First Team

Crawford courts 'keeper

19th August 2014

Stevie Crawford reveals club is hopeful of landing experienced goalkeeper in time for match against Livingston.

Assistant head coach Stevie Crawford has revealed that the club are looking to bring in another goalkeeper in time for tomorrow night's Petrofac Training Cup match against Livingston.

With Jack Hamilton cup-tied, and Neil Alexander and Scott Gallacher injured, recent signing Lee Hollis looks set to make his Hearts debut, but the coaching staff are making moves to bring in experienced cover in time for the second round game.

Speaking to the media this morning at the Hearts Football Academy, Stevie said: "The rules dictate that there has to be a goalkeeper on the bench and the current situation is that we've got Neil, Scott and young Robbie Brown all injured at the moment. So we are looking down different avenues to bring in an experienced goalkeeper.

"Thankfully, Lee has come in at short notice and signed a short-term deal. So he'll be given an opportunity tomorrow night.

"I know that Robbie's actively looking to bring somebody else in for tomorrow."

Two wins from two in the league means that the Jambos are riding high, but with games coming thick and fast, Stevie and head coachRobbie Neilson are both keen to make use of the squad at their disposal.

"We're not getting carried away," he said. "You're only as good as your last game. I know it's an old cliché but we'll focus on tomorrow night. The squad will be utilised to the full.

"We've picked up a few injuries and suspensions but the boys have been doing great over pre-season and in training. That's the pleasing thing; it's not as if we're just looking to get 11 players out on the park. There's competition for places this year.

"I wouldn't like to mention individual names but, speaking to Robbie this morning and yesterday, we are looking to give boys the opportunity to go out and get, not just game time, but to go out and stake a claim for first-team places.

"We want to win games. We want to go and win against Livingston tomorrow night.

"John McGlynn's an experienced manager, I've got a lot of time for John over the years I've come up against him.

"Robbie's watched Livingston twice and they done really well against Hibs. He watched them again against Cowdenbeath at the weekend so we know what we'll be up against tomorrow night and we've got to make sure that whatever 11 starts the game, we're ready for it."

Stevie's press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.