First Team

Craig sees shoots of recovery

29th October 2019

Craig Levein is ready to welcome back his injured players with open arms, after revealing four of them could play a part in tomorrow night’s clash with St Johnstone.

“Both Naisy and Jamie [Walker] trained with us yesterday.” Craig said. “Of the two, I think Jamie is slightly ahead. All being well in training today, I think Jamie will be on the bench tomorrow which is good.

“Glenn's feeling much better as well, so there's a chance he could be on the bench as well. Loic is injury-free and available, which is good.”

“Aidy White is available - he had concussion after the Rangers game as well, so he missed the game at the weekend. There's four that are not going into the starting line-up obviously, but it's good to see that they're starting to appear on the team sheet.

“Now, we're starting to see the green shoots of recovery, I hope.”

The Jambos haven’t recorded a league win at McDiarmid Park since 2010 – although the Jambos are unbeaten in their last seven against the Saints.

“Their games have been very close, most of them. I've watched quite a bit of their play and they've probably merited more points than they've got. Tommy will be delighted that they managed to get a win at the weekend.”

Despite the start to the season, the Jambos remain nine points off third place. Aside from the top two, the table remains very close.

“It'll be a real scrap this year for third, downwards. It looks to be the case. Teams can go on good runs at any time, but I do feel there's a general bunching of the rest of the teams at this moment in time. 

“We'll focus on this game tomorrow night. It's a while since we managed to get a victory up at Perth. We'll need another strong performance and hopefully we can come back with all three points.”

To watch all of Craig’s press conference in full on HeartsTV, click here.