay: Fine return from Hearts’ first three matches

Kyle Lafferty hails the Hearts fans after the 0-0 draw at Rangers. Pic: SNS
Kyle Lafferty hails the Hearts fans after the 0-0 draw at Rangers. Pic: SNS
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Considering the tough away fixtures Hearts have faced, four points out of nine is a fine return.

To follow up a victory at Kilmarnock with a draw at Ibrox will do wonders for morale. One of the biggest positives is the confidence Jack Hamilton will have taken from another assured performance.

We now have a chance to go to Motherwell and make it a really respectable seven points out of 12. Having been organised and defended well in the last two games, it would be nice if we could add a bit more attacking spark on Saturday and have a bit of a go at Motherwell because the lack of creativity in the team is still a bit of a concern.

It looks like we’ll have a new head coach by the weekend and I’ll be intrigued to see which of the five contenders gets the nod. Bearing in mind the level of scrutiny the next appointment will come under as a result of how Ian Catho’s reign panned out, the main thing for me is that all of the names in question appear to be strong characters, although this is offset slightly by the fact that, apart from Jon Daly, all of them are currently out of work and haven’t exactly pulled up any trees recently. That doesn’t mean they can’t be successful at Hearts, however.

Jon has impressed me in the way he’s gone about his business as caretaker and he also knows the club and the structure so I wouldn’t have any major concerns if he was appointed. Steven Pressley and Paul Hartley both know what the club’s about, and are familiar with the demands, which would stand them in good stead. I’ve seen Billy Davies dismissed by some Hearts supporters but he has had some very good periods in his managerial career. If we could guarantee getting the best side of Billy, he would be the standout. The big concern with him would be his lack of longevity at any club and his absence from the game recently. Dougie Freedman is more of an unknown quantity to me but he has experience of managing clubs of Hearts’ stature. I’ve got no preference about who gets the job - I just hope that, after speaking to each of the candidates, the club are able to make the correct call because this is a critical appointment.