First Team

Halkett wants to hit heights

18th July 2019

Craig Halkett believes he’s already reaping the benefits of his Hearts move after scoring on his competitive debut.

The defender capped off a fine performance on Tuesday night with a headed goal in the 2-0 win against Cowdenbeath as the Jambos went top of their group in the Betfred Cup.

Training alongside the likes of Christophe Berra and John Souttar, the 24-year-old knows it will be a challenge to stake a claim for a first-team place but he thinks Tynecastle is the perfect place for players to excel.

"It is a massive challenge to come in here and try to get myself playing regularly and into the team but it is something I want to do and I am looking forward to it,” he said. "I knew before I signed that there were two boys in front of me and both Christophe Berra and John Souttar are top players - both are international players.

“I have only been in for four weeks or so but I already feel that I have learned so much. I don't think there are any limits here.

“We have a good squad, we have top quality players and I have see in training just how good the squad is.

“I don't think there is anything that can stop us this season.

"That is the reason why I signed for Hearts. They are challenging for cups, they are up at the top end of the table and that is the main reason why I wanted to come here and play.”