Hearts' 2012 Scottish Cup-winning ace Suso retires while former favourite returns to France

Hearts’ 2012 Scottish Cup-winning winger Suso has announced his retirement from playing.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 3:25 pm
Suso Santana has retired at the age of 36. Picture: SNS

The 36-year-old has called time on his career after spending the last nine seasons with Tenerife.

Suso started his career with the island's biggest club and would play his entire career in the Canary Islands, where he was born, with the exception of a three-year spell at Hearts.

During his time at Tynecastle he scored 71 times, scoring nine goals.

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Clevid Dikamona is returning to France after three years in Scotland. Picture: SNS

Suso was a favourite amongst fans for his fiery style, passionate celebrations and the part he played in the club’s 5-1 hammering of Hibs in the Scottish Cup final in 2012.

He won the penalty which was converted by Danny Grainger after the interval at Hampden Park.

The Spaniard twice scored against Hibs and produced an outstanding individual performance in the League Cup clash with Falkirk where he almost dragged Hearts into the next round single-handedly.

Suso couldn’t quite help Tenerife to La Liga as captain, fourth place the highest the team finished, but on his first season back the club won the third tier.

Meanwhile, popular defender Clevid Dikamona is returning to France after three seasons in Scotland.

The centre-back, who spent two campaigns with Hearts before moving to Kilmarnock, revealed his departure on Twitter.

He posted: “Thank you Scotland, @KilmarnockFC, @JamTarts for these 3 seasons... it's time to put down the bags and reunite with the family!!! Very good memories and less good memories but above all a lot of love so not enough line here to express my feelings...”

Dikamona played 36 times for Hearts and became a well-liked figure on and off the field.

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