First Team

Craig: Peter provides options

21st February 2019

Craig Levein has no issues with facing a selection dilemma as he prepares to welcome Peter Haring back into the first-team fold.

The Austrian midfielder has been sidelined since the winter break after undergoing double hernia surgery, having played through the pain barrier in the run up to 2019.

He’s trained this week and on course to be named in the matchday squad to face St Mirren at Tynecastle on Saturday, and the manager has revealed he now has a selection headache but, for a change, of the good kind.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference today, Craig said: “I’m delighted to get Peter back. He’s a big player for us in more ways than one.

“Obviously his physical presence is good for us at both ends of the field for set pieces, but his composure in midfield and his workrate are both excellent.

“It’s good to have him back. My difficulty will be, now we’re getting everybody back, picking the right team.”

 

The Jambos will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s agonising last-minute defeat at Motherwell.

Still in the hunt for a European place, Craig’s side welcomes a St Mirren team that pulled off an impressive draw against Aberdeen last time out, a result that the manager believes shows how tough Saturday’s game will be.

“It (the Motherwell game) is done,” he said. “Obviously there was disappointment for everyone but believe it or not its not the first time I’ve been disappointed in my career.

“It’s just about moving on and looking positively towards the next match.

“They (St Mirren) have done well to go up to Pittodrie and get a point. I think they were twice in front, if I remember correctly.

“They’ve made some changes since the window opened, Oran’s brought some players in.

“The very fact they got that recent result up at Aberdeeen, where they managed to frustrate them and get a draw, is a warning for us for the game at the weekend.”

Craig’s pre-match press conference is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV by clicking here.