Kevin McHattie: ‘Gary Locke will lift Hearts’

Buzzing: Kevin McHattie. Picture: SNS
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Kevin McHATTIE believes the enthusiasm and drive of new manager Gary Locke will ensure beleaguered Hearts are able to lift themselves for the remainder of their league ­campaign.

The Hearts players had a few days off in the wake of their League Cup final disappointment against St Mirren last Sunday but the young left-back is adamant they will resume their SPL campaign away to Aberdeen next Saturday fired up and ready to restore some pride and optimism under Locke’s charge.

McHattie said: “We’ll be right up for the rest of the league games – Lockey will have us buzzing for them.”

McHattie is thrilled that the Hearts board opted to hand Locke the reins on a permanent basis on the eve of Sunday’s final and believes that having a man who successfully came through the youth ranks at Tynecastle to look up to will provide inspiration to the ­numerous promising youngsters currently trying to establish themselves in the first team.

The 19-year-old added: “Lockey will be a great manager. He has had experience of coming through as a youngster at Hearts, and gone on to be a club legend at the club, so he’ll help all the young boys here.

“He’s the sort of guy you want to play well for and impress. I don’t want to let him down.”