First Team

Jack: Callum's got everything

7th November 2016

Hearts 'keeper full of praise for Paterson.

Jack Hamilton was full of praise for teammate Callum Paterson in the wake of Saturday's 2-2 draw with St Johnstone. 

The Scotland full-back rescued a point for the Jambos after Chris Kane had given the visitors the lead.

Kane's shot rolled past Hamilton, whose vision was impaired by Steven MacLean. The Hearts 'keeper felt the Saints striker had strayed offside, but no infringement was called by the officials.

"When the shot was struck I thought the man was in front of me,” said Hamilton. “He stepped back and the ball rolled in. I’ve not been able to react until the ball has gone by him, so I'd say he was interfering."

Despite the setback, the Jambos immediately levelled the match through man of the moment Paterson, and the keeper was enthusiastic in his praise.

The Jambos' top scorer is in line for a Scotland starting berth in Friday's World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley, and the keeper is backing his team-mate to hit the net against the Auld Enemy.

“Everyone can see how good Callum is in the air and his goal threat,” said the Scotland keeper.

“I think he’s scored six goals this season, which is excellent for a right-back. It would be nice if he could get one at Wembley now! 

“He’s done really well and it just shows the quality he has got. But, coming through at youth level you saw he had something and it’s a pleasure to play alongside him. 

"He’s got everything. He works hard on and off the park and eats the right things. He’s got experience now.

"The way he handles games, the things he does in games... the more games you play the better you’re going to get.

"He’s maybe played over 150 games now and that really shows. He’s a key player now.”