Ross Callachan accomplished a lifelong dream on Saturday as he netted his first goal for his boyhood heroes in the gritty 2-1 win over Hamilton Accies.
The deadline day signing from Raith Rovers took just three minutes to get off the mark at the SuperSeal Stadium, and after the match he revealed the joy he felt at ticking something off his bucket list.
“It’s always been an ambition for me,” said a beaming Callachan. “It is for any fan - you dream of scoring for the team you support. It was a great feeling.
“My mum, my auntie, her man and my son were all here, and it was good to see them at the end.
“They were all really happy for me, and I’m delighted to get off the mark, especially scoring at the end our fans were in,” he grinned.
Ross also earned the praise of manager Craig Levein, who last week had hailed the midfielder’s contribution to the side with a dynamic display against Aberdeen.
"That's two matches and Ross has played two very good games," said Levein. “It's brilliant for him to get on the scoresheet so early in his Hearts career.
"He's obviously got a connection with the Hearts supporters as you can see - and he's got a connection with the rest of the players,” he explained.
"They love his endeavour and his willingness to do the unselfish running. His role at times today was to arrive late in the box and the two strikers created space for him - it was perfect.”