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13 Hearts and Hibs signings who overcame slow starts to become heroes

We're a few weeks into the 2019/20 Scottish football season and that means we're already at the period where certain summer signings are being written off by supporters. It doesn't take long for fans to make a judgement, particularly these days, though these naysayers should be warned: it isn't always possible to tell the worth of a player after just a handful of matches.

Here are 13 Hearts and Hibs stars who hardly gave a good first impression but would ultimately prove the doubters wrong.

Vehemently disliked by a section of the support who saw him as the poster boy of Vladimir Romanov's interference when he signed in 2006, he would go on to captain the club to their 2012 Scottish Cup final victory over Hibs.

1. Marius Zaliukas (Hearts)

Vehemently disliked by a section of the support who saw him as the poster boy of Vladimir Romanov's interference when he signed in 2006, he would go on to captain the club to their 2012 Scottish Cup final victory over Hibs.
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The German was poor when he first arrived as he was used at centre-back. Things changed when he moved into the centre of the park and became a mainstay of the team.

2. Mathias Jack (Hibs)

The German was poor when he first arrived as he was used at centre-back. Things changed when he moved into the centre of the park and became a mainstay of the team.
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Didn't score for months after arriving from Dundee United in the 1998/99 season, he would finish the season strongly after finally breaking his duck and was top goalscorer the following campaign.

3. Gary McSwegan (Hearts)

Didn't score for months after arriving from Dundee United in the 1998/99 season, he would finish the season strongly after finally breaking his duck and was top goalscorer the following campaign.
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The lightning-quick winger barely appeared in his first eight months and, barring a couple of fleeting moments, didn't impress too much. Then he bagged a hat-trick at Ibrox and became one of the most threatening attacks in the country.

4. Ivan Sproule (Hibs)

The lightning-quick winger barely appeared in his first eight months and, barring a couple of fleeting moments, didn't impress too much. Then he bagged a hat-trick at Ibrox and became one of the most threatening attacks in the country.
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