Hearts loan round-up: Striker Wighton and Olly Lee on target, but no wins for Jambo loanees

While Hearts were in SPFL Championship action against Queen of the South, the club had players involved for loan clubs and on international duty this weekend.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:30 pm
Dunfermline's Craig Wighton (centre) celebrates making it 2-0 during a Scottish Championship match between Dundee and Dunfermline Atheltic at Dens Park, on March 27, 2021, in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

Surprisingly, though there were no wins for ANY of the Jambos across any of the games.

Craig Wighton was on target in the Championship’s televised game for loan club Dunfermline – who he will join permanently in the summer – and made a huge early impact for the Pars.

The striker found the net to put Stevie Crawford’s side 2-0 up against Dundee after laying on the opener for Kevin O’Hara. However Dundee battled back to win 3-2.

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Lewis Moore completed 90 minutes for Arbroath against Inverness Caledonian Thistle after sitting out last week’s match with his parent club. However Dick Campbell’s side were defeated 1-0 in Inverness with a goal from ex-Tynecastle trainee Nikolay Todorov.

In League One, Harry Cochrane played 50 minutes of Montrose’s 2-2 draw with Clyde and Connor Smith was replaced after 73 minutes of Cove Rangers’ 0-0 draw with East Fife. Cammy Logan was an unused substitute for Paul Hartley’s side.

Further down the divisions Chris Hamilton was a 90th minute substitute on for Stirling Albion in a 1-1 draw at Elgin City while Harry Stone was in goals for Albion Rovers in a 1-1 home draw with Annan Athletic.

It was another 1-1 draw for Olly Lee and Gillingham in England’s skybet League One. The on-loan Hearts midfielder came off the bench after an hour and found the equaliser for his temporary team six minutes later to secure a key point against league leaders Hull.

Colin Doyle and Jordan Roberts were both out of action in the SPFL Premiership with the international weekend providing a break for the league, but Craig Gordon and Michael Smith were both away on international duty.

While Hearts went down 3-2 to Queen of the South without the pair, Gordon was an unused substitute for Scotland in a 1-1 draw in Tel Aviv against Israel and Smith was a late substitute for Northern Ireland in a 2-1 defeat against the USA in Belfast – marked for a wonder-goal for one-time Hearts transfer target Niall McGinn in the closing stages.

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