Callum Paterson believes his maturity shone through in Hearts’ 0-0 draw with Celtic on Saturday.
The right-back found himself in a duel with Celtic winger James Forrest throughout the 90 minutes, a task made harder by the fact he picked up an early booking.
However, he battled hard and got the better of his opposite number, something that might not have happened as little as a year ago.
“We’ve not been on a great run of form in general so it’s good to hang on for a point,” said Callum. “I’ve shown a bit of maturity. A couple of years ago, or even last year, I might’ve got another yellow card and get sent off, but it shows a bit of maturity to not get sent off and just standing up and defending like I know I can do.
“I enjoy it to an extent. It’s always good to play up against a good player and come out equal. He did well in the first half and I kind of figured him out towards the end of the second half so I knew how to deal with him. It was a great game and we did well to hang on for a point.”
The point at Celtic Park capped off a fine week for the Jambos, who also progressed through to the Scottish League Cup quart final. As ever, Callum and his teammates are refusing to get carried away.
“We’ve just come up from the Championship,” he said. “We didn’t do unbelievably well in the Premiership last year, we won the Championship so it’s a bit of an overstatement to say we’re going to win the league and finish top whatever, but we’re doing well and we’re looking forward to taking last year’s form into the this year.
“We’re doing well, hopefully we can carry it on.”