Interim Hearts coach Jon Daly believes the club’s decision to look for a new goalkeeper this summer has brought out the best in Jack Hamilton.
The 23-year-old has seen his place under threat with former Burton Albion keeper Jon McLaughlin agreeing a deal last night following a successful trial period. Hamiltonhas risen to the challenge, however, with clean sheets in his past two matches. Hearts beat Kilmarnock 1-0 in Ayrshire before a goalless draw with Rangers at Ibrox and Hamilton made vital saves in both matches. He had the No. 1 shirt taken from him at the start of pre-season training by former head coach Ian Cathro but has responded positively wearing No. 13.
“Jack has done really well in the last couple of games. It’s probably brought the best out in him, seeing another keeper about the place. Long may that continue for him,” Daly told the Evening News.
“He was excellent again against Rangers at the weekend with a couple of good saves, taking cross balls and handling really well. That’s going to do his confidence the world of good.”
Teenage winger Lewis Moore is back training after injury and is in contention to play in Saturday’s league game with Motherwell. Defender Jordan McGhee is also recovered from an ankle problem.
“Connor Randall went into the Rangers game with a tight quad and is still feeling it but he should be okay,” said Daly. “Jordan McGhee is back training full-time now, as is Lewis Moore, but Ashley Smith-Brown is still struggling.