Tynecastle head coach Steve Vinter has praised the contribution of Rangers skipper Lee Wallace to the club’s fine form.
Former Hearts star Wallace is a coach at the Saughton Enclosure-based side and was present at Tynie’s weekend 7-1 trouncing of Burntisland Shipyard which clinched top spot in Qualifying League Group A.
Vinter revealed Wallace’s influence on the training ground is paying off as Tynie have netted 16 goals in their opening three fixtures.
“Lee has brought a lot to the table,” said Vinter. “You can see how he has been influenced by the 4-3-3 system that Mark Warburton uses at Rangers and that’s how we want to play here at Tynecastle. It’s great for the young boys to learn from someone who has played at the highest level in Scottish football.”
Scott Coleman netted an incredible third-successive hat-trick for Tynecastle in Fife, Robbie McIntyre scored a double while Stewart O’Neil and Stewart Adams completed the rout.
In the other Group A match, Civil Service Strollers got the ideal result ahead of next Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup preliminary-round tie against Newton Stewart.
A 25-yard strike from Craig Newalls helped Strollers to a 3-0 win over Eyemouth United in the Borders with Matty Cunningham and Alex Munroe also on target. Strollers’ opponents in the quarter-finals will be Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, who finished top of Group B following a 1-0 win over Hawick Royal Albert.
“We were a bit leg weary after the Peebles game in midweek but it’s a win,” said Vale boss Raymond Carr.
Craigroyston finished runners-up in Group B, Craig Dickson netting the opener with 25 minutes to go at St Mark’s Park only for Peebles to snatch a late draw through Paul Murray’s close-range effort.
League Cup draw:
Quarter-finals: Tynecastle v Craigroyston; Lothian Thistle HV v Civil Service Strollers; Spartans v Coldstream; Leith Athletic v Duns.
Semi-finals: Tynecastle/Craigroyston v Spartans/Coldstream; Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale/Civil Service Strollers v Leith Athletic/Duns.