Dylan McGowan is adamant Hearts’ young players won’t be destroyed by their weekly struggle against adversity, with the Australian insisting that being thrown in at the deep end will do them good in the long run.
With Gary Locke’s squad down to the bare bones as a result of administration, the manager has had to rely heavily on academy products, with many promoted to the first team way ahead of schedule
With so few options available, he has been unable to take his inexperienced players out of the firing line and give them a rest, as would be the case in normal circumstances. Concerns have been raised in some quarters that throwing so many youngsters into such an intense situation could end up doing serious damage to their development.
However, 22-year-old McGowan, the “old head” of Hearts’ young batch, feels that the players have a good outlook on the situation and will ultimately emerge stronger from being part of the most threadbare squad in the Premiership as they battle to overcome a 15-point penalty.
“Getting beat does nothing for your confidence, but we need to appreciate that we are gaining experience with the first team,” said McGowan ahead of today’s clash with Inverness at Tynecastle. “How many of us would be getting this amount of games with any other team in the league? In the long run it will be beneficial but at the moment the confidence is suffering. The only way to change that is to put some points on the board.
“Our spirits are quite high because everyone realises how lucky we all are to be getting regular Scottish Premiership football at this age.”