Teenage midfielder Aaron Scott is aiming to make the most of his opportunity with Hibs after his dream of making it at Hearts was dashed.
The 17-year-old development player last week fixed himself up with the Hibees until the end of the season after a year-and-a-half with the Jambos came to an end when he was told he wouldn’t be having his contract renewed this summer.
“I was told by Hearts a few weeks ago that I was free to leave,” he told the Evening News. “I was told I could stay and use the facilities until my contract expired in the summer or I could find myself a club this month.
“I had a few contacts at Hibs, so I got in touch with them and they were happy to take me. I’m only signed until the end of the season but hopefully I can earn myself a longer contract.”
Ironically, Morningside boy Scott made his debut for Hibs Under-20s in last night’s derby defeat at home to Hearts. “It was a bit strange playing my first game against the boys I’ve been training with for the past year and a half,” he said. “I was sad to leave Hearts but I’m happy to have found a club so quickly. I’ve been told what I need to work on so hopefully I can improve with the help of everyone at Hibs. I knew a few of the boys already and they’ve made me feel welcome, so it’s been quite an easy transition.”
Hibs Under-20s coach Joe McBride was impressed with Scott. “Aaron played really well for an hour – I was pleased with him,” he said. “He showed a lot of composure on the ball and a good range of passing. He’s got a good football brain.”
Hearts Under-20s boss Jack Ross added: “I’m pleased for Aaron that he’s been able to secure a new club so quickly. I was telling Joe McBride that he’s a terrific boy to work with and has a fantastic attitude. Myself, Robbie [Neilson] and Stevie [Crawford] will be delighted if he goes on and has a good career in football because he’ll deserve it.”