Welcome back to Loan Watch – a return that has nothing to do with international break, I promise – where we will update you on the twelve men out on loan and inform you of their progress each weekend. There were nine men in action this week. This is how they got on:
Burns in first Lions start
Bobby Burns started a superb week with a fantastic performance against Celtic in a 0-0 draw on Sunday lunchtime. It was the Northern Irishman’s first start for Gary Holt’s men having come off the bench in four previous matches.
Playing as a left wing-back, Bobby helped keep a clean sheet against a Celtic side that have hit 15 goals in their last four games.
Then, on Monday, he was called up to Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland squad for the first time – quite an eventful few days for the 19-year-old.
Irving triumphs over Hearts’ teammates in derby
Andy Irving was on the winning side as Falkirk and Dunfermline clashed at East End Park, with the 18 year-old playing the full 90 minutes.
He faced tough opposition in Hearts’ teammates Malaury Martin – who was recently named Pars Player of the Month for October – and Aidan Keena. Unfortunately, Aidan was taken off in the first half as he picked up a knock. Malaury was again impressive, looking tidy in possession.
It is still unclear as to what the origins of this derby are – the towns are 13 miles apart and separated by the River Forth. Regardless, they are always tasty affairs and on this occasion referee Andrew Dallas dished out six yellow cards.
A long-range strike from Zak Rudden wrapped it up for the Bairns with 71 minutes on the clock and Allan Johnston’s men could find no way to respond.
Hamilton back from suspension
Chris Hamilton made a return to the Berwick Rangers line-up after being sent-off for against Cowdenbeath two weeks ago.
The defender was one of three Berwick men who saw red as they were beaten 3-0 by Cowdenbeath at Shielfield Park.
Thankfully for the Scotland under-21 cap it was a winning return as the Black and Gold recorded a 4-2 win over Elgin – making the 452-mile round trip all the more worthwhile.
It was Johnny Harvey’s first league win as Berwick manager and lifts them five points clear of bottom side Albion Rovers.
Other Jambos in action…
Ryan Edwards was cautioned for the fourth time already this season as he battled against Dundee for fellow relegation candidates St Mirren which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Aussie played the full 90 minutes for the seventh time this season having become a stalwart in Oran Kearney’s starting XI.
Dario Zanatta played the full 90 minutes for Alloa in a surprise 2-0 win over Morton in Greenock.
The Canadian is cementing himself in Jim Goodwin’s side this season, notching two assists so far.
In League One, Euan Henderson started for Montrose for the first time in since September but he was unable to help as his side were beaten 2-0 by league-leaders Arbroath.
It was further bad news as Lewis Moore’s Forfar Athletic were beaten 4-0 by Brechin at Glebe Park. The winger came off the bench to replace Murray MacKintosh but by that point the Loons were already 3-0 down.
Heart’s Loanees This Weekend:
- Bobby Burns (Livingston) 90 mins v Celtic
- Ryan Edwards (St Mirren) 90 mins v Dundee
- Malaury Martin (Dunfermline Athletic) 90 mins v Falkirk
- Aidan Keena (Dunfermline Athletic) 35 mins v Falkirk
- Dario Zanatta (Alloa Athletic) 90 mins v Greenock Morton
- Andy Irving (Falkirk) 90 mins v Dunfermline Athletic
- Lewis Moore (Forfar Athletic) 31 mins v Brechin City
- Euan Henderson (Montrose) 90 mins v Arbroath
- Chris Hamilton (Berwick Rangers) 90 mins v Elgin City
Not in action: Kevin Silva, Conor Sammon, Rory Currie