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The reaction to Ian Cathro being named as the Head Coach of Hearts has created debate amongst many in Scottish football. It is clear many still feel to be a top coach you must have both earned the right and learned the game through a professional playing career. There are of course a few notable examples of successful coaches and managers who have not played the game that should throw this argument out however it remains etched in Scottish psyche for many within the …

The potential sale of Ryan Gauld shows that Scottish football is progressing. With the sale of James McCarthy in September 2013 for £2 million there were thoughts of ‘oh a small club with 1 good player’. But no, the mistake people make is they assume because the league is small there is no quality or the lame excuse ‘its a two club league’ (Celtic/Rangers). Having watched the demise of Hearts and Hibernian, then the takeover of both clubs you can see there is a new club style in …

I’ve been inspired to start this blog regarding coaches purely for my love of the beautiful game!
The Premiership has been brought back to life with the arrival of a certain Mr Mourinho with his unique personality and quick answers but is there really anybody to rival him?
Tactically, the answer is yes. With his not so little protégé AVB having a great first season with Spurs, the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini to Manchester City, Arsene Wenger’s legendary late season come-backs and of course David Moyes having to fill the boots left by Sir Alex …

This lunchtime Hearts of the SPL were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur of the Barclays Premier League.  With new Hearts boss Paulo Sergio out to prove he is the right man for the job Hearts won’t go down lightly. However, they may not face much competition with Harry Redknapp stating that he will field a weakened side in this season’s Europa League as it’s a “Distraction” . Spurs will travel to Tynecastle on Thursday 18th August with a young side it seems. Here is all you need to know about the …

Hearts completed a triple swoop for Motherwell’s John Sutton, Jamie Hamill from Kilmarnock and St Johnstone’s Danny Grainger today.
Followers of the Jambos could also see another two SPL players in the form of defender Zander Diamond and midfielder Mehdi Tauoil from Aberdeen and Kilmarnock respectively after the Tynecastle club were heavily linked with the pair.
Perhaps the biggest capture for manager Jim Jeffries is that of prolific striker John Sutton from Scottish Cup finalists Motherwell.  Sutton had been touted as a potential target for both halves of the Old Firm …

After being released six months early from his contract with Rangers, Andy Webster has controversially returned to Hearts for a second spell. Even though some in the Hearts support will stay stubborn in their vehement dislike for the Scotland international, this could be the perfect opportunity for him to re-establish himself.
Andy Webster engineered his move away from Tynecastle in 2006 by invoking what at the time was a little known clause that allowed him to buy out the remainder of his contract. The clause allows players to move …

Hearts came out winners in a pulsating ninety minutes, scoring the only goal of the game with their sole shot on target.  Rangers dominated in the first half but failed to take one of their many chances with Marian Kello in the Hearts goal again showing that he is one of the top goalkeepers in the league.
Rangers switched from the 4-4-2 that brought about recent wins over Inverness, Hamilton and Kilmarnock, to a 4-1-4-1 formation with Kyle Lafferty leading the line.  James Beattie was replaced by Steven Naismith and Andy …

Hearts came out winners in a pulsating ninety minutes, scoring the only goal of the game with their sole shot on target.  Rangers dominated in the first half but failed to take one of their many chances with Marian Kello in the Hearts goal again showing that he is one of the top goalkeepers in the league.
Rangers switched from the 4-4-2 that brought about recent wins over Inverness, Hamilton and Kilmarnock, to a 4-1-4-1 formation with Kyle Lafferty leading the line.  James Beattie was replaced by Steven Naismith and Andy …

The question of whether Hearts can push the Old Firm and challenge for a top two finish this season has been raised in post-match interviews with increasing regularity in recent weeks, with Jim Jefferies remaining vague in his answers. That was until last night. His side showed tremendous spirit to come from behind and snatch a victory away to Kilmarnock, keeping them within seven points of leaders Celtic with a game to spare. After the win, courtesy of two goals from substitute Stephen Elliott, Jefferies suggested that the next few …

Hearts went into the New Year derby employing the 4-2-3-1 that has brought about a tremendous nine game unbeaten run and Colin Calderwood set up his Hibs side in a 4-3-3 with Derek Riordan and Darryl Duffy hugging the touchline and playing high up the pitch, keeping Hearts full backs Eggert Jonsson and Ruben Palazuelos pinned back. Ian Murray was deployed as a deep defensive midfielder whose sole purpose was to stop Skacel from playing, which was effective for the most part. Hibs defended well for the majority of the …